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What is the Janka Hardness Scale?

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The Janka Hardness Scale is something that we often refer to here at Hardwood Decking Supply. Where did it come from, why do we use it, and why should it matter to you? Let’s jump in and learn more! What does the Janka Hardness Scale measure? In short, the Janka Hardness Scale measures — surprise!... Read More

All About Garapa Hardwood

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Are you thinking about building a new deck or fence? You know you want the incredible durability and beauty of a tropical hardwood but there are many options. If you’re debating the merits of the different hardwoods out there, we urge you to consider garapa. It’s an excellent material to use for a variety of... Read More

The Many Uses of Ipe Hardwood

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UPDATED FOR 2022 If you know any of us at Hardwood Decking Supply, then you probably know how much we love ipe hardwood. And we’re not the only ones! Ipe (also known as Ironwood and Brazilian Walnut)  is our best-selling product. This is not a surprise because it has many outstanding characteristics. In fact, it... Read More

Why Batu Is Better Than Mahogany

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Many homeowners covet the beautiful, high-end look of mahogany. It’s only natural that mahogany is often a material that homeowners consider when installing a new deck or fence. However, mahogany, which can be problematic, is far from the best option. Learn more about mahogany and the superior option, Batu! Don't pay a premium for inferior... Read More

Why Ipe Hardwood Is Perfect for the Pacific Northwest

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If you live in the Pacific Northwest and you're thinking about building a new deck this fall, you might be wondering if wood is the best choice given the region's wet winters. As anyone in Portland or Seattle will tell you, constant rain can wreak havoc on wood structures. However, certain types of hardwoods -... Read More

Build a Batu or Ipe Hardwood Fence

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Are you considering building or replacing a fence this spring? Whether you’re interested in increased privacy, blocking noise or unsightly views, or safely corralling pets and children, a fence is a great way to add curb appeal to your home. When building a fence, many professionals and DIYers automatically point to a wood like pine… Read More

Why FSC Certification is Important

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What is FSC certification? The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a nonprofit organization that provides environmentally sustainable standards for a wide variety of products related to forests. In addition to setting standards, FSC independently confirms that the standards have been met and then provides its certified logo to qualifying products. Founded in 1993 in response… Read More

All About Batu

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Batu is a gorgeous wood that is an ideal material to use for deck building. If you’re looking for a beautiful and durable wood that costs less than ipe, then batu is a great option for you. Batu Facts Also known as red balau, batu is a hardwood originating from Indonesia and other locations in… Read More

All About Ipe Hardwood

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If you’re planning on building a new deck, ipe wood is a great option. Tough, strong, and durable, your ipe deck will last for decades with the proper care. Let’s learn more about this incredible material! Ipe Facts Also called Brazilian walnut, ipe is a gorgeous wood with a rich, dark brown color. Ipe is… Read More

Consider Tigerwood For Your Deck

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Tigerwood is a beautiful hardwood that is unlike any other. With its golden-to-reddish brown color and tigerlike dark stripes, tigerwood is sure to bring a gorgeous, unique look to your project. Tigerwood Facts Also known as goncalo alves and Brazilian koa, tigerwood can be found in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America. With… Read More