Hardwood species used for decking are imported primarily from Central and South America. Adapted to their native extreme natural environments, these species have acquired superior durability. Individual species have varying properties, but all offer beautiful tight grain with exceptional hardness and decay resistance. Some species have proven lifespans of over 75 years.
Hardwood decking can be classified as low maintenance if left to weather to a silvery gray color. However, maintaining the striking appearance of stained hardwood decking will require regular re-staining following several initial penetrating stain coats applied over a 1 to 1 1/2 year period.
Expect the longest lifespan of any hardwood with Ipe, the most popular hardwood decking. Besides its popularity with residential decks, Ipe is often used for municipal projects like coastal boardwalks. Regular staining will preserve the red and amber highlights in this primarily deep brown hardwood.
This hardwood's outstanding features are its stunning colors and grain patterns. Varying shades of red-hued brown grain are washed over with dark streaks.
Cumaru has a hardness and decay resistance similar to Ipe, but offers warmer red and amber hues.
This tight-grained wood with a deep brown-red hue is often described as velvety red or plum red in color. Beyond luxury decking, Massaranduba is a used to craft quality billiard cues and violin bows.
Garapa, a blonde-colored hardwood, has a closer resemblance to domestic softwood decking, but offers the durability of a tropical hardwood.
Colors range from pale pinkish brown to reddish brown. With a look similar to cherry wood, Mahogany is an excellent choice for a furniture-grade deck.
*Responsible Harvesting: Michiana Deck Builders audits any supplier providing exotic woods to ensure that the lumber is sustainably harvested from managed forests.