Exotic Hardwood Decks
Extremely dense and highly durable, these materials are rich in color and resistant to insects and decay and last from 25 to 75 years (depending on species). But they are also expensive, heavy and harder to work with.Why Choose Exotic Hardwoods?
Exotic hardwoods are simply gorgeous. Nothing else looks like a hardwood deck. Exotic hardwoods are the defacto standard for all high-end homes with real wood decking.
Each type has specific natural benefits and price points. Evaluating them carefully is the key to getting the perfect deck for your budget and needs. We offer a broad selection of hardwoods that each have desirable properties beneficial to your outdoor space. Take some time to go through the different species below and get acquainted with your options.
Ipê (pronounced E-pay) originates from countries in Central and South America. Ipe decking has natural properties that make it the toughest and longest lasting decking materials available.
As you read some of the features and benefits of ipe wood decking, you'll quickly see why architects & designers around the world prefer ipe wood decking.Ipe Decking Features
Ipe decking is world renowned for its superior characteristics and properties. Ipe wood decking has an extremely dense and tight grain. The grain of ipe wood can be both wavy and straight. The color of ipe heartwood is a rich brown with red and amber hues. Due to the wood's fine texture and interlocking grain, ipe offers superior slip resistance.Ipe Decking Benefits
An ipe deck will be one of the strongest structures on your property. Its strength can be attributed to the natural oils and highly concentrated density levels contained in the wood. This combination is what will make your ipe wood deck stand the test of time. Your new ipe deck will be able to:
- Provide extreme insect resistance
- Stay cool because it doesn't retain heat
- Repel wood rot & decay
- Hold up under extreme traffic & heavy use
- Resist mold & fungus
- Outlast composite materials
- Resist scratches & slivers
- Have increased slip resistance
You may have read that "maintenance-free decking" exists. There is no such thing as "maintenance-free" when it comes to structures that are exposed to varying climate conditions. Even an ipe deck requires some general maintenance. If you want to keep your deck surface clean, you'll have to brush off leaves or clean up those spilled cups of soda when you host a party.
Aside from incidental issues, ipe decking maintenance is generally easy. We always recommend that you apply a deck oil to finish the ipe decking. Using ipe wood decking oil will boost an ipe deck's capacity to repel water and UV rays. It will also aid in keeping the reddish-brown color.
As you can see from the pictures below, ipe decks provide a touch of class and elegance to any outdoor space.
Eye-Catching Aesthetics Tigerwood (Also known as: Goncalo Alves, Brazilian Koa, and Muiracatiara) is one of the finest quality hardwoods available that features a unique light golden-brown to reddish-brown coloring with exotic black and brown streaks.
Many plastic decking manufactuers try to mimic the look of Tigerwood Decking, but these fake imitations do not match the look of the real deal!
Tigerwood is an extremely durable exotic hardwood that is naturally resistant to rot and decay. This great durability leads to a 30+ year lifespan without preservatives!