Do you have an outdoor project you want to build and want the best wood for outdoor use?
When most people think about exterior grade wood they think of pressure treated pine and cedar. Both of these woods require annual maintenance with a water sealer that will peel off.
How about a wood that…
Won’t rot, won’t leave you scraping, sanding and sealing every year and can last 75+ years outdoors.
There are several Exotic lumber species that hold up outdoors better than Teak, are more attractive looking than Teak and are significantly cheaper as well.
These species are Ipe, Cumaru, Tigerwood, Garapa and Massaranduba
These wood species have proven to last up to 75+ years outdoors with very little maintenance on commercial applications such as the Coney Island Boardwalk.
In addition these wood species are:
- One of the strongest woods in the world
- Environmentally friendly
- Low maintenance
- Up to a Class A fire rating for flame spread
- Termite, Mold & Fungi resistant
- Safe to walk on barefoot
- High scratch & slip resistance
- Can outlast composite material
- Twice as strong as Oak
- Time proven on many commercial projects
- More durable than teak
- Great for decks, docks, gazebos, benches, tables, siding, fencing
- Comparably priced with composite decking choices
- Not hot to walk on like composite material
Check out these projects built with these durable species of outdoor wood
Thank you for helping me learn more about which wood is better for outdoor decks. I like how you said that Tigerwood is one that will last a long time. My husband and I are thinking of building a deck.
I built a deck out of this it came out amazing.
These are great reasons for using a wood like ipe for outdoor projects. It is an opportunity to bring furniture quality wood to an outdoor project at a reasonable cost.
I’d like to see a photo of ipe’s natural look after a few years of weathering without a finish. Does it maintain color or does it go grey?
Could you comment on how dent resistant it is? Say if you drop a metal desk stapler.
We’ve been very happy with our cumaru deck!
Thank you so much for the thorough information regarding exotic hardwoods. We are very interested in finishing our large covered porch in Ipe, and these blog posts are really helpful.
I have always used cedar and was fairly happy. Even considered going with “fake” wood (not to be confused with fake news). After checking all of this out, I would look at Ipe or Tigerwood. Either way, my preference is real wood. Thank you all for the insights, comments, and pictures. Too many ideas.
I’m replacing my treated pine deck with Ipe this spring
Great products, local dealer
Garapa is my favorite
We have two giant redwood decks at our house on the California coast . After nearly 50 years we are replacing them with Ipe.
Thank you for the information. Looking forward to working with you.
Two ipe decks installed. Both performing spectacularly! One more balcony to go. It will also be ipe.
Installed Ipe on my back porch from Advantage in 2018 and continue to get comments about it from visitors. It looks fantastic but I can’t get over the strength and durability of this wood. It does require an annual oiling but that’s easy. Was happy when I visited Red Rocks venue in colorado (outdoor venue in the mountains) and saw big chunks of Ipe for seating. This stuff is the real deal.
We just bought our first house and are looking at building our deck hopefully this year. Using the Ipe wood would certainly save a lot of headaches in the long run. Love to use this product for it.
Very beautiful material!
Looking to build a nice looking outdoor shower next to my pool with horizontally placed wood planks. I think IPE may be a great choice.
What about heavy, direct sunlight?
Ipe is the best choice to get a durable natural deck. It has unsurpassed beauty and durability!
Ipe is one hell of a strong wood. Would love to replace my board on board fence with it.
excellent choice for outdoor use
I built a two story deck framed from structural steel to take advantage of a 270 degree view of water and mountains. I used cumaru decking and I’m very pleased with the durability and the weather resistance. We live in a very damp climate and previous wood deck materials would show shakes and checks after a couple of season despite end grain sealing prior to installation and annual cleaning and sealing with Penofin sealer.
The hardwood deck so far has not exhibited any of these issues after five years of exposure. I do seal it annually with Penofin rosewood oil to maintain the color but I have seen decks that do not get this treatment that have a grayer appearance but the wood has maintained it’s integrity.
I countersunk and used stainless steel fasteners and then plugged the holes with hardwood plugs. It’s a lot of effort to do so but I believe that the connection to the joist is much more positive than the concealed fastener clips. I have used the concealed fastener clips on other hardwood decks and since the hardwood is so dense and tight grained I had a few places where the wood had warped after installation and concealed fastener clips did not prevent the wood from moving.
