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Deck Flooring

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.

Wood Decks

Ipe Decking

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."

Ipe Decking Maintenance

Ipe decking will last for many years without being treated, however, we recommend you treat it every year for the first 5 years and then about every 2-4 years after that. This will keep your deck looking great, and maximize the lifespan of the decking. For treating the deck we recommend Cabot Australian Timber Oil. Cabot is available in several colors as well as a clear finish.

Once an Ipe deck is treated the maintenance is very similar to the PVC decking, the oil finish will repel all liquids and keep spills from absorbing into the wood, and make it easy to clean as well.

Prior to treatment or if you decided not to treat your Ipe deck, it will need to be power washed occasionally and may require some sanding to keep it clean and smooth.

Cumaru Decking

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.”

The color is a little lighter when compared to Ipe.

Cumaru Decking Maintenance

Cumaru decking will last for many years without being treated, however we recommend you treat it every year for the first 5 years and then about every 2-4 years after that. This will keep your deck looking great, and maximize the life span of the decking. For treating the deck we recommend Cabot Australian Timber Oil. Cabot is available in several colors as well as a clear finish.

Once a Cumaru deck is treated the maintenance is very similar to the PVC decking, the oil finish will repel all liquids and keep spills from absorbing into the wood, and make it easy to clean as well.

Prior to treatment or if you decided not to treat your Cumaru deck, it will need to be power washed occasionally and may require some sanding to keep it clean and smooth.

Vinyl Decking (Cellular PVC)

Azek Decking

Azek Decking is a cellular 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, about 15% less than Cumaru.

Remember with any material, the lighter colors hide the dirt and stay cooler. The darker colors show the dirt and retain heat so they get hotter. Azek decking is manufactured by Azek Building Products at several locations around the country.

Azek Decking Maintenance

Can be cleaned routinely with just a garden hose. Dried on spills and bird dung can be cleaned with dish soap and a stiff brush or you can use a mild cleaner such as 409 or Fantastik. This decking material will require occasional pressure washing. If there are a lot of trees around your deck and leaves lie on your deck for a while, you may need to scrub the deck with cleaner and a brush as well as pressure washing it. Remember, no deck is completely maintenance free.

Azek Decking Comes in These Colors

Harvest Collection

Landmark Collection

Vintage Collection

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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