Hardwood Decking

Gtown Lumber Tropical Hardwoods

IPE Decking

GTown Lumber Tropical Hardwoods

When someone asks us for the very best real wood decking, the answer is IPE. It is also referred to as Ironwood. IPE’S strong, tough resilient properties make it an excellent material and increasingly popular choice for commercial/residential decking and outdoor furniture. It is prized for its stability, durability, strength and natural resistance to decay, wet conditions, and infestation by termites and borers. It is available in long lengths and relatively easy to season. IPE has a Class A fire rating, the same rating given to concrete and steel.

IPE’s heartwood is olive brown to black and usually features striping. The sapwood is much lighter, usually white or yellow. It’s extreme density makes it difficult to cut and plane. High quality Carbide tipped blades are recommended when cutting. Pre-drilling is highly recommended when surface fastening to minimize checking.

IPE trees generally grow from 140 to 150 feet, but some can reach heights of 200 feet. Some other common names for the trees from this group include Bethbara and Lapacho, and a host of names used in the countries where the trees grow. The trees are mostly found in Brazil as well as throughout Central and South America and some of the Lesser Antilles.

The two most common sizes for decking are 1×6 and 5/4×6. GTown Lumber also stocks the stainless steel screws, hidden fasteners and oil based sealant to ensure you have the best looking IPE deck in town.

Tigerwood Decking

Tigerwood Decking is also known as Goncalo Alves, is one of the most distinctive natural decking materials in the world.  It has a striking resemblance to its namesake. Tigerwood decks feature great resistance to rot and decay, with particular resistances to insects and fungus. Additionally, Tigerwood decks do not require unsafe chemicals in order to protect the wood from wear and tear. A Tigerwood Deck Janka hardness rating comes in at 1,850 pounds. Compared to many softwood decking products, Tigerwood hardness is vastly superior. A Western Red Cedar Deck Janka hardness rating is 340 pounds, with Tigerwood being over 5 times as hard.

Tigerwood hardwood decking is a light yellow-orange to more distinct orange with a fine texture and a medium luster. Set over this is the distinctive bold black striping that completes the gorgeously exotic tiger-look of Tigerwood decking. A Tigerwood deck will age well. In a similar fashion to IPE decking, it will slowly undergo a color shift if left untreated and attain a distinguished silvery-gray patina over time.

Tigerwood decking is available from GTown Lumber in 1×6 and 5/4×6 sizes.

Other tropical hardwoods supplied by Gtown lumber include:  Cumaru decking, Massaranduba decking (Brazilian Redwood decking) and Garapa decking (Brazilian Oak).
As one of Austin’s largest suppliers of tropical hardwood, Gtown Lumber will be glad to assist you with your next project.


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