Hardwood decking products manufactured in top-end, high-specification woods include boards made from oak, balau, massaranduba and the especially tough ipe.
Ipe is native to South America, where it is known as ironwood because of its durability, density and natural resistance to insect and fungal attacks. It offers a century of service, even without treatment. Ipe features rich, dark grains, which offer a luxurious finish, and displays eye-catching colour variations, with sparks of red, green and brown.
Balau is a lower cost option, but is also both tough and attractive. Its colour varies from mid to light browns, giving it a contemporary appearance, particularly when wet.
Oak is popular with those looking to blend a deck with more traditional surroundings, whilst massaranduba has deep red colouration.
The only softwood supplied is cut from cedar, as its high level of natural oils gives it a degree of resistance to insect and fungal attack similar to that found in denser woods.
Associated products include oils and finishes, matching balustrades, and the ArchiDeck hidden fastening system.