Portable Deck Built With Deck Tiles

portable deck

One of our customers is working and living on a remote job site in Texas. He setup his camper as a home away from home, however when we wanted to grill after work and relax after a hard days work he found the desert like ground less than appealing. He wanted an outdoor living area that was comfortable enough to walk on barefoot but portable like his camper. After searching online he found our deck tiles and thought they would be the perfect solution for his portable camper deck. He used 36 of our 24″ x 24″ Tigerwood deck tiles and used 6 x 6 stone pavers he purchased locally for a sturdy base.

He simply shimmed and scraped the ground as needed to make everything level then placed the deck tiles on top and snapped them together with about 36 DeckWise tile connectors. He said it was very simple to install and he wanted to share this picture with us because he was so thrilled with how it turned out. The tiles and connectors needed for the job were just over $900.

No project is to big or small we have four stocking factories in the US and two in Brazil to meet your shipping needs no matter how remote your location or the size of your job we can get it there.

Secrets Wild Orchid resort in Jamaica

Secrets Jamaica Ipe Decking
Secrets Wild Orchid resort in Jamaica demand and rely on the most durable and beautiful materials. We have supplied our Ipe Decking and other Brazilian hardwood decking to countless resorts and backyards around the world.

Secrets Resort Jamaica Decking

Designers and project managers continue to turn to us as it is costly to shut down a hotel or resort in order to replace an inferior material choice. Our material may initially have a slightly higher cost, but the beauty and longevity of our hardwoods overwhelmingly warrant the choice. A board, a bundle, or full containers shipped direct to your home or job site worldwide.

Bucking some big logs at our sawmill in Brazil

Brazil Logs

Bucking some big logs at our sawmill in Brazil. “Bucking” refers to cutting the log to length after it has been delimbed. Some of these logs arrived to our mill in 40’ lengths, so bucking we go:) A simple yet complicated process as choosing the wrong lengths can have a negative effect on the yield of the final product. Luckily these are nice clear logs with little defects, so the yield is easier to maximize. Controlling the entire process helps us ensure that the logs are selectively harvested and that the quality is controlled as tight as possible along every step of the journey. Still buying your hardwood from middle men? Call our Sawmill 941-388-9299 for all your exotic decking, flooring, beams, deck tiles, live edge slabs, Urban reclaimed, FSC certified, and hardwood flooring needs.

Custom Nautical Hardwood Flooring

nautical flooring

Our North Carolina flooring mill is making some custom nautical solid hardwood flooring for one of our customers. The flooring is made up of 6″ solid walnut flooring with 1/4″ wide maple stripes. This mimics the traditional Teak/holly boat flooring, however this is much more affordable to produce and creates the same look.  To create this look we glue maple strips onto the walnut blanks before running them through the molder to T&G. We have to precisely rip each piece of maple to the proper size so it leaves 1/4′ on the face after the tongue and groove are milled. This manufacturing process on our end allows the customer a very easy install since each piece of flooring contains a 1/4″ maple strip and a 6″ walnut plank and features our tongue and groove profile with end matching to allow easy installation that can simply be nailed down the same as standard hardwood flooring. It’s pre-finished with our low VOC matte finish.  Need something unique or custom madedon’t be afraid to call and tell us what you are looking for no project is too big or small. We will sell you one board, a bundle or a truckload.

Give us a call: 877-232-3915

DIY waterproof front porch

Easy Fix For Porch Leaking Into Basement

Years ago, many homes in the Northeast had front porches built directly over the basement foundation. The only thing holding back the cold snowy weather and the rain was 1 inch thick tongue and groove pressure treated porch decking that was painted to seal it from the elements and keep the water out.

This is not a good idea. It doesn’t take long for the paint to peel, and seasonal temperature changes will cause expansion and contraction, leaving hairline gaps that break the paint seal on the tongue and groove line. When bad rain storms hit and the wind blows just right, the covered roof offers little protection and the rain leaks into the basement. During the winter months, blowing snow sits on top of the porch, then on slightly warmer days it melts and leaks into the basement.

The water leaking down saturates the wood between the tongue and groove. The tight space blocks air flow and keeps the wood damp, leading to rot and decay.

fix for leaking porch into basement

This avid DIY guy and property investor in Buffalo, NY was forced to paint the porch every year and clear off snow throughout the winter. This was a lot of maintenance and just not always possible. When he bought the property, he knew it would all need to be redone. He started searching for solutions to create a water proof porch surface that would not rot and continuously leak into the basement.

