SELECTING THE RIGHT SPECIES FOR HARDWOOD DECKING AND LUMBER
The Mataverde Premium Hardwood Difference starts with selecting the right wood decking species. The highest rated species of premium Brazilian hardwood decking available include Ipe decking, Cumaru decking and Garapa decking. The beauty, hardness, durability, decay resistance, insect resistance and stability of these high density hardwood decking species are no less than remarkable. No North American wood species even come close to matching the unique characteristics of Ipe, Cumaru and Garapa high density hardwood decking materials. The US Forest Products Laboratory has been performing extensive testing of many South American hardwoods since the early 1900’s. These high density hardwood lumber species are all “tried and true” performers with a solid track record. The Mataverde Quality Difference starts with selecting the right wood decking species.
SELECTING THE RIGHT SUBSPECIES FOR HARDWOOD DECKING AND HARDWOOD LUMBER
The Mataverde Premium Hardwood Difference selects the best subspecies of decking wood. There are many subspecies of Ipe, Cumaru and Garapa that are used for decking materials. There are over forty different identified subspecies of Ipe alone. Even though many of the subspecies are fairly close in characteristics, some subspecies are clearly better than others. While the characteristics of each board will show some variation within logs even from the same tree, the difference between decking boards from various subspecies is far greater. The Mataverde® Quality Difference continues by selecting only the best subspecies available.
WHERE HARDWOOD DECKING AND LUMBER ARE GROWN MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE
The Mataverde Brazilian Hardwood decking species are harvested from the best growing regions found on earth. There are a multitude of factors that affect plant growth and quality including; sunlight, soil, nutrients, temperature, humidity, rainfall and many other variables. Each growing region has its own unique micro-climate and conditions. Equatorial Northern Brazil is the best growing climate for these high density hardwood decking species worldwide. This nearly perfect environment allows Ipe, Cumaru and other high density tropical hardwood trees to grow to maturity in approximately 30 to 35 years.
MATAVERDE HIGH DENSITY HARDWOOD DECKING AND LUMBER SPECIES ARE ECO-FRIENDLY
All Mataverde high density hardwood species are harvested using sustainable yield forestry best practices. Mataverde hardwood decking is available with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Chain of Custody Certification or IBAMA/SEMA certification. Many sizes and species of Mataverde decking and high density lumber are available in both certifications. All Mataverde species are imported through sustainable methods using legally harvested high quality materials.
SELECTING THE BEST LOGS FOR HARDWOOD DECKING AND HARDWOOD LUMBER
Mataverde decking logs are hand selected for quality. Picking the right logs to be milled into decking boards and hardwood lumber is the next step in the Mataverde® quality control process. The highest quality logs produce the highest quality deck boards and lumber.
SELECTING THE BEST HARDWOOD DECKING BOARDS AND HARDWOOD LUMBER
After the logs are sawn, individual graining and unique characteristics can be observed on the sawn lumber. This is where the Mataverde® First Export Quality grading standards come into play. Each deck board is inspected for any defects including; end splits, knots, insect holes, grain tear-out, width and thickness tolerances, planing, twisting and more. Only the high quality boards that meet the rigorous grading criteria are selected to bear the Mataverde® Premium Hardwood Decking brand name.
MATAVERDE QUALITY INSPECTIONS CONTINUE AT HOME
Mataverde decking gets another series of Quality Control inspections upon arrival in the US. Immediately upon arrival to the Mataverde® Distribution Center, the high density hardwood decking boards and hardwood lumber are spot inspected again for milling tolerances and material quality. Any discrepancies or concerns are addressed immediately.
MATAVERDE DECKING FINAL INSPECTION
Mataverde high density hardwood decking and lumber get an additional inspection before they leave the Mataverde Distribution Center. Each time an individual hardwood decking order is prepared for our clients, a visual inspection of the hardwood decking material continues to further ensure delivery of decking material that meets all grading criteria. Any hardwood deck boards with visible imperfections are sorted out and set aside.