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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 »

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Tigerwood Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis

Tigerwood Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis – displays floor board pattern

There’s nothing that equals the beauty of wood… wood floors, wood furniture, wood decks and other outdoor living structures built using wood.

Appealing characteristics of wood include aesthetics, durability and the utter uniqueness of each and every board.

In addition to pressure treated lumber and cedar, contractors can use Tigerwood, Ipe and other natural woods for decks, porches, pergolas and gazebos.

Yet with today’s composite and vinyl decking materials, builders can also design a deck, or other outdoor structure, to simulate the look of wood — complete with deck board ‘streaking’ … a ‘look’ that was previously unique only to natural woods.

So let’s take a look at several options that are the ‘real-wood-deal’ as well as decking materials that ‘capture’ the ‘look and feel’ of real wood. 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 »

Tigerwood Hardwood Deck in St. Louis, Chesterfield area by Archadeck

Tigerwood Deck, St. Louis West County, Chesterfield area by Archadeck

Outdoor living structures such as decks, porches and gazebos can be designed and built with a variety of hardwoods including Tigerwood, a handsome hardwood emulating the appearance of a tiger’s coat; thus, the name.

Exquisite in detail, Tigerwood displays vertical striped patterns of brown and red tones mixed with background highlights.

Other ‘exotic’ hardwoods or ‘tropical’ hardwoods (renewable resources imported mostly  from South America) are also popular and have an equally rich appearance bursting with visual impact.

Like Tigerwood, the benefits of these woods include: 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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