I would recommend using hardwoods for decks over other materials (especially composites) because of the natural beauty of real wood grain and the strength and durability.
I have experienced quick delivery and good quality lumber from Advantage Lumber and I have recommended them to others for a source of hardwood lumber.
I have a foundation for a deck already to go. Planning on building this spring or early summer. Ipe is my wood of choice! My wife and I are very excited to get it done!
Awesome product to use here in Florida. The weather resistant properties for a natural.product are unmatched. My customer feedback after several years is nothing but positive . Advantage is the go to local source for all my Ipe jobs.
That tigerwood is beautiful! Would love to build a deck with this.
The wood will turn grey after awhile but you just roll more oil on it. It’s much less maintenance than traditional softwoods that need a water sealer which peel off. Once it starts fading to grey you just apply more oil no stripping off water sealer. Also there have been many problems with composite materials and unfortunately once those fade, flake apart, get scratched and embedded with mold there’s not much you can do to restore them. Ipe has proven to last up to 75+ years.
i love my ipe dock. still solid after 10years, and will likley last another 90!
those are some very interesting facts
I have used lumber from Advantage for around 10 years I think. It is great material at a fair price and the service is good.
All the ones you listed are great.
I also really like WHITE Oak (NOT Red Oak!).
Thank you for sharing the information, it is very helpful. Hopefully be seeing you soon
This material looks absolutely exotic…like something you’d see in a very expensive AirBNB overseas somewhere. Reviews are great for this product and the company. Nice to see that.
All time favorite wood for decks!
Beautiful selections of wood. And amazing varieties.
75 years? How does that happen?
I built a deck with IPE four years ago and still get compliments. Friends say it looks good enough to put in their house, so i tell them to DO it. It’s not just for outdoors.
an excellent choice for outdoor deck
Ipe has proven to last 75+ years on commercial applications that get a ton of use like the Coney Island boardwalk, Brooklyn Bridge and many more. It’s one of the hardest most dense woods in the world. Check out our specs page: https://www.advantagelumber.com/ipedecking.htm
Phil, You are correct we sell Ipe for interior flooring as well. It’s just as beautiful and durable indoors.
Looks great on decking, fences and siding!
The janka hardness of Ipe wood is 3,680: https://www.advantagelumber.com/janka.htm Janka hardness is the measurement of wood to indicate it’s resistance to denting like you are looking for. You won’t find a better or harder material for decking than Ipe!
Would love to have the cumaru siding.
There’s some information and a picture of an Ipe pool deck that has left to grey so it matches the house on this blog post: https://blog.advantagelumber.com/2011/11/14/why-does-wood-turn-grey/
I’ve been trying to pitch Garapa and Cumaru on any project I get which it can be used but haven’t had the right client just yet. I have found the pricing with those products are most comparative to products such as Trex. We did a very large Trex deck in 2018 and though it looked great, the slip, heat generation, and warping really turned me off that product, esp based on its cost. Trex is also a mess to clean up the shavings from a large amount of cuts, and not what I would consider a biodegradable product.
Excellent wood. Pricey but lasts way longer than other woods.
It’s time to put on a deck of our house and this is so beautiful. It will be what I’ll use whether or not I win the current contest. I do have a question though, would ipe be a good choice for the deck of a sailboat in salt water? Would the wood last like teak does? I have an Angelman Sea Spirit ketch that has a current teak deck but is being fully restored.
7 years in the harsh northern Ontario climate and mine still looks great.
Florida outdoor shower 8 years old and looks new!
Absolutely Ipe is harder than teak and just as durable. We have customers that use it on their boats as a alternative to Teak every year. True Burmese Teak has become very expensive so Ipe is our number one recommended alternative.
Cody, Very true! Many composites have had class action lawsuits for all the issues home owners have experienced. We have yet to find a composite that would last and hold up the way our customers expect so we don’t carry any.
Looking for durability plus resistance to our annual swarms of carpenter bees.
This would look amazing in our backyard!!
i installed a 2×2 cumaru deck and couldnt be happier. it has weathered extemely well and went in with ease.
i recommend you guys whenever i can. your product is the perfect solution for roofs and decks in NYC!
Carpenter bees wouldn’t want to even attempt chewing through Ipe!
