Hardwood Decking

Tigerwood & IPE Decking

This decking is perfect for high end homes in seattle because it is amazingly strong and resistant to the wet weather here in the Northwest.  On top of that, it is absolutely gorgeous and again is what goes on the higher end homes in this area.

What Sets Tigerwood Apart From Other Decking Options?

Eye-Catching Aesthetics Tigerwood (Also known as: Goncalo Alves, Brazilian Koa, and Muiracatiara) 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. Many plastic decking manufactuers try to mimic the look of Tigerwood Decking, but these fake imitations do not match the look of the real deal! Tigerwood vs The Competition Tigerwood is an extremely durable exotic hardwood that is naturally resistant to rot and decay. This great durability leads to a 30+ year lifespan without preservatives!


Often referred to as one of the hardest woods known to man, Ipe will outlast most all other decking products on the market. It’s rich and warm appearance is arguably the most attractive decking that exists. IPE (aka. Ironwood) is one of many commercial names used for the the imposing Lapacho group of trees from the various species of Tabebuia.The trees generally grow from 140 to 150 feet, but some can reach heights of 200 feet. Some other common names for the trees from this group include Bethbara and Lapacho, and a host of names used in the countries where the trees grow. The trees are mostly found in Brazil as well as throughout Central and South America and some of the Lesser Antilles.

IPE’S strong, tough resilient properties make it an excellent material and increasingly popular choice for commercial/residential decking and outdoor furniture. It is prized for its stability, durability, strength and natural resistance to decay, wet conditions, and infestation by termites and borers. It is available in long lengths and relatively easy to season. Ipe has a Class A fire rating, the same rating given to concrete and steel.

Tigerwood Decking Comparison

An extremely dense, tight grained wood. Generally a deep rich brown with some pieces displaying red and amber hues. 3600 lbs. 22,560 psi High rating for insect (termite) and decay resistance. Offers 75+ year lifespan.
Tigerwood Decking
Light golden brown to reddish brown with irregular black and brown streaks. 1850 lbs. 19,285 psi Very durable and naturally resistant to decay and insects. Offers 30+ year lifespan.
Douglas Fir
A light reddish-brown wood with generally straight grain.
670 lbs.
12,400 psi
Not naturally resistant to decay. Should be painted or stained to prevent decay.
Pressure Treated Pine
Very pronounced grain. Dusty yellow-green palor due to chemical treatment of the wood.
690 lbs.
14,500 psi
There are 2 commonly used chemical preservatives, MCA (Micronized Copper Azole) and ACQ (Alkaline Copper Quaternary). These chemicals are forced into the wood to help reduce decay but there are some potential health concerns with these treatments.
California Redwood
Several grades available that vary considerably in appearance and quality. Usually straight grained with a fine, even texture. Color varies from cherry-red to dark reddish-brown
480 lbs.
10,000 psi
Premium grades are more durable than most woods in common use. Resistant to decay, but relatively soft and quick to weather. Treatment is recommended.
Western Cedar
Fresh cut, this wood appears a salmon pink color which turns a coffee brown over time. Species is generally straight grained.
580 lbs.
7,500 psi
This softwood is more durable than most woods in common use. Resistant to decay, but relatively soft and quick to weather. Treatment is recommended.
Philippine Mahogany
Interlocked grain similar to true mahogany, but with a courser texture. Species is generally medium to dark brown.
760 lbs.
12,000 psi
Only the dark red species are resistant to decay. Although more durable than cedar and redwood, it is still relatively soft compared to Tigerwood Decking.
The Janka Hardness Test is a measure of the hardness of wood. The Janka Test was developed as a variation of the Brinell hardness test.  The test measures the force required to push a steel ball with a diameter of 11.28 millimeters (0.444 inches) into the wood to a depth of half the ball’s diameter. The diameter was chosen to produce a circle with an area of 100 square millimeters.