12 Ways to Save Money on Hardwood Decking

Purchasing exotic hardwood decking such as Ipe Wood, Cumaru, Tigerwood, Massaranduba, Garapa, and other Brazilian hardwoods doesn’t have to break the bank. The market knows that these woods will outlast the majority of buyers out there and the popularity has soared in recent years. As demand for these amazing lumber species have grown, prices have increased as well. Here are some quick and easy ways to save that are often overlooked by buyers trying to educate themselves. Also, call our hardwood decking hotline for free quotes and our latest and greatest deals!!! 1-877-232-3915

  1. Short Length Boards: As long lengths up to 20 foot typically demand a premium, using 3 foot to 6 foot decking not only saves money but can also make the design much more interesting. This balcony deck design was constructed utilizing five foot long Cumaru (Brazilian Teak) decking shorts. Pricing is listed at the bottom of our Cumaru page: Discount Deckingdiscount decking2. NARROWS: Wide boards in any hardwood demand a premium, so using narrow boards such as 1×4 (finished at 3 1/2″ wide), can save money and again give a more interesting look. An added benefit is stability as a wide board will have more tendency to cup than a narrow board. Using narrow boards saves money and yields a more stable deck. These are some Cumaru narrow deck boards coming off the production line at our mill in Brazil. Look through our decking price list to find these sleek and narrow deck boards Narrow Deck Boardsnarrow deck boards3. Non-Standard Widths: Using the size that your carpenter friends all use can cause you to loose out on an overlooked bargain. The US uses some 3.5″ and a lot of 5.5″ wide deck boards, but in Australia, for example, the standard deck board size is often 120 mm wide.That is equal to 4.72″ and also equals a bargain for you. Occasionally we bring in sizes that are standard in other countries but not yet known locally. If the logs we are cutting yield less waste for these foreign standards then we cut to that size and pass the savings to you. Lumber distributors often frown on stocking or promoting these sizes as it messes up their inventory systems and makes more paperwork. Luckily for you we like challenging the status quo, as long as it means saving our customers money. These different sizes can also give your deck a more unique look than standard US sizes. In this case our 120 mm (4.72″) is also more stable than the wider 5.5″ standard US board. This is some 120 mm Massaranduba decking shown in the picture, but we often do other sizes and species in cost savings sizes. Note that this Massaranduba (Brazilian Redwood) wood starts out red but turns a deep chocolate brown like Ipe after being exposed outside for a few weeks. See some pricing here: https://www.advantagelumber.com/odd-sizes.htmleuropean decking sizes4. B-Grade: B grade decking may have small blemishes such as pin knots, some sapwood in small spots, swirly grain, or other similar character marks. Many of our customers say that “B” stands for “Beautiful” as these boards look much more interesting to them. We will also add that it leaves money in your “Bank” as there is a nice discount for purchasing this grade. Stock of these bundles are constantly changing so check out our specials page and call us for your best deal. Specials Pageb grade decking

    5. Secondary Species: All the high end builders know about the amazing Brazilian Ipe wood, but there are other exceptional performers out there that haven’t been widely promoted yet. These other hardwoods have been time tested in extreme climates around the world. We use the word “Secondary” only because we haven’t spent millions of dollars to market these species yet. These woods are currently less expensive, yet still at the top of their class for durability. One specie that looks very similar to Ipe is called Itauba. This wood is several times stronger than oak and is used in several countries as decking, siding, and deck tiles. It has been used in Brazil for centuries for fence post and other projects where good rot resistance is required. The picture below is without any oil, but after a quick oiling it looks very similar to its famous Ipe cousin. Other secondary hardwood options are Tigerwood, Cumaru, Massaranduba, and Garapa decking. Check out some Itauba pricing here: Itauba Decking PricesItauba Decking

    6. Bargain Bundles/Closeouts: Who doesn’t like a bargain? There is a super secret page with hidden deals on our website…..Ok, we didn’t really try to hide it, but our website is thousands of pages long so many customers don’t stumble onto our bargain page. These good deals are there for a variety of reasons including: overstock of a certain length/specie, special buys, over-runs, canceled or delayed orders, returns, freight damage, or sometimes we just plain forgot that we had an extra bundle hidden in the corner. Check out these money saving deals here: Specials Pagecheap decking

    7. Free Shipping: Maybe Amazon was onto something, so lets see if anyone likes free shipping. With our four locations strategically located we are one of the only hardwood decking companies that can offer free shipping on selected items. Even though our normal freight rates are Cheap, Free beats Cheap every time! Check our free shipping page to see what items currently are on Free Shipping Special here: Free Shipping Items

    Free Shipping Decking

    8. Deck Tiles: These little modular deck squares can save a ton of labor as they snap down over a ugly concrete patio or covered porch in minutes. Not only saving you labor money, but also saving you from purchasing and constructing a typical deck frame to support deck boards. The connectors lock them together and they can be uninstalled just as easy if you ever want to move. We manufacture these in a variety of sizes and different exterior grade hardwoods. The applications are near endless as we have supplied these for both commercial and residential projects on Patios, garden areas, rooftops, porches, etc. If you have a medium to large size area you can also save more money buying by the pallet. The pallet bundle pricing is at the bottom of our deck tile page: Deck Tiles Pricinghardwood deck tiles

    9. Volume Purchase/Wholesale quantities: If you have a huge project you can save even more money by calling our wholesale department. Our wholesale department supplies volume shipments to a variety of resorts, municipal jobs, and housing projects worldwide. We ship full truckloads or containers. Wholesale dept 941-388-9299wholesale decking

    10. Metric Sizes: In between the US standards of 3/4″ (19mm) and 1″ (25mm) deck boards is a European standard of 21 mm thickness. We have brought this size into the US for years and our repeat customers love it. It offers nearly the stability of the thicker 1″ board, but closer to the price of the thinner 3/4″ board. Our 21 mm boards measure 0.827″ thick which is too confusing to remember so we brand this as 1×6 Plus®. So save some money over the thicker boards with this Euro bargain. Learn more about this size here: 1×6 Plus Metric size Pricesmetric decking

    11. SMR® Select Mill Run Grade: Our SMR Grade is a proprietary Advantage grading. It is not always available in all items, but when it is grab it up because its always a deal. If it doesn’t quite make our first grade but is better than the B grade it often ends up in these bundles. It even beats many competitors premium grade. Check out an example of Advantage SMR deck tiles here: SMR Deck Tile Pricingselect mill run

    12. Coupons: Sign up to our monthly Newsletter and get exclusive discounts and be the first to know about coupons, flash sales, new product announcements, and design ideas. Signup here: Newsletter Signup Page (We respect your email inbox and only send one or two emails a month)

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

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Brazilian Cherry Deck Tiles

Our Brazil plant started manufacturing Brazilian Cherry deck tiles to add to our existing deck tile line. Brazilian Cherry is an extremely dense and durable wood that will last for many years and offer low maintenance just like all our other exotic hardwood species.

Like many of the Brazilian species Brazilian Cherry will start out lighter in color and after a short amount of time in the sun the wood will darken to a rich red cherry color. Our deck tiles are constructed with solid wood backing which is stronger than most of the plastic backed tiles on the market and we only use stainless steel screws in all of our tiles. Our deck tiles are so durable you can place them directly over an old concrete patio or on a rooftop deck.

These will be shipped from our Brazil manufacturing plant to our four factories located throughout the US for shipment direct to our customers homes and job sites. No job is too big or small. Call us today 1-877-232-3915 or buy deck tiles online

Brazilian Cherry Deck Tiles


Portable Deck Built With Deck Tiles

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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

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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