Beautiful wood the colors are so rich and velvety looking. I would love to have a deck built out of it.
Great information. I never realized that there were woods out there that could last that long without being consistently treated. I wish I knew this before we redid our front deck but I will definitely keep this in mine when we redo the back one.
Still in the process of refurbishing our huge deck. I definitely want to utilize Ipe as much as possible and my budget allows!
we are looking to replace our deck and using Massaranduba wood.
Can’t wait to learn more about it. Looking to redo my 40 year old deck right now and Ipe is looking more and more like the best option.
Great wood. Looks good & lasts.
Thank you for educating me about the advantages of Ipe and the other woods. I can see the many advantages of your woods over other products.
I never heard of IPE found this very interesting and informative.
This is very helpful, thank you!
This looks amazing!
Tough material. Lasts forever and is a great solution when total cost of ownership is calculated.
I would love to build a deck out of this beautiful lumber.
Just wondering is Bamboo decking the same hardness to Ipe.
These are beautiful!
I havent had the opportunity to use IPE yet but I like the way the product reads and i look forward to building with it.
We’ve always built our decks out of treated lumber and hate the maintenance they require every year or two. I need to look at the lumber you mentioned, as it is very humid here in summer and we need something that will last with less maintenance.
A close relative had an IPE deck built many years ago and it still looks like new. I built my front deck with Cumaru from Advantage Lumber three years ago and it came out great! Not a bad board in the load. Their customer service and the shipper they used were the best!
I really could use a deck remake cause mine is rotting out.
I would love to use ipe on our porch ceiling
I have been trying for 3 years to save for a deck for our above ground pool… with twins and regular car and house maintenance the deck saving just never happens.. this would be a blessing to win!!! Thanks for the opportunity.. your information was so interesting and helpful.. cant wait to show husband.
Ive always loved the look of tigerwood! Never knew of Ipe though thanks for the input!
These are all so beautiful! I love all of the different designs and colors.
I too am interested in what ipe looks like when allowed to turn grey. Does it maintain its bug, mold and rot resistant qualities ? How often do I need to oil it? Yearly? I am sold on ipe and can’t wait to replace my rotted cedar deck. Now to find a reasonably priced contractor to complete the project!!! BTW….Advantage Lumber has been super with their customer service and my multiple calls to try to figure out cost and materials needed for my project!
Sounds like an excellent product
wow the deck would look so good on my house
Nice informative post
What are the best options all weather deck for MI decking?
great chance for a nice quality deck thanx.
As someone who has to do yearly maintenance on a traditional wood deck, I wish I knew about this earlier. When it’s time to replace the existing one, having a durable real wood option will move this to the top of the list.
This looks like it would be an amazing product to replace our old pressure treated deck.
We had an Ipe deck at our old house. Loved it but it buckled at the edges.
I need a newer and bigger deck for my back yard.
thank u for sharing the info and i need a new deck but had no clue how to start or what wood was best!!i am excited to try this wood and how beautiful my deck will be
I was thinking of going composite when we replace our deck, but I love these wooden decks. Did not know that there were wood options that outlast composite.
Great information! Thank you!
I put in an IPE deck years ago on my Austin house – it’s absolutely beautiful wood
wow. I thought fake was better.
This looks like a good investment.
Beautiful and strong! Would love this for a deck!
Long lasting and beautiful wood!
All these projects look amazing. Now I know what to build a deck with. Thank you
I’ve been in love with Ipe for years, I was sure it was my wood of choice when I finally redo our deck. I can’t get over the look of Tigerwood though, it’s the prettiest wood I’ve ever seen!!!
Wood that holds up. A look that last.
I had no idea that there were so many different kinds of wood that I could use for outdoor projects!
Love this wood. We need this for our deck!
Extremely nice, I would love to have a deck like this!
I found it interesting to know there are woods better suited for outside decks and DIY projects.
Impressive, very nice!
I love this stuff, and even though it can be expensive its worth the investment if you can get it.
Great article! We were very misinformed on choosing wood. Your products are clearly better and we love the idea of building a deck using wood that won’t rot.
The tiger wood looks amazing. What a beautiful grain and great depth. Looking to use this material as a ceiling for our outdoor patio. This grain would bring the rich colors from inside of our home to the outside. We look forward to learning more about this product and how to install.
