All decked out … in tropical hardwoods!

Spring is here and most of us are spending lots of time at home…so it may be a good time to work on your outdoor space.  We want