Any of you building types know anything about tigerwood (exotic hardwood) as a decking material? Costs substantially more than redwood, but less than composite, less maintenance than redwood is about all I know.
I'm probably helping build a cedar deck for sons condo (this summer) - he will go with cedar, only because I can source cedar boards (5/4×6" solid = 1” thickness x 14 ft. long) at a similar price to pressure treat spruce. a
) many decks & fences are build with pressure treat...which looks like crap, over the years b
) several years ago, I put up a red cedar deck - while it looked stunning the first summer
- after one winter and black mold started, but it is slow to rot...lasting decades, and no chemicals on dogs paws c
) friend of mine put up an expensive composite deck / soon he discovered it absorbs a ton of sunlight and was too hot for his dogs feet - very disappointed, in the money it costs
After a quick research - I really like the Tigerwood, at about 2x the cost of cedar...looks like a winner. Tigerwood
(also known as Goncalo Alves... click here to read more) is one of the finest quality hardwoods available that features a unique light golden-brown to reddish-brown coloring with exotic black and brown streaks.. Tigerwood is an exotic hardwood that is naturally resistant to rot and decay, is the third hardest decking we sell, and offers a 30+ year lifespan without preservatives! https://www.advantagelumber.com/tigerwood_decking.htm
Tigerwood decking has many benefits including:
- Water, snow, and ice won’t degrade your deck
- Compared to composite materials, Tigerwood is eco-friendly
- A stronger alternative to redwood and composite decking
- Easy to finish for an even longer lifespan
- Excellent against mold, fungus and decay
- Naturally resistant to termites and insects
- Tigerwood flooring and lumber is also available
Another good site: http://www.pocobuildingsupplies.com/...d-decking.html PS
- White Oak timber makes for a very durable fence &/or deck post.
- century old farm homes, used while oak on door thresholds...very slow to rot
My brother buys 5x5" x 10 ft. fence posts from a Mennonite saw mill...relatively cheap, and extremely strong.