I currently have a bamboo deck and learning about ipe as a deck choice makes me a little regretful
Great aeticle very informative thank you.
Thank you for the information.
I would love this for an upper wrap around deck for my home!!!
We are buying a home that needs new decks.Thank you for sharing. I plan on looking carefully at your info to help guide us in our reno.
Love the IPE. Looks beautiful and lasts forever!
Fantastic wood products.
Great article, we are planning on using this when we build our new deck this spring.
Excellent choice to stand up to severe weather. Thanks to Advantage for maintaining the sustainability of this amazing natural material/resource.
I would love to build a deck in my back yard with this material as well as some gates.
great product thanks for the education
we are doing a new deck this year, so thesse tips are much appreciated. some options i didn’t think of!
I plan on rebuilding my deck with in the next two years and these articles are so helpful!
This looks amazing! I have wrap around decks and it is time to start replacing! This will definitely be an option!
Amazing wood. The deck looks fantastic. Well worth buying.
There is no better choice for decking. Just try walking barefoot on this deck vs a plastic composite deck. There is no comparison.
Thank you for the information.
nice stuff – looks great
Great! Just what I need!
Thanks for the info
This looks amazing. I can’t believe I haven’t heard of it. I’m definitely going to look for local sourcing.
Thanks for the info and for the giveaway!
WOW need Reno deck home
I like the idea of not getting slpinters in bare feet….!
My parents are looking to use this product to finish a deck. It looks amazing! I especially love the look of the deck tiles.
The worst part about having a deck is the maintenance. A material that eliminates that to a large degree is worth the cost of admission so I can actually enjoy my deck instead of worrying about how well it is holding up.
My deck is seriously in need of replacement, and I have been considering composite decking. My hesitation about this choice is the hot deck in sunshine, so these options of real woos are a revelation for me.
Living in Canada would incur extra shipping costs, according tothe rules, but it would (will?) be worth it.
I love all the ways this decking can be used . I find the ideas pretty awesome! I would try it around our propane fire place !💚
I wish this material had existed or that I had known of its existence when I last built a deck.
I love the deck with the hot tub in iit. Very Nice!!!
You got to love the deck looks so well made . So amazing!!! Got to love it !
I am so excited to find this website as I consider the possibilities of adding some decking to the house.
I love the look of the Tigerwood. Beautiful!
These decks look beautiful!
IPE looks like it wood make a beautiful deck!
I have always wanted a beautiful deck on my house!!
Really informative for me since i plan on rebuilding my outdoor deck. Using the right kind of wood is of utmost importance
love this wood and would like to use more of it in future remodeling projects
Love the look. I will look into the product when we have our deck worked on in the next year or two.
I would love this
beautiful use of the decking
The only time we see issues like this are when it was not installed properly. If you follow all our instructions you should have a long lasting deck that will far exceed your expectations and WOW your guests that visit your house!
Ipe wood is our number one recommendation for all climates. One of our factories is in Buffalo, NY right along the Lake Erie snow machine. The city of Buffalo has used our Ipe for most of our boardwalks right along the water that gets slammed with ice, feet of snow and very cold temperatures to hot summer days. If you follow our recommendations and install instructions you’ll be very satisfied.
You won’t be disappointed with Ipe Wood. One of our factories is in Florida and Ipe lasts and holds up amazing in the Florida heat and humidity.
Bamboo is not a wood it’s actually a grass it grows to full size in as little as 6 months but it takes 3-5 years for it to fully lignify (harden). Since most bamboo grows in Asia they unfortunately don’t have the reputation of quality it’s quantity and cheap over quality so they cut down the bamboo before it hardens. The other issue is bamboo is a thin walled hollow plant so they must cut it into thin strips and glue several layers together to make a thick enough plank for decking and flooring. The glue they use (often cheaper formaldehyde glue) can easily fail when exposed to harsh UV rays and temperature fluctuations. This is why we do not sell bamboo decking.
I am desperate for a new deck like one of these!
We’ve built around 1000 sqft of ground level decking with Ipe from Advantage. Love how it turned out!
Have heard excellent things about Ipe. Thanks for the additional information.
Great information on wood types for decking! Enjoyed the video!
