Hardwood decking is highly sought after due the luxurious beauty and long-lasting toughness of the materials. Composite decking manufacturers have tried to capture the stunning appearance of hardwood but nothing can really compare to the unparalleled beauty of a hardwood deck.
Benefits of Hardwood Decking
In addition to its beautiful appearance hardwood decking is an ideal option for homeowners seeking a tough and reliable decking material. Hardwood is durable enough to withstand hail, foot traffic, and even the constant scurrying of paws and claws!
Hardwood decks are immune to weather rot and insect damage, even in areas where the hardwood comes in contact with the ground.
Homeowners in fire-prone areas will be glad to learn that hardwood decking is fire resistant and in the event that it does catch fire, it will not release toxic fumes the way composite or other decking materials are prone to do.
Ipe decking is by far the most popular and sought after hardwood decking material. Ipe wood is scratch and fire resistant, long lasting and stunning to look at. Colors range anywhere from light to the dark brown “Brazilian walnut.” Eco-conscious homeowners will be glad to know that Ipe is a sustainably harvested wood. Ipe decking is a more expensive option than other hardwoods, but its unbeatable durability makes it a worthwhile investment.
The most beloved and widely used shade of Ipe is a natural orange color that can be treated with oil to maintain the depth and clarity of the wood’s original beauty, or Ipe can be allowed to naturally weather and will turn into a stunning silver over time.
One little known benefit of Ipe is that it does not retain heat the same way other wood decks tend to do. When exposed to direct sunlight Ipe will warm to a certain degree, but it does not hold in heat. Homeowners enjoy the freedom of being able to safely walk on their Ipe deck no matter what the temperature or weather may be.
Brazilian Hardwood Decking
Brazilian hardwood decking is a popular choice for homeowners looking to reap the benefits of a long lasting and beautiful decking material. While Ipe is the most popular exotic hardwood and a type of Brazilian hardwood, there are several species of Brazilian hardwood decking including Tigerwood, Cumaru and Garapa. Brazilian hardwood is prized for its long lifespan (up to 30 years or longer when properly maintained), and its natural mold, insect and rot resistant properties.
With many options to choose from, there’s bound to be a Brazilian hardwood color and grain that will complement the exterior of your home.
FEQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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How Do I Clean Hardwood decking
Try to sweep your deck at least once a week to keep debris or water from resting on the surface for extended periods of time. If small debris such as pine cones, needles or droppings are present, gently scrape them off or out from in between boards.
Next, spray the deck with a garden hose and brush any remaining pollen or particles off the deck. Give the deck another spray with the hose, then let dry before walking on the deck again.
WHAT IS THE BEST HARDWOOD FOR TIMBER DECKING?
Budget and your desired appearance will play a large part in determining which hardwood is best for your deck. Ipe is a premium material with a wide range of color options, whereas Cumaru or Garapa are ideal for homeowners looking for a more affordable hardwood deck.
HOW LONG DOES HARDWOOD DECKING LAST?
A properly maintained hardwood deck can last decades. Ipe decking is one of the most durable materials on the market, and can last 50 years or more. Other hardwoods can last 15, 30 years or more when properly cared for. Hardwood decking is generally low maintenance, and is a great investment for homeowners looking to get the aesthetic benefits of wood without sacrificing longevity.
IS HARDWOOD DECKING BETTER THAN SOFTWOOD?
Hardwood decking is much more durable and longer lasting than softwood, but can be more expensive to install because of the special tools required to penetrate the hard material. Softwood does not stand up to the demands of high traffic areas, and overall a weaker material than hardwood. Softwood requires more maintenance but is a more affordable option in the short term. Hardwood decking pays off over time due to its long lifespan and high durability.
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