Exotic Hardwoods

Which decking material is the best for me?

We expect that you’ll most likely have a list of other key decking material selection questions of your own. We understand that you’re making an investment in your peace of mind and satisfaction for years to come, and so we encourage you to take your time and choose your decking material wisely. That’s why we offer free estimates. We can help answer all your decking questions. So start your list now…

Tropical Hardwoods

Which material is best for your new deck or deck-remodeling project will depend on factors including decking color, available board sizes, maintenance requirements, and, of course, price.

The best options in the real-wood decking market are now sustainably-grown and some can be had a prices even better than Redwood!

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) www.fsc.org is an international non-profit organization that’s mission is to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. Deckmaster Fine Decks buys certified FSC Sustainably-grown wood.


The most common of all tropicals is ipe (EE-pay), which is also known as Ironwood or Pau Lope. It’s a beautiful hardwood that’s similar in appearance to mahogany, but a darker, richer crimson.

Benefits of Ipe Decking

Ipe (Ironwood)

Natural Color
Janka Hardness
(lbs force)
Red Brown with Variegated Olive Tones
Very Low
Low to None

Benefits of Ipe Decking

Ipe wood is triple the strength of a typical plastic-composite decking, while providing all of the aesthetic benefits of a natural, beautiful wood deck.

That strength comes in part through its density. Ipe decking is heavy enough to sink in water, but most importantly, it has a class A fire rating, which is amazingly the same rating as concrete, providing a safe and long-lasting choice.

An Ipe deck does not require the usage of preservatives or treatments, and is naturally resistant to a variety of common decking issues, such as decay and rot, insect infestation, and more. It is naturally durable even in harsh weather conditions with a lifespan of 25-40 years.

It’s very insect and decay resistant because of its hardness but also the chemicals in the wood are not attractive to bugs and bacteria.

Ipe wood decking is also exceedingly versatile. Its durability makes it a natural choice for commercial projects, such as high-traffic, large-scale beach piers or boardwalks, or even public benches. However, its beauty, strength and low needs for maintenance also make it an advantageous choice for a home deck.

Ipe decking is also well known for its natural beauty. It features a tight grain with pronounced patterns, and few to zero visible knots. Ipe wood decking boards come in numerous colors. This offers a natural and varied look which ranges from a light or tan brown, to dark olive or even a rich, nearly black, brown.

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