I would love the opportunity to build my dream deck out of this wood>
Thanks for share real photos, looks so good!
I didn’t realize tropical woods were more durable than some domestic ones. I enjoyed reading this and learning more about Ipe.
This is #1 on my bucket list, build a beautiful deck to relax on and enjoy the views
My Ipe Deck is 12 years old and looks new.
beautiful wood – how does cost compare to composite?
wow ! this is perfect
We are about to move to a different house. I might try to build a deck in the next year or two with this kind of wood. These photos look great.
This prize will be a dream come true for somebody. It is very beautiful.
There are many advantages to using our hardwoods like Ipe. 1. hardwoods can be oiled to keep their beautiful color and appearance for up to 75 years. Once composites fade, scratch, get mold stains, de laminate and etc… there’s little to nothing you can do with them. Ipe is priced competitively if not cheaper than the composite that try to mimic hardwood decking. We suggest you read and watch the video on our blog here: https://blog.advantagelumber.com/2011/07/29/composite-decking-maintenance-free/
Here’s some more pictures of grey Ipe: https://blog.advantagelumber.com/2020/01/20/what-does-gray-ipe-look-like/
hard to get in northwest
this is the only product to use in a place like TN
We have a warehouse in Los Angeles and ship all over the west coast with many orders eligible for Free Shipping.
The project pictures look great! I really like the colors of the wood.
I look forward to our hardwood deck!
Thank you! I learned a bit more from this article thanI had already researched. My husband and I have to rebuild our back deck and at our age, we really don’t want much on the way of upkeep or the thought of having to redo this AGAIN in 10-15 years. We also think that having one of these wood species for our deck would be attractive to buyers when we decide to sell.
Looks great! Thanks for sharing!
I would love to give this a try, I’ve used real wood decking, after a couple years it started to split and crack, I would like to see how this type of decking would up to weather and sun.
That ceiling is beautiful
I need a new deck so bad! Mine is just dirt hahah
Your pics look amazing! We’ve been remodeling nonstop on a house we bought two years ago and still have part of an old deck to replace. We built a screened in porch on part of it with stone tile flooring but want the outside deck to remain wood. Humidity and rain is a big concern here. My foot went through the old wood, as it is completely rotten. Will definitely look into this wood choice. Love the look.
Who could ask for anything more!
I am impressed that ipe and the other tropical hardwoods are both durable and beautiful. I have experience with pressure treated lumber and cedar. Both have their uses, but neither are as versatile.
75+ years?!??! This is amazing! Totally worth investing in! <3
Looks amazing, really stands out
Very Impressive, Our deck is rotting.
Many commercial applications have used it like the Coney Island boardwalk, the Brooklyn bridge and many others. These applications do not apply any treatments they just let it age naturally. Ipe has proven to last 75+ years in many applications like these.
love this! thanks for the chance on the givaway also
We need to build a deck off our back door and this would be beautiful!
I love the cumaru deck the most, all are lovely though.
great for moist areas!
Beautiful! Far superior to the painted deck we have now. Would really “class up” our home. Love that it’s environmentally friendly, too!
Worried that this type of decking will be too hot to walk on barefoot during the summer months with a pool. Looks very nice in the pics thogh!
The best wood
Is teak and the other more “exotic non-rotting woods” terribly more expensive than cedar or pine? My hubby and I just purchased a home and would like to build a small deck – but are also on a budget as we are doing a lot of projects on this home and it all adds up.
It’s naturally much cooler to walk on than composite products, each year we receive many homeowners that complain they went with composite and it burns their feet when they walk on it barefoot. You can read this blog post about the best materials for pool decks: https://blog.advantagelumber.com/2019/10/04/best-decking-for-above-ground-pools/
Many of our customers choose our woods for pool decks.
Pine is certainly the cheapest option, cedar costs a little more. We have many hardwood options that are not that much more than cedar and cheaper than composite. Since we own 4 factories in the US and 2 in Brazil we have a lot of inventory at reduced prices. Check out this blog post on 12 ways to save on hardwood decking: https://blog.advantagelumber.com/2018/08/28/12-ways-to-save-money-on-hardwood-decking/
I didn’t know anything about decks ( except my new house needs one ) until now!
Good article, more people should read it BEFORE they set one up.
This sounds wonderful! Just what I need!