He found the only products really made for this solution were special exterior vinyl sheets that could only be purchased and installed by certified installers. These sheets didn’t even come wide enough to cover his entire porch, which meant seams would need to be thermo-welded with a special heat gun.

Our customer found the average installation cost for these systems was $4,000 – $5,000, and quite frankly he did not like the look of these products. He said they just looked like the cheap flooring sheet goods you put on the interior of your house. In addition, he was having a hard time trusting the longevity of these products since they haven’t been around that long. He also worried that the seams would eventually fail or tear as shoes caught on on them.

It reminded him of the composite decking products that have had so many product failures and class action lawsuits. To top it all off, as a DIY guy who takes pride in doing quality work himself, paying someone that kind of money to lay down some sheets and essentially melt them together with a heat gun was like rubbing nails down a chalkboard for this home owner.

Here’s the solution our customer came up with: our Ipe deck tiles. They look much better, allowed him to save a lot of money by doing it himself, and kept everything rot-resistant and waterproof.

First he laid a few tiles the length of the porch to see where they would need to be cut:

He decided he wanted to have a continuous 6 inch Ipe board screwed into the outer rim joist and framing the entire porch. This way the tiles could float without any penetrations in the ice and water shield. Once he accounted for the width of the picture framed border, he cut the tiles to fit and decided to put the cut pieces against the house so there would be full tiles on the outermost edge of the porch.

He fixed a few rotted spots in the original porch by cutting them out and replacing them with one inch thick pressure treated wood, matching the existing material. Next he laid ice and water shield over the entire porch according to the manufacturer’s requirements, overlapping the ice and water shield appropriately and keeping everything water positive – starting at the outside edge of the porch and overlapping the seams as you work your way toward the house.

Now that the entire porch was waterproofed, it formed a suitable foundation on which to float the tiles.

One important and obvious note to consider: make sure your front door will clear the tiles when floating on top with the deck tile connectors. In this case our customer had enough room, but he was planning on replacing the old outward-swinging door with an inward-swinging one, so it wouldn’t matter anyway.

We custom milled a 2 x 6 board to match the thickness of our 20 x 20 Ipe deck tiles. This board served as the picture frame for the deck tiles.

He also replaced the old crumbling concrete steps with Ipe decking, white vinyl risers, and vinyl railing.

ipe deck tiles on front porch

DIY waterproof front porch

ipe deck tiles

Our customer said he’s been absolutely thrilled with the results, and the deck tiles have exceeded his expectations. He said the installation was a breeze since they just snap together with the DeckWise tile connectors. This picture is at the end of the first winter in Buffalo (you can see the snow pile in the back at the curb). The deck tiles still look amazing and he still can’t believe how much money he saved opposed to those ugly vinyl sheet products.

He needed 65 of our 20 x 20 Ipe deck tiles, which cost him just over $1,000. He purchased the railings from a local building supply store for around $700, and he got the Ipe deck boards, DeckWise tile connectors, and vinyl products for his risers and skirting. In the end, he completed the project for around $2,000.

Everyone in the neighborhood has complimented the new look – even the pizza delivery guy!

You can purchase deck tiles directly from us and we’ll ship them to your house or job site. No job is too big or too small.

This Brazilian Apitong Will Become Trailer Decking

Our mill workers at one of our Brazil mills are wrapping up their daily production tally of rough sawn blanks. This Angelim Pedra hardwood is mostly used for heavy duty trailer decking after we kiln dry and shiplap the boards at our finishing mill. It’s an economical specie, also known as Brazilian Apitong, and is more ecologically harvested than the Malaysian Apitong used on tractor trailer decking throughout the US. Angelim Pedra is also used for flooring, decking, furniture and a variety of industrial products. Whether you need to deck a small utility trailer or a whole fleet of flatbed trailers we are your direct source for hardwood lumber.
angelim pedra, apitong

Large Angelim Pedra Log

This is an Angelim Pedra which is also know as Brazilian Apitong. This is one massive log and it’s a good example of the perfect time to harvest a large tree that’s no longer producing seeds and is starting to center rot and die. The selective extraction allows for smaller seed bearing trees in the forest to thrive and let’s us utilize good lumber before rot/disease set in. If this tree were to sit too long rotting away it would stop producing oxygen and start putting out carbon dioxide. Some awesome slabs came off this Log at our sawmill this week. Give us a call for all your live Edge slabs, hardwood flooring, deck tiles, beams, decking, and cabinet grade lumber needs.

Angelim Pedra

Large Angelim Pedra Log