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If you’re in a rainy or humid area like I am, you’ll also be happy to know that Ipe Decking is resistant to fungal decay and termites, and it has become the benchmark for all exterior hardwoods; all other decking wood species are compared to it. Ipe Decking also lasts much longer than any other decking material, giving you many years of comfort, beauty, relaxation and peace of mind.
Mataverde® 100% Pure FSC Machiche Decking is all heart – and heartwood – with colors ranging from light to reddish brown to medium chocolate brown; it is among the most popular and beautiful styles of premium hardwood decking. Sustainably harvested and affordably priced, this beautiful and durable hardwood decking will age gracefully to a mellow silvery patina if left to weather naturally. In fact, one of the things that draws me to this decking is the variety of weathering colors it can produce. I love playing around with color and design – and I’m also easily bored – so it’s fun for me to envision one season having quite a different look than the next with just one wood providing numerous color options! Take a look at how this wood weathered over three years time on this California deck:
If, for you, relaxing means family and there’s always a lot of activity on your deck – a summer full of cookouts, daily trips to the pool or hot tub, or a constant round of entertaining – then Mataverde® Premium Cumaru Hardwood Decking may be the best fit. Cumaru offers long-lasting strength, durability and beauty at an affordable price point. How durable is it? (I thought you’d never ask!) Mataverde® Cumaru is so tough it was the decking material chosen for the Coney Island Boardwalk reconstruction! I challenge you to attract more visitors than that!
Mataverde® Cumaru Decking can range in color from yellowy brown to reddish brown to a nearly purplish cordovan color. Although its coarser graining can appear similar to red oak, the exotic color range of Cumaru is spectacularly different. And the grain variation is both dramatic and beautiful. Like a hardwood floor inside your home, no two pieces of Cumaru decking will have exactly the same appearance. These rich variations reflect the untamed beauty of this spectacular, all-natural exotic hardwood species.
Cumaru exhibits lots of tropical character, striping and color variation, and will develop a silvery gray patina over time if you choose to let your decking weather naturally. If you want to re-create the tropical ambiance of your last island vacation, this is the backyard decking material for you! Just add a little Jimmy Buffett and a few umbrella drinks, and you’re all set!
Mataverde® Garapa Decking is made from one of the most popular high-density hardwood species. Gorgeous, durable and lighter colored, it features character striping and color variation that will turn a gentle silver shade if left natural. And while it looks soft and satiny, it’s still considerably stronger, harder and heavier than oak and extremely resistant to shrinking, splintering, cupping, twisting, checking and warping. Its low cost also makes it a very affordable choice as a decking material.
Garapa's beautiful golden tones will enhance your deck and add a touch of serenity with a warm natural look. It ranges in color from a sun-kissed honey blonde to a rich golden brown, which will darken slightly with age. While its soft ribbon-like graining is similar to maple or mahogany, Garapa decking has a beauty all its own. I’ve spied this outdoor deck material in a variety of environments – from a lakefront deck in Maine, to a rooftop garden in NYC, to a boardwalk in coastal New Jersey. Its versatility is matched only by its beauty!
There's no doubt that a serene backyard environment is a place we could all benefit from. What will your oasis look like?
An Ipe pergola and planter box in an urban backyard.
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