Tigerwood is gorgeous! Love the look of all the woods.
I want to replace my rotted deck with this amazing product.
Ipe is is really beautiful wood. I use it in many of my art projects. People don’t realize that it’s more than just outdoor lumber.
Very informative. I really like the idea of the wood lasting 75+ years with very little maintenance. It being termite, mold and fungi resistant is downright awesome!
love dark wood
Need this. We are moving to a deckless house in denver.
It is a beautiful wood
This is a great investment for your home. The lumber looks sturdy and able to hold up in Illinois weather. Good luck, everyone!
I’m in .. this sounds awesome
Looks great price is always an issue
I would love to put a deck from this material in the front and back of my home. A small deck out front for a swing and a couple chairs and a larger one out back for entertaining guests.
this is such a beautiful product. it would look nice in our backyard.
My brother in law built a deck out of this several years ago and it still looks like new.
Thanks for all the great ideas! I learned a lot from this blog, and would love to try some of the projects pictured!
Wow, this wood looks amazing. I’m sold!
These are all beautiful woods and I would love to create our deck with one. Thank you for the great information on the woods that have these qualities.
Tigerwood Lanai is absolutely gorgeous!!! A back deck is a dream of mine and all of these make me want it more. Our backyard is west facing, so hot in the summer, need a cover.
the color of the wood is so beautiful
the most exciting feature is low maintenance
Very interesting read. Beautiful decks.
Very impressive wood. I have not seen anything else quite as durable as this. I would be very interested in using it in the future.
The quality of the IPE I purchased from Advantage was outstanding. Not a bad stick out of 200 pieces.
This wood is amazing. I’m sure many people wish that they had heard about this years ago. My next deck will have it.
Saying goodby to the yearly sanding, scraping and sealing of my wood deck. Plus enjoying the beauty of the
Ipe Deck with Garapa Border
It’s decided. I will use IPE on my deck project this spring.
I LOVE the Ipe! I also love the idea of putting in a ceiling fan! I think that would be great for the hot summer days we get in the Midwest! It is one of my dreams to build a nice deck off the front of our house, and this just gave me inspiration!
Such pretty decks! I would love to have one!
These decks look beautiful, and that they would last a long time
This was helpful information. We need to replace our big front decks this summer. But at 69 and 71 years old we are worried about being able to physically do the maintenance of keeping it nice. Sounds like Ipe is an excellent choice for our project.
I like that it’s one of the strongest wood in the world
I think the most important part of a deck should be water, mold, fungus, etc. resistance. Glad to know you guys got me covered
It’s interesting to see all of the other applications for the wood other than just decking. It gives me some ideas to experiment with that I never would have before.
My brother in law has had your deck material for years and it still looks new.
This wood looks beautiful, it would look great around a jacuzzi I plan to put in!
I’d love to cover my cement patio with the deck tiles. Are they easy to install?
I like the idea that the wood is so strong and weather resistant; and will last for so long. I was wanting to help my son with a nice deck but it’s so expensive and I’m on a Veterans disability checks . It doesn’t allow for many extras. He’s a mechanic with 5 kids and also hard to do it. BUT if I could win this for his family He would have something he could really be proud of!! Your photos are beautiful!!
All these projects are so beautiful. We really need a new deck in our back yard.
Rebuild my deck with wood that doesn’t require yearly maintenance? I’m in!!!!
They are very easy to install! Here are the instructions: https://www.advantagelumber.com/deck-tiles/installation.html
Would love to win, my back porch looks awful and I need a deck around my swimming pool that connects to the back porch
I need a new easy to upkeep deck, I am tired of all the staining and peeling on my deck.
My deck is in serious need of updating and there are so many good ideas on here, will be hard to pick just one to update our place, thanks for sharing!!
Nothing beats a beautiful deck and the ones I see on this site are amazing! I’d love to replace the ramshackle deck we currently have with this product!
This is great information. I really want a nice big deck to sit outside and enjoy the great weather, and spend time with my family. Like we use to do at my Grandparents house.
We need to replace our deck so this article was helpful. We live in a humid area.
I like that it’s environmentally friendly
I loved looking at all you do. The deck tiles are pretty. All your work is
Thanks for the information we have been wanting to put in a deck for a while…
Thanks for the info. I want to put in a deck this year.
