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There is a large variation of materials for exterior decoration, and people wonder what are the actual benefits of hardwood versus every other material. As many may or may not know, hardwood is becoming a preference for architects and designers when doing exteriors due to its multiple benefits. Hardwood can be used in decks, siding, docks, roofs, flooring and many more. We can guarantee you, if you search for luxury homes 5 out of 10 homes will have anything from above.

Here’s why hardwood works…

First of all, hardwood at first sight is eye-catching due to the fact it adds natural detail to any construction. Plus, hardwood blends extremely well with other materials. Hardwoods like IPE or Cumaru are the best allies for exterior designers and architects, because it goes with any minimalistic or intricate design on luxurious homes or commercial space. Check out your best options in our online catalog

Secondly, tropical hardwoods are low maintenance and long-lasting. Some types of wood require constant maintenance, elevating prices too much and compromising longevity due to the fact mold, decay and even termites can contaminate it easily. Instead, hardwoods like IPE or Cumaru are chemical free resistant to mold, decay and even termites. In terms of care and process, when you have your order at construction site, the following steps will be to install and then put a finishing coat. Afterwards, occasional maintenance will be required, but it won’t be complicated or expensive. If your deck needs maintenance we can help you out.

Thirdly, we are proud producers and importers of sustainably harvested tropical hardwoods, where local farmers and its families handle the crops. We are conscious of the environmental damage done by indiscriminate logging. Hence, we work closely with providers who operate under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) guidelines. That reassures you we handle our hardwood with the appropriate and economically viable management of the world’s forests.

Finally, there is no doubt that some say hardwood might be expensive, but if you see in the long run, it becomes cheaper than other materials like composite or pvc flooring. They need higher maintenance and are prone to peel and spot. In fact, you would be investing in your home or commercial space, it will add value to the property, by using hardwoods like IPE or Cumaru.

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Design tends to renovate itself every season, every year, every decade or two. Nowadays, architectural design is pointing towards nature, resembling big concrete jungles like New York, more into a real, natural jungle. Green buildings and wood facades or cladding are the showstoppers in every big city you can visit.

This type of design communicates wholeness in any space you can find it in, it allows busy cities to breath. The good thing about this type of material is that it can last up to 50 years or more, if the right (not so complicated) care is applied. Cumaru or Ipe wood are known to be long lasting, and it holds up to any type of weather, allowing architects to have the best construction material allied for designing their best projects.

Some designers like to use wood cladding in just one side of the structure, or like in this project, cladding becomes the center piece of the entire design. Other uses, that will be talked about in other posts, are flooring, ceilings and decking. Any accent of wood in architectural design you can image, it can be done in hardwoods like Ipe or Cumaru.

The best thing about these type of materials is its cost-effectiveness, since price would not matter once you get to have your living piece of nature for more that 50 years. You would not have to deal with remodeling, since this type of design outlasts over the years, this design will not be outdated.

Here is the perfect example of a beautiful wood cladding project in New York done by Decks Life. This project exudes nature, design and luxury in the big concrete jungle, and the best thing is that it will last for year.

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You have may heard that the plastic decking has many advantages vs the traditional wood decking. People say that it’s good for the environment, lasts longer, doesn’t need special care and it comes in different shades of tones that allows you to have the exact color that you want, but taking a deep look at every single aspect, it’s not as good as it looks.

Digging Deeper

The truth is, any material placed outdoors requires maintenance. Search online and you’ll see how plastic and wood-plastic composites can develop mold and mildew. Unlike Ipe, the mold you find in synthetic decking isn’t just superficial; it’s rooted in the core of the composite board. It maybe recycled and therefore more environmentally friendly, but when you buy a Wood for a company like Deckslife who harvests the wood responsibly by local farmers in the tropical forest with a reforestation program, so the environment won’t be an issue to worry about.

Natural wood also has a beautiful aging process with NO structural hazard or compromise. Instead, plastic’s aging process is dangerous in structural terms, and let’s not talk about lasting as you may know IPE & Cumaru wood may last, in case you didn’t know, it can go up to 30+ years just with the basic cares.

So what’s your call, plastic or natural wood? Have any questions in mind? We can help you solve them out. Visit or give us a call


While wood in its natural state can provide breathtaking beauty, it doesn’t always match the other colors or wood tones in our home. Adding stain to bare or stripped wood can both change the color and highlight the grain pattern of any interior wood. Since wood is a product of nature, it can vary from tree to tree, even in the same wood species.

Avoid surprises: First test any stain you are considering on an inconspicuous spot to ensure that the color of the stain—in conjunction with the natural color of the wood – produces the color you desire.

How to apply

1. All stains require open pores for adequate absorption into the wood. Applying stain over a finished surface will not change the color of the wood. Your cloth will simply wipe off the stain blocked from the pores by the existing finish.

2. Sand bare wood lightly to open the pores in preparation for staining. Begin with a medium-grit sandpaper (#120). Work your way to a final sanding with a fine-grit sandpaper (#220). Always sand in the direction of the grain to avoid leaving unsightly scratches. Stain can be applied with a bristle brush, a foam brush, or a cloth. On woods with large, open pores, such as oak, mahogany and ash, increase your pressure to work the stain into the pores. Rubbing or brushing against the direction of the grain will help fill deep pores with stain.

3. Apply a liberal amount of stain, giving the wood an ample amount to absorb. Pay attention to how long you leave the stain on the wood before wiping off any unabsorbed liquid. The longer the stain is left on, the deeper and richer the color will be. For consistent color, use careful timing. Never allow any stain to dry on the wood surface—it will prevent the clear finish from adhering and cause other issues.

4. Remove the last of any unabsorbed stain with a dry cloth, wiping in the direction of the wood grain. Swirl marks left by a stain-saturated cloth will become even more obvious under a coat of clear finish. Its thicker consistency enables it to cling to vertical surfaces without immediately running, giving you more time to apply an even coat of stain. Remember: a stain provides color, but not protection.

5. Once the stain has dried, apply a clear finish to protect both the stain and the wood—and to make the final results look even more beautiful.

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Skies of wood

Wooden ceilings give certain atmospheres a classic, elegant and warm style. But, the most important is that they don’t only decorate but they come with big plusses like: durability, safety and of course aesthetics, These characteristics make them more attractive when you start a new project.

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Ceiling of IPE wood

One of the greatest advantage of these type of ceilings is their quick installation.

The wood for the roof is sold detached, and must be assembled to achieve a total roof coating. For this union, nails and screws are needed; Although it is also recommended to use Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue, so that the bond between planks of wood is best.

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Tip: Before placing a wooden roof, you should determine the location of the thick wooden slats, where they will place the corresponding wooden insoles with those that covered the surface.

What type of wood should I use?

1.The first thing to do is to inform yourself well about: What color you want; What type of resistance you need; What are going to be the common uses of the space, what level of maintenance you want.

2. Define if you want to add luminosity and amplitude to your spaces, if this is what you need, you can opt for light tones. If, on the other hand, you want the place to look more inviting, then choose woods in darker shades.

We recommend using Cumaru or Ipe, if you need more information on these types of wood call or visit us and we will help you out choosing the best for your needs, again, no strings attached

3. Analyze cost/benefit depending of the wood options you have available

Reminder: Each type of wood resists differently and needs special maintenance, this influences the sun, water and humidity. It is advisable to take special care when exposing it to these phenomena. The hardest woods are the long-lasting ones, however, if they have not been properly dried, their durability will be affected.

Advantage of Ipe and Cumaru:
They are antiallergic, dust and fungi repellant. They allow repair or maintenance in specific areas, without the need to lift the entire floor.

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