Western Red Cedar is one of the most beautiful, natural deck materials you can use. It is largely straight grained, reddish in color, and has a soft burnished look. Cedar has natural insect resistance, and decay properties. Cedar is quite dimensionally stable and lies flat and stays straight.
Your cedar deck will also have sound suppression and absorption qualities. It does require some additional TLC to remain beautiful. This is a choice for those who are willing to go the extra step in maintenance to retain the beauty of a soft looking, wood deck.
More Information: Western Red Cedar Lumber Association
Iron Woods Decking
Iron Woods, also called IPE, is the leading brand of an incredibly durable hardwood. It is highly rated for strength, hardness and durability. These qualities have been proven in demanding commercial applications, including a 25+ year life on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. It is strong, dense, and hard. It was tested by the US Navy in a Panama Canal study and was shown to be the top performer available commercially.
Iron Woods decking remains smooth and virtually splinter free for many years. Iron Woods naturally resists the most common problems to deck surfaces such as insect resistance, fire resistant, wear and chemical resistant. It has the unique properties that make Iron Woods one of the choices for your decking project.
During construction, we build the deck with hidden screws or hidden fasteners, and although it may cost more because of its labor intensity, it has furniture like grade and a 25 year warranty.
More Information: Cecco Trading Inc.
- Unique, long lasting beauty and value
- Easier to maintain
- Excellent acceptance of stain or paint
- Naturally resistant to decay and insects
- No uneven wear
Mahogany is a lumber of extreme density. It has interlocking grains which prevent separation between annual growth rings. It is very stable.
It comes in clear grades only. The color range goes from a light tan to a deep auburn brown. It does not contain tannins as some other woods do.
Mahogany is a hardwood and naturally resists splintering, rot and especially wear. It is ideal for outdoor use. Mahogany also has a tendency not to split, twist, or check and is naturally resistant to insects.
There are several species of mahogany imported from a variety of countries. They are not all the same. It is the American Mahogany that has the rich red color that most of us are familiar with. American Mahogany comes from Central and South America, the West Indies, and Mexico. This lumber is now farmed and harvested so as to insure its ecological sustainability.
Since mahogany is so dense and hard, we take great care during installation.
Air guns have the power to penetrate mahogany’s dense grain. We use stainless steel nails/screws as fasteners. We also provide the option of hidden fasteners with this premium wood at a slight increase in cost.
Mahogany will weather to a beautiful silver gray if left untreated. If the rich red russet color is desired, some clear coat preservatives can be used to keep the color intact. This is about the only maintenance required other than an occasional cleaning.