Pro Tips for Installing Hardwood Decking: Screw This

Posted by John Parent on Tue, Dec 22, 2020 @ 05:12 AM

In a previous article we discussed some ways to make cutting high-density hardwood decking a bit easier. Well that’s only half the battle.  Fastening the deck boards when installing Ipe hardwood, or any wood decking for that matter, is where most of the labor lies. Learn how to make fastening and installing your hardwood decking easier.

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Topics: Hardwood Decking Installation, Hardwood Decking, deck installation

Tropical Hardwood Is, Well, Hard: Pro Tips for Cutting Ipe Decking

Posted by John Parent on Tue, Jun 9, 2020 @ 05:06 AM

High density hardwoods, such as Ipe , Machiche and Cumaru are the ideal decking material.  They are natural woods that are nearly indestructible, rot resistant, insect resistant, scratch resistant and they last for decades.  The qualities that make these woods so desirable for decking also make them, let’s just say, challenging to work with.  Believe me, I’ve been there.  I’d like to share some lessons I’ve learned the hard way that will save you time and labor.


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Topics: Hardwood Decking Installation, Hardwood Decking, decking

Pro Tips: 7 Wow-Factor Tricks For Installing DIY Hardwood Decking

Posted by John Parent on Tue, Apr 28, 2020 @ 05:04 AM

An old carpenter once told me:

“It doesn’t have to be perfect; it just has to work right and look right.” 

While that’s not always true in life, in the case of decking it is.  If you have minor underlying problems that affect measurements or squaring, a little planning and some “fudgery” (from the Latin: fudgicus maximus) will make them disappear. A beautiful Mataverde hardwood deck can increase both the value and enjoyment of your home. With some preparation and attention to detail, anyone can get the job done with professional looking results.


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Topics: Hardwood Decking Installation, Hardwood Decking, Remodeling tips, decking, DIY Decks

Pro Tips For DIY Homeowners: 10 Deck Framing Issues To Look For

Posted by John Parent on Tue, Apr 14, 2020 @ 05:04 AM

Installing or replacing decking is a relatively simple process that many handy homeowners can do themselves.

Today, we are sharing 10 tips on decking framing for DIY projects. In a future post we will share 10 more tips on decking materials so watch for that blog! Not subscribed to the blog yet? Sign up now so you don’t miss it!

A beautiful hardwood deck is the focal point of any house. It’s a place to relax, entertain, and spend time with friends and family so you want to do it right. Though it’s not complex, there a few tricks that can make the install of a replacement hardwood decking go smoothly, look professional, and cleanly done when completed. So, if you are opting for a DIY decking project you can save time and money by following these tips from our pros at Mataverde Decking. 


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Topics: Hardwood Decking Installation, Hardwood Decking, Remodeling tips, DIY Decks

Anatomy of a Hardwood Deck Project

Posted by Chris Nolan on Thu, Jul 25, 2019 @ 07:07 AM


“Various hardwood decking species can be combined together to create a completely different look for your deck. In this case, Ipe decking and Garapa decking were combined together artfully for a totally unique project. It may sound a little eclectic, but I think you’ll agree that the results are stunning and the clients are thrilled with their new deck.”

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Topics: Ipe Decking, Garapa Decking, Hardwood Decking Installation, Hardwood Decking