How could you pick the right type of wood decking for you, if there are countless types available? Here's your guide to the major hardwood decking types to help you choose.

Ipé Hardwood Decking

Ipé hardwood is also referred to as the Brazilian hardwood. This variety of hardwood decking has a lot of strings to its bow. Nature has done Ipé hard wood a lot of favours. It is naturally invulnerable to rot, insect and fire. The wood comes from South America and it presents a rich dark, olive tone. In sunlight this tone will diminish to a lightweight, greyer tone over time. An appropriate finish has to be applied annually in order to protect its unique look.

Given that Ipé wood is up to 5 times denser than many other types of hardwood, it's much more durable and is comparatively long-lasting. Sadly, as it is an all natural product, it will not last permanently and will need a particular amount of maintenance and attention after installation.

Hard wood decking from traditional western red cedar

Indigenous to the UK, cedar wood red western is a durable organic wood choice which has the added benefit of being notably lightweight. This lightweight feature makes red cedar hardwood simple to carry and set up. Moreover, red cedar produces it own oils which repel insects.

In aspect this form of hardwood decking begins life as a red-coloured-brown and slowly dies out to a silver-grey colour.

Hardwood decking from teak

Teak is a well known type of hardwood patio decking since it has natural weather-resistant attributes and does not require sealant. You'll discover teak in garden furniture and boat decking for this exact reason. Traditionally from Indonesia, bamboo hardwood decking has a glowing tone at first that afterwards will become silver-grey.

Although it is remarkably weather proof, it isn't foolproof. Plenty of TLC will be necessary with time and because it's a natural product, it won't last for an indefinite amount of time.

Redwood Hardwood Decking

Redwood is, in fact, an incredible silvered wood that withstands rot. However, several experts in decking will agree that redwood wood decking has a better look with sealant. It's less weather resistant in comparison to other hardwood decking types and, if subjected to extended periods of dampness, it will become black.

Composite Hardwood Decking

Blended hardwood decking is exactly what you desire! It is available in a wide range of styles, tones, colours and finishes which appear as good (often better) than organic hardwood decking varieties. The good thing is that composite wood decking was specially designed to resist insect, rot and weather damage. The minimum maintenance is necessary, only a quick hose down annually, and it will still look great without putting too much effort into it.

The actual down-side, obviously, is price. Composite wood decking is more pricey but it can last for many years and will need next to no further investment in treatments, finishes and maintenance.