Choosing the right deck flooring can be overwhelming, but in our decades of experience we have narrowed it down to 4 materials across different price points to suit our customers.
Ipe is Brazilian Walnut -an exotic hardwood that is naturally resistant to rot, decay and insect attack. Dock and deck builders have been using Ipe boards for decades because of its beauty, strength, and durability. You may have heard of it by its nickname "Ironwood." It earned this nickname because it weathers to a dark gray color if not treated and because it is the hardest wood known to man. By applying a clear oil treatment though, you can keep it's natural brown color for years.
"By going with Ipe, the price of the deck will go up with any builder- because the raw material is harder and requires more labor on the job site, which means that the total cost of an Ipe deck is more expensive, ” says crew leader Joe. "Ipe decking will typically cost about 5% more than Cumaru and around 20% more than Azek. We do a lot of Ipe decks when a customer decides to go with wood, because it's so dense, it is very strong and has a great classic look."
Cumaru is Brazilian Teak decking, another exotic hardwood that is naturally resistant to rot, decay, and insect attack. It offers a 25+ year lifespan without preservatives! Cumaru decking is comparable to Ipe, but not as expensive. It is the second hardest decking we sell. Many of the mansions and hotels in Brazil are made from this beautiful wood.
“Think of it as Ipe’s little brother,” says Ray of Decks R Us. “Everything you can say about Ipe you can say about Cumaru. It’s a little cheaper and a little less dense, more soft.”
Azek Decking is a type of PVC decking that is stain and scratch resistant. It comes with a limited lifetime warranty, as well as a 25-year fade and stain warranty.
“Azek Decking is a reliable choice,” says Daniel from Decks R Us. “It’s a popular choice for our customers because it requires less maintenance than composite decking.”
You may have heard of Azek under its old name, ProCell, which became popular in the market around 2004. It was the first cellular PVC decking to become popular. In fact, it was so popular that it was only available in the eastern half of the U.S. until Azek Building Products bought them out in 2007 and increased production so they could offer it all across the country.
Azek runs about 20% less than Ipe, and about 15% less than Cumaru.
Remember, with any material, lighter colors hide the dirt and stay cooler, while darker colors show the dirt and retain heat. Azek decking is manufactured by Azek Building Products at several locations around the country.
If you would like Azek to mail some sample pieces to you, you can request up to 5 free on their Catalog page.
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