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Ex­otic Hard­woods

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AD­VAN­TAGE LUM­BER’S DAN IVANCIC has been in the ex­otic wood deck­ing busi­ness since 1992 and has this to say about why he feels it’s worth every penny:

“Soft do­mes­tic woods can have lim­ited longevity, es­pe­cially out­doors on hor­i­zon­tal sur­faces like deck­ing, where they see pro­longed ex­po­sure to rain, snow or ice be­fore they dry out. Ex­otic woods are nat­u­rally re­sis­tant to rot and de­cay for up­wards of 75 years with no main­te­nance, if you’re ok with the weath­ered-gray look.

Also, most species of ex­otic hard­woods are highly in­sect re­sis­tant. Hard­wood deck­ing and sid­ing prod­ucts, such as Ipe (shown right), Cu­maru, Tiger­wood, Mas­saran­duba and Garapa are some of the hard­est, most dense wood species on Earth. Wood-bor­ing in­sects can’t chew through them.

In terms of cost, yes, ex­otic wood is more. But you’ll likely need to re­place a soft­wood prod­uct three times be­fore you’d need to re­place an ex­otic wood — not to men­tion the in­volved main­te­nance of soft­wood and the cost in­curred for that main­te­nance. Plus, most im­porters prac­tice re­spon­si­ble forestry, so the wood is sus­tain­able as well as beau­ti­ful.”

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