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Hardwood Trailer Decking – Brazilian Apitong

This week at our mill in Brazil they are finishing up some ship lap hardwood trailer decking. This hardwood trailer decking is made from Angelim Pedra which is commonly called Brazilian Apitong. Brazilian Apitong is used for most of the high quality flatbed trailers and lowboy trailers in North America. This wood can withstand years and years of excavators, bulldozers and all the harsh muddy and wet elements that heavy equipment trailers see in day to day operation. Brazilian Apitong can far outlast North American hardwood trailer decking which gives trailer owners more time to using their trailers to haul heavy equipment than ripping up old worn down and rotted trailer decking. If you are looking for the best wood for a trailer deck whether you have a small utility trailer or a fleet of flatbeds give us a call for some deals on trailer decking. 1-877-232-3915Brazilian Apitong

Deck Designs That Save You Money

Many homeowners are unaware that some simple changes to your deck design can save you upwards of 30 to 40 percent on your decking materials cost. When building a hardwood deck with Ipe wood or other exotic hardwoods many homeowners want to specify long length decking that will run the full length of their deck. We offer decking in lengths up to 22 feet long and those cost a premium mainly due to supply and demand.

As a sustainable lumber company we utilize every piece of a tree that we can and we can only get so many 22 foot boards out of a tree that are free from defect so when cutting slight defects out of these boards we are often left with shorter length boards that we sell for a discount.

Here is an Ipe wood deck that utilizes a design with shorter deck boards that will save you money. Using shorter length boards will also generally be easier to install since many long length boards have a tendency to bow leaving you or your contractor to try and force them into place using special tools like the Hardwood Wrench which is specifically designed to help straighten long hardwood deck boards that are bowed. Shorter length boards are more stable and less likely to contain any bow to them.

Ipe Wood

Another deck design that can save you money is using narrower deck boards opposed to the most sought after 6 inch wide deck boards. Using 4 inch wide deck boards are generally sold cheaper again mainly due to supply and demand and also yield from milling logs. You can obviously only get so many 6 inch wide deck boards out of a log and since we utilize every part of a log we often have a great amount of 4 inch decking that we sell at a discount. Of course you will need more fasteners with narrower decking however our discounts on narrow deck boards will make up for that added cost.

The other major benefit to using 4 inch deck boards is that narrower boards are more stable and less likely to cup or see movement. We recommend the use of 4 inch deck boards for applications that will see a lot of moisture, decreased air flow underneath the deck and harsh environments. In the project below our customer used our 4 inch Ipe wood decking and we pre-grooved it for them so they could fasten the decking with hidden deck fasteners. If you look closely this deck is close to the ground and does not allow for our minimum air flow recommendation so we advised them they would be better off using the 4 inch decking and their deck has had no movement,

4 inch ipe wood decking

Ipe Wood Shower and Jetted Bathtub

This is an interesting project from another one of our happy customers. They are so thrilled with the way the Ipe wood compliments their bathroom. Take note of the long Ipe wood boards that trim out the tile edges instead of using standard bull nose like most people do. If they had used bull nose tile to finish off their shower it certainly would not have such a beautiful contrast that the Ipe wood gives. Look closely and you’ll see they extended the tile past the glass door which seals off the shower elements from the wood, this should help their finish they applied remain intact for years to come.

The shower floor is simply a standard shower basin to match the jetted tub. They built a custom Ipe wood shower floor platform that sits inside of the shower basin which really gives it a designer look. Ipe is a great choice for this application since the wood has proven to last outside in extremely harsh climates for 75+ years. Ipe wood will not give off any slivers in your feet and is naturally slip resistant as well as rot resistant making this wood shower a project that can last a very long time.

This design also allows for the wood shower floor to be easily removed for cleaning or in case if something is dropped like jewelry or razor heads to love to pop off when you drop them. One other feature that many people like with an Ipe wood shower floor is you can build the wood surface so that its completely flat since the shower basin underneath is slopped for proper water drainage.

Ipe Wood Shower

They also wrapped their jetted bathtub with Ipe wood as well as a few wood accents like the trim around their window and vanity mirror. They have received so many compliments from friends and family and they are very pleased with how the Ipe wood accents their jetted tub. The durability of the wood has exceeded their expectations considering it is such a wet environment.

Ipe Wood Jetted Tub

Urban Indian Rosewood

The world’s most eco-friendly Rosewood. Indian Rosewood was brought to Florida in the mid 1800’s as a decorative flowering tree. Little did they know that it would become an invasive species that crowds out native indigenous trees. The area around our Florida Sawmill is one of the few places in the world where Rosewood has been deemed invasive. Once these slabs are surfaced they sure are one pretty Invader!!!! Our Florida Sawmill houses one of the world’s largest Urban Log Recycling programs. City trees that are either dead, diseased, dying, or invasive get milled into furniture slabs and shipped to woodworkers around the world. These slabs will make for awesome table slabs, desk, bar tops, and other furniture. Stop in, call or stalk us online to see more awesome hardwood! www.WoodSlabs.com

urban indian rosewood

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 made don’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

5 Inch Tigerwood Flooring – Brazil Mill Production

tigerwood flooring

Our Brazil mill just finished milling this beautiful 5 inch Tigerwood flooring. This flooring will be shipped to the US to be finished and ready for distribution to our customers. You will notice plenty of figure in our Tigerwood flooring. Owning a mill in Brazil allows us to control the quality and give our customers a far superior quality finished product. We are the only American company that actually owns mills in Brazil. Prior to owning our own mills we relied on buying materials from various other mills and when the containers arrive to our factories in the US we would open the container and often find mixed grades that we would have to sort and discount the lesser grades.

We sort everything in our Brazil mills to meet the expectations of our American and international buyers. For years our customers have relied on our superior grading and sorting standards. This is extremely important for wholesale flooring customers buying containers of hardwood flooring. Do not roll the dice with drop shippers and brokers who never even see the lumber. We invite any of our customers to visit any of our factories.

We are also one of the few companies who refuses to send flooring to China to have it prefinished, yes its cheaper but you get what you pay for and other flooring companies have had many issues with doing this and these problems unfortunately get passed onto the customer. This is why we finish all of our flooring in the US so we can control the quality and assure our customers they are getting something we would gladly put in our homes with our own families. Did I mention our prices on 3/4″ solid Tigerwood flooring is cheaper than those box stores? Yes we can have it finished in the US and still sell cheaper. Give us a call today for a quote 1-877-232-3915 or buy tigerwood flooring online