The tigerwood i so pretty
would love to redo my deck with this
Awesome material. Would like to know more about how the wood ages.
So very pretty!
I would so love an Ipe deck and I need to replace mine!
Gorgeous color! Would love to see aged pics. Am curious as to how it may or may not fade. We will be adding our deck and fencing (fingers crossed) this coming year. It’s good to know there are some serious contenders out there besides the norm.
This deck is breathtaking! I want to have one built on my new home with these materials.
I’ve never seen anything like those deck tiles before. They are beautiful and I would love a deck built with those.
Amazing quality you can see in the pictures. Great site layout. An add comment button at the top of the page would be nice too.
beautiful decks sure would love to have one
Such good info and ideas!
I love the tigerwood!
We are building a barn to live in which we plan to live in York Co., Maine. Big loft and the whole works. I plan to have two decks and this is the best wood for outdoor use that I could possibly dream of using for decks and multiple projects to come.
Beautiful wood, would look great for our deck.
TRULY A BEAUTIFUL WOOD PRODUCT…THANKS.
This is exactly what we need for our home – a beautiful, yet durable material!
These are some great tips and tricks!
So many gorgeous specimens, thank you for all the info and inspiration!
just looking at the great projects you have done gets my thought processes going! Beautiful!
I am in Love with the Tigerwood –
this looks amazing, beautiful wood.
Thanks. This was a really helpful overview of the options.
I love the different types of Wood decks in rich wood color
The heat resistance and no slip is a real selling point. I’m loving the style we are planning a deck this summer.
I couldn’t find any local provider that came anywhere close to this beauty and quality.
This would be great to use instead of lumber on our fishing dock that needs to be repaired.
I would use it to replace our aging rotted deck
This would be a dream deck. Please make my dream come true.
I was very concerned and I looked at your forestry practices and I feel you have answered my questions. I really like the advantages with Ipe Wood and am going to seriously consider it for our new deck this summer.
I would love to be free of deck maintenance.
You have some beautiful wood.
My husband and I are reduing our small deck this spring and this article helped a bunch thank you.
Wood that doesn’t rot, low maintenance. That’s for me!
My deck is sadly coming apart a few years after putting it in. I wish better materials had been used such as yours!
Ipe is the best choice to get a durable natural deck. It has unsurpassed beauty and durability!
I have been wanting a back deck so long. This would be perfect!
Thank you for helping me learn bout all this about decks n what is the best wood to use. Now I can make an informed decision. Again thank you.
Thank you for the opportunity to win a new deck. We have been looking for new designs and your site has helped us a lot.
Nice article! I had no idea these woods were better than Teak. Love the look of that Tigerwood Lanai Ceiling!
Love! cant wait to build mine
Really great advice. Will build a new deck soon.
Direct sun has blasted our deck. We’re ready for Ipe!
I had a deck, railings and ceiling finished in Cumaru from AL. Great price and product.
I need a new deck. Mine is falling to pieces.
Intriguing. I’m at 9200 foot elevation. Harsh freeze / thaw cycles, snow load, scraping from snow shovels, intense sun and summertime heat. Haven’t found anything that holds up well over time. I’d love to resurface just one more time in my life!
I would love to have this beautiful decking in our yard!
I used Cumaru on my deck. the grain is stunning! Love it
Cumaru has become my favorite wood product for my projects. Here in Florida you have to oil regularly depending on how much sun and rain it gets. Next I am adding a fence, same material.
That is awesome that not only is it longer lasting, but also, boy is it good looking and has character
I would love to do this on my South Dakota cabin
I love decks and information like this is always helpful when I build my next one.
Will an Ipe fence gate hold up well in a hurricane? Are there special precautions to take? It’s gorgeous!!!
Deck tiles look like exactly what I need.
We are going to replace our deck this summer. So glad I found the company.
We can’t guarantee anything since a strong enough hurricane can pretty much destroy anything but many of our customers have had their decks stand up to some strong hurricane forces. If you build your fence right you should be fine. Ipe is one of the strongest woods you can buy. Here’s a post with some pictures of a boat dock built with Ipe after a hurricane: https://blog.advantagelumber.com/2018/09/24/hurricane-proof-boat-dock/
Ipe is the best wood & worth the investment.