Category Archives: Cumaru Decking

Is Cumaru the New Ipe?

Advantage Ipe™ & Advantage Cumaru™ are two gorgeous hardwood options.

Advantage Ipe™ & Advantage Cumaru™ are two gorgeous hardwood options.

Cumaru isn’t exactly the new kid on the block in the exotic decking neighborhood, but it has recently become the choice of wood for many designers, architects, and contractors. Its versatility, color, and similarity to Ipe has allowed Cumaru to be used for residential and commercial applications.

Cumaru is very comparable to Ipe, differing by the narrowest of margins. In the arenas of hardness, strength and density, Ipe still reigns as king, but Cumaru comes in at an extremely close second. Cumaru, just like Ipe, is rot, termite, and mold-resistant, and they both have a remarkable lifespan of 50+ years.

The biggest distinctions the woods carry are their color and price. Cumaru is a wood that has a very wide spectrum of color. Some boards come in maroon color while others are fairly blonde with hints of brown. Some people love the color variations Cumaru offers because it adds a unique characteristic only natural wood has. When it comes to price, Cumaru can be obtain at an average of 20-30% less than Ipe.

Choosing between Ipe and Cumaru isn’t a hard decision to make. Both have legendary reputations and both will practically last forever. The differences aren’t that drastic, the only deciding factors are: what color suits you best and if price is important.

The Dynamic Colors of Advantage Cumaru Decking™

Advantage Cumaru™ decking offers a diverse range of beautiful colors.
Advantage Cumaru™ decking offers a diverse range of beautiful colors.

If you are in the market for a decking material that will “wow” year after year then look no further than Cumaru. Cumaru is an excellent option if you are looking for a wood with striking color and individuality. As you can see from the deck pictured above, this hardwood presents a gorgeous display of golden tan to reddish brown colors and dark grain accents.

With Cumaru, your new deck will make a vibrant statement. Cumaru has boards that have a darker “amber red” color and some that are more of a “champagne” color. This hardwood offers a greater color variance than Ipe, making it an ideal match for any style of furniture.

Even if you let your deck weather, you will be impressed by the sleek, silver appearance it will have. If you wanted to, you could easily bring back the color of this hardwood. You could never get such a unique look with plastic decking because all their boards look the same.  And who wants the same boring deck that everyone else has? You will never get bored with a Cumaru deck!

Call 1-877-232-3915 to order your Cumaru decking today! Or, visit our online decking store to buy online!

Impressive Pool Deck Remodel with 2×4 Advantage Cumaru™

The most common area of a home that needs the most attention is the area surrounding a pool. Pools are a fun and perfect way to relax and have fun during the summer. But the water and constant sunlight can take a toll on materials very quickly. Finding, let alone choosing the correct material, can be a daunting experience, especially if all you are able to find are cold plastics or lifeless concrete. This homeowner found natural Cumaru to be the ideal material to surround his pool with.

Cumaru is the closest natural wood to Ipe with all of its attributes but at a much lower cost.  Cumaru also features light brown and red colors that contrast well with the clear water of any pool. If versatility and beauty aren’t reasons enough to choose Cumaru, you can feel safe knowing that Cumaru has great anti-slip properties that make it ideal where kids and family often run around.

All of these wonderful qualities inclined this homeowner to choose our Cumaru decking for his pool. Hear from the home owner about all of the fun that this deck has brought and how Cumaru has stood up to the many uses that it has been put through.

Cumaru Decking Brings Warmth

To fully enjoy the outdoors with the comfort of the indoors, you don’t need to visit a cabin or go camping in the wilderness; all it takes is a sturdy and well-built deck. Advantage Lumber provides you with the necessary materials to build the deck of your dreams that will be enjoyed by your family and friends.

In this video you’ll hear from Wayne Hitt, owner of WL Hitt and Associates about his experience with a very warm and welcoming hardwood, Cumaru. He used Cumaru for both his home and for his client. As you’ll see he brought warmth and charisma to the outdoors of both properties with our Cumaru wood. The tongue & groove profile was used to complete an outdoor covered porch, furnished with couches and a big screen T.V to watch Georgia Bulldog games in the fall and winter.

With Cumaru, you can enjoy the outdoors with exceptional comfort, at a lower cost than similar decking materials. Our Cumaru wood is more affordable than Ipe but features nearly the same strength and density with lighter colors to brighten up your home. Don’t take our word for it; watch the following video to learn how Cumaru decking brought nature to his home.

Advantage Cumaru™ Deck Tiles – A True Alternative to Smaller Teak Tiles

Advantage Cumaru™ Deck Tiles Boast a Lush Array of Colors

Advantage Cumaru™ Deck Tiles Boast a Lush Array of Colors

I know you’ve probably been tempted to purchase those little wood tiles to make a quick fix to the eye sore you call your backyard. You know, the ones found at those big name stores filled with products that will last maybe a year (If you’re lucky!). Well if you bought them, I’m really quite sorry. But it’s not too late to fix that mistake before those flimsy tiles start breaking on you and you become really frustrated.

The solution to your predicament is Cumaru deck tiles from Nearly the strength and stability of Ipe deck tiles, our Cumaru tiles come with a very convenient price. Not to mention, the golden to red amber colors of our sustainably harvested Cumaru is completely stunning. They make any and every outdoor space shine.

Once you’re done installing, you will never want to leave your new patio! You can sit back and enjoy your very wise long-term investment.

Call, or visit to order your Cumaru deck tiles today!

It’s Decktober! Save Now on Deck Tiles, Ipe & Cumaru

Decktober Decking Sale
In the spirit of Fall, we’ve dropped the prices on some of our most popular decking products:

  • 24×24 Advantage Ipe Deck Tiles (Smooth)
  • 20×20 Advantage Ipe Deck Tiles (Smooth)
  • 20×20 Advantage Ipe Deck Tiles (Anti-Slip)
  • 1×6 Plus® Advantage Ipe*
  • 5/4×6 Advantage Ipe*
  • 1×6 Plus® Advantage Cumaru*
  • 5/4×6 Advantage Cumaru*

So, if you’ve been looking for a reason to start building or renovating a deck or patio, this is it! Remember, premium grade materials, low shipping costs, and expert customer service is just some of the benefits you receive from buying from us. That’s the Advantage Difference.

To get your free quote, please call 1-877-232-3915, or visit our decking sale page.

*Lower pricing special INCLUDES pregrooved, tongue & groove, shiplap and rainscreen siding profiles.

USS Constellation in Baltimore Uses Ipe Decking


During our visit to Baltimore for the 2012 DeckExpo, some of our employees visited the historic USS Constellation. While they were learning about the history of this vessel and its role in United States history, they also noticed that the interior walkways of the ship were made of Ipe.

Inside this historic ship which had such a vital military role in the shaping our nation, Ipe decking was chosen to be the material that supports people during their visit. Take a look at the slideshow below to see how pristine the wood looks despite being used in such a high traffic area.

In this same slideshow you’ll also see an example of how Cumaru wood is used for a marine siding application. This beautiful Brazilian hardwood was used to wrap around the Inner Harbor Cruises ticket booth. Take note of how evenly and smoothly the wood is weathering despite the fact that it’s surrounded by salty water and air.

Last but not least, we have another example of how composite decking reacts when used for commercial projects. It you inspect closely, you’ll discover how this plastic decking is failing under the sun and everyday use. Imagine what it will look like in just a few years!

If you’d like to learn more about how Advantage Ipe™ and Advantage Cumaru™ will work for your commercial or marine project, give us a call 1-877-232-3915 and take advantage of our Fall Decking Sale.

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