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Here at Archadeck we design and build decks, porches and other outdoor structures using every imaginable type of building material including wood and hardwood as well as recycled and synthetic products such as composite, capstock and vinyl.

Front Porch with Brazilian Hardwood Floor by Archadeck

Porch with Brazilian Hardwood Floor by Archadeck

In today’s blog post however, let’s focus on hardwood decking and specifically three little-known Brazilian hardwoods: Cumaru, Garapa, and Massaranduba.

In this neck of the woods (pun intended!)  Tigerwood and Ipe are, by far, the two most frequently requested hardwoods by St. Louis homeowners.

Nevertheless, it’s worth giving a mention to Cumaru, Garapa and Massaranduba. Read the rest of this entry »

St. Louis Ipe Hardwood Decks by Archadeck

St. Louis Ipe Hardwood Decks by Archadeck

The sky’s the limit for custom deck designs due to the number of outstanding building materials available in today’s market including Ipe (pronounced eepay).

Ipe falls under the category of wood decking, as opposed to composite, vinyl, or capstock decking materials; however, Ipe is in a ‘class all-its-own’.

Ipe decking, sometimes referred to as Ironwood or Brazilian Walnut, is grouped with exotic hardwoods.

It’s known for a long lifespan, durability, density and texture as well as certain natural properties that make Ipe perfect for outdoor structures. Read the rest of this entry »

Wood deck designs are affordable, attractive, durable, and versatile; thus, wood decks remain a popular choice in the St. Louis region.

Along with newer generation composite and vinyl decking materials, beautiful solid wood is a great product for outdoor living spaces.

See a few examples of handsome wood decks by Archadeck in the slideshow below… Read the rest of this entry »

Ipe Hardwood Deck with Benches by Archadeck

Ipe Hardwood Deck with Benches by Archadeck

The world of outdoor living includes not only a wide variety of structures and accessory options, but includes a wide variety of building material options as well.

Archadeck has long been recognized as America’s #1 deck builder with unparalleled expertise in the design and construction of porches, pergolas, gazebos and more.  Add in our network of preferred vendors, industry knowledge and powerful resources, your world of outdoor living has endless possibilities.  From composite to vinyl and lumber, to exotic hardwood, including Ipe, Archadeck can help.

So today, let’s look at Ipe (pronounced eepay). Read the rest of this entry »


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