Decking

decking-04There are three main types of decking material available to consumers today: wood, composite, and plastic/man-made materials. When choosing your decking material, consider over-all price, as well as time and money that will be spent in upkeep and maintenance. We stock decking wood that is strong, beautiful, resistant to the elements and fairly priced.

Caribbean Ipe Decking (FSC Available upon request) (Bucida Buceras)

Hardwood decking gives the most natural look and feel to a deck. We’re not talking about cedar, or pine. Those softer woods are vulnerable to warping, cracking or splitting and often require yearly cleaning and staining to prevent this. However, when it comes to beautiful exotic woods from South America – ipe wood, for example – they are hard, strong, and naturally resistant to rot, abrasion, and domestic pests. Ipe itself is twice as dense as most woods and up to 5 times harder. It has a Class A fire rating (the same rating given to concrete and steel) and has a gorgeous brown coloring. Ipe decking material has given many homeowners a beautiful outdoor retreat that is also safe and reliable.

  • Source: Guatemala, Mexico, Venezuela
  • Density: 0.85
  • Janka Hardness Rating: 2940 lbs (very hard)
  • Fire Rating: Class 3
  • Cut: Quaretrsawn
  • General Characteristics: Its tree produces straight lumber of excellent quality. These quartersawn logs exhibit a very attractive ribbon-striped figure. The high sheen of the surface enhances appearance with light.
  • Color Characteristics: Mostly brown and red heartwood and sapwood color.
  • Installation Tips: Easy to work with hand tools: saw, carve, mortise, and plane. Pre-boring is recommended.
  • Durability: Resistant to attacks from termites, wood staining fungi, pinworms, and weathering. Susceptible to attack by marine borers.

Machiche Decking (FSC) (Lonchocarpus Castilloi)

Machiche is a tropical hardwood harvested in Central America.  It is a dense hardwood that displays a range of color from crimson red to brown.  The grain can be interlocked and displaying an iridescent shimmer in the sun light.  Known for stability, machiche is the preferred local specie for decking in resorts throughout Central America.  When untreated, Machiche will fade to a shiny silvery color.  To maintain the natural beauty of Machiche, a penetrating wood sealer is recommended.

At twice the density of oak, manchiche is an incredibly stable decking option.  It will resist common decking problems such as shrinking, twisting, cupping, checking, and splintering.

While the combination of beauty, durability, and affordability make it a winning decking option, the best part of machiche is the fact that it is sustainably harvested according to the strict guidelines of the Forest Stewardship Council.

  • Source: Belize, Guatemala, Mexico
  • Density: 0.76
  • Janka Hardness Rating: 2805 lbs (very hard)
  • Fire Rating: Class 3
  • Cut: Plainsawn
  • General Characteristics: Grain straight to varied or interlocked; texture is moderately coarse; and luster low to medium. The wood is without odor or taste
  • Color Characteristics: Open pored, dense, yellowish brown to dark reddish brown hardwood. The lumber undergoes a medium degree of color change, with the darkening of the lighter pieces to a more uniform reddish brown color.
  • Installation Tips: Easy to saw, but cutting resistance with dry wood is difficult. Pre-boring is recommended when nailing; boring is moderately easy.
  • Durability: Resistant to marine borer attack and termites. Takes finish well, except polyurethane.

Santa Maria (Calophyllum Brasilenese)

  • Source: Brazil, Guatemala
  • Density: 0.52
  • Janka Hardness Rating: 1150 lbs (medium)
  • Fire Rating: Class 3
  • Cut: Quartersawn
  • General Characteristics: This lumber is relative;y straight; medium to coarse texture; and lustrous.
  • Color Characteristics: Reddish brown heartwood color. Generally difficult to differentiate hardwood and sapwood.
  • Installation Tips: Easy to work by hand or machine. Care required during nailing and screwing, but holds very effectively. Pre-boring recommended. Easy to saw, glue, mortise, and sand.
  • Durability: Good resistance to decay from fungi and dry-wood borers; moderately resistant to termite attack. Finishing suggested.