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Spring is sweeping across the country, and before long you’ll be enjoying balmy summer evenings in your backyard. Now’s the time to upgrade your outdoor living space.

Home improvement spending across the U.S. has risen dramatically. Since the 2008 financial collapse, the industry has been on a steady recovery, and Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies predicts this growth will continue through 2014. Already, home improvement spending is estimated at $144.7 billion, up from $127 billion this time last year. That kind of cash brings outdoor renovations in line with bathroom and kitchen remodeling. It seems everyone agrees: the time to build the deck of your dreams is now, and is ready to help.

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Wood Decking Options

Cumaru wood deckingThere are a ton of decking materials in the market today. At Advantage we specialize in hardwood decking only because our customers demand the best. This is why, of the many wood decking options out there, Advantage has thoroughly tested and selected four of the finest, most reliable options that work well in any climate.

Tigerwood, Cumaru, Ipe, and Garapa are the Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, and Audi of the decking world. Each has their own distinct look at set of qualities, but one thing binds them together. The combination of reliable durability and resilience that serves to give you an outdoor retreat with  high performance.

For instance, check out this wood deck pictured above.

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What Makes our Hardwood Eco-Friendly?

It’s not enough to say that you’re product is eco-friendly. People want, and deserve, proof. However, it is getting harder for all of us to cut through the marketing hype to see products for what they really are, not what you are told they are. So….with that said, what does that have to do with decking?

We received a phone call the other day from someone who was fed lies. They were told by someone trying to sell them thousands of dollars in composite decking that “anyone who buys hardwood decking from countries like Brazil are helping kill off the rain forest. ” This person was shopping around and asked us point blank, “How can I be sure that the hardwood you sell is really eco-friendly?”

At Advantage, we LOVE getting questions like this. Here’s our response:

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Brazilian Cumaru – Comparable to Teak, with Better Qualities

Brazilian Cumaru Hardwood Decking
Cumaru provides the perfect foundation to your outdoor deck.

Cumaru is a Brazilian hardwood with more benefits than Teak.


  • Is more affordable than teak, ipe, and synthetic plastic decking
  • Gives you more color variety than teak and ipe with a mix of reddish brown and golden hues
  • Is an excellent all-weather hardwood that can last well over 50 years
  • Does not need constant, if any, maintenance at all
  • Offers great slip resistance and won’t heat up like plastic composite decking
  • Is as durable as it is beautiful

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Brazilian Teak aka Cumaru – Ipe’s Little Brother Grows Up!

Brazilian Teak
Brazilian Teak aka Cumaru is one of nature's most durable and beautiful decking materials.

Not many people know this, but Brazilian Teak aka Cumaru has very similar properties to ipe. With a Janka hardness rating of 3540, Brazilian Teak is almost as strong as ipe and is a lot more affordable, too!

By far, the biggest reason why Cumaru is gaining in popularity is the cost.

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Wood of the Week – Cumaru

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 …

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