The research this homeowner did prior to buying Ipe has paid off.
It’s almost Summer and thousands of homeowners across the country are getting ready to start working on their deck. Some will be remodeling and many will be building a deck for the first time. But, before hammer goes to nail, the question you must answer is, “What kind of material is best for decking?”
Should you go with real wood decking, or composite “wood” decking? Regular readers of this blog already know the limitations and problems that plague composite deck materials. Let’s face it; if plastic decking were so good, wood decking would be obsolete. But, because of the documented issues that both composite and PVC decking face, many people are opting for real wood deck materials.
So, let’s say that you chose to buy wood decking. What material should you choose, and what pitfalls are to be avoided when buying decking?
Known as Brazilian Teak, Cumaru is one of the world’s finest hardwoods. Flooring experts, designers, and contractors tend to rave about the inherent qualities found in this exceptional exotic hardwood.
Here’s the most important facts about Cumaru:
Color can vary from a golden tan to reddish brown
Some dark grain accents may be present throughout the wood
With a 3540 Janka rating Cumaru is very durable
Resistant to both rot and fungi
Excellent weathering characteristics
When it comes to Cumaru decking or flooring, Advantage is your best source for hardwood flooring. With access to a convenient and easy to navigate online hardwood store, you can buy Cumaru at any time of the day, 24/7/365.
Or, if you prefer to speak to us directly, call us to order Cumaru via our:
There’s a ton of misleading information out there about the best decking on the market. It’s getting harder and harder to decipher the truth from mere marketing and fancy packaging.
Hardwoods like Ipe are grabbing the attention of homeowners and designers throughout the world.
It’s because of this confusion that people are turning back to materials that are proven to stand the test of time. Hardwood decking is, once again, rising in overall popularity and can be seen in many of today’s finest green building projects.
“But, wait just one second! You’re a hardwood decking company! Why should I believe you, over the composite decking that is made of recycled materials? Isn’t that more eco-friendly?”
I hear what you’re saying. However, if you read through this blog, you’ll discover that there are some pretty practical reasons why we sell both domestic and exotic deck materials and stray from composites, PVC and other chemically altered wood materials.
If you do research into “composite decking recalls” you’ll see that there have been a ton of problems related to this relatively new product. The main problem stems from these companies over promising and under delivering.
Hardwood decking on the other hand? It’s been thoroughly tested and scientifically proven to last. There’s a reason why many of the world’s finest resorts, hotels, and boardwalks feature hardwoods like ipe, cumaru, tigerwood, and garapa. They last, look good, and can take a pounding if necessary.
Look, no one expects you to call us right now to order a pallet of ipe decking. But if you’re someone who appreciates the finer things in life, it simply makes no sense to settle for what is on the label instead of taking a good hard look at what’s in the box.
When you’re ready to buy exotic hardwood that is proven to meet your expectations, check out Advantage Trim & Lumber and buy wood decking online. You can shop for hardwood at your convenice, or you can call us directly and order over the phone. Either way, you’ll be working with hardwood decking that will add value to your home and your quality of life.
Learn from Deck Builder, Aaron Roberts, why Tigerwood decking is a great decking material to work with.
Building a Tigerwood deck is a rewarding experience. Many deck builders and homeowners choose this exotic hardwood because of its gorgeous golden brown colors and dark streaks. The fact that it is also more affordable and just as durable as the most expensive composite decking also adds to the luster of using Tigerwood decking. As you can see from the pictures, this Tigerwood deck design is truly unique. The hot tub area is spectacular at night and really shows how Tigerwood decking shines.
We’ve recently spoken with an expert deck builder in the Rochester, NY area, Aaron Roberts. We asked him what he thought of working with Tigerwood for this Rochester, NY home.
ATL: How long have you been a deck builder?
AR: We have been specializing in high end custom decks since the summer of 07, this will be our fourth full season.
ATL: What led you to choose Tigerwood for this deck project?
AR: The homeowner actually did the research and chose the product. He was looking for a natural product that would be unique in his neighborhood, but more economic than Ipe. I believe he was also attracted to the hidden fastener system.
ATL: Was this the first time you worked with Tigerwood?
ATL: Was it easy to work with?
AR: Yes, about the same as any decking that uses a hidden clip fastening system.
ATL: What tools did you use to cut and install the wood?
Our standard woodworking tools, I think we installed fresh saw blades.
ATL: How did the owners feel about the finished product?
AR: The homeowner’s love the deck, and so do their neighbors. We were hired again about a year later to build the hot tub deck addition.
ATL: Would you work with Tigerwood again?
ATL: How was it to work with and order from Advantage Trim & Lumber?
AR: They made it very easy. I filled out the quote form with the exact pieces I needed, they were purchased and on a truck in a couple of days, and arrived right at my job site. Not a whole lot different than if I had just called up my local lumber supplier and ordered it.
Thank you, Aaron for your business, for taking the time to answer our questions, and especially for the wonderful pictures!