Four Best Decking Materials

Thinking of building a wood deck to extend your living and entertaining area? Ipe wood decking, Cumaru wood decking, Tigerwood decking, and Garapa decking materials are among the best choices in the market, but choosing which one to use among them can beoverwhelming.
The information below can help you explore these options, understand how they work, and get a feel for the level of maintenance needed to keep them looking great.


Ipe wood decking


Although it ison the expensive side,Ipe wood decking tops the list because of its quality. It is a good investment for a property as it is one of the hardest woods on earth and lasts decades. The density and the natural tannins in Ipe wood make it resistant to insects and fire without preservatives needed.


Ipe is predominantly brown in terms of color, but you can also find Ipe in different hues as accents. There are Ipe wood deckingmaterials that appear almost black, red, and greenish with a very fine graining pattern.  These are the rarities but add to the unique characteristics of Ipe.


Cumaru wood decking


Similar to Ipe wood, Cumaru wood decking is resistant to rot and decay and lasts for decades without preservatives. Because it grows faster than other hardwoods, Cumaru is considered a renewable wood source.


Cumaru wood decking features pronounced grains that look even more appealing with simple coatings and stains that complement its natural color between tan to deep brown.


Tigerwood decking


Tigerwood decking has a significantly lower price point compared to Ipe decking. It is perfect for outdoor projects because its closed grain is resistant to moisture or rain. It is a heavy hardwood with brown tiger stripes, thus the name, in a reddish color. Designwise, tigerwood is often paired with Ipe railings because their colors match well. To keep tigerwood deckings well for a long time, you need a periodicUltraviolet (UV) blocker as a preservative.


Garapa decking


Garapa decking is a good choice if you prefer lighter colors and intricate grains. Its lemon-yellow color gives it a striking appearance. It has a natural slip and is scratch-resistant, so it is perfect if you want to create a cozy feel and walk barefoot. You can darken the color with a tinted finisher to add interest and character. Garapa is also durable and resists termites and fungus without the need for preservatives.


About the Author:

Bruce Master is the general manager at Advanced Building Supplies.  Advanced Building Supplies, aka ABSWood, specializes in a full line of Brazilian Hardwood products including Ipe, Garapa, Cumaru and Tigerwood. Exotic woods are a natural outgrowth for Bruce as he comes from a long line of woodworkers. His Grandfather and Father were both respected wood craftsmen and cabinetmakers. In addition to managing ABS, Bruce designs, plans, and installs his own decks. Before selling Brazilian Hardwoods, Bruce worked as a generalist at a huge Ace Hardware in Miami Florida that catered to an almost exclusive clientele of contractors working on Miami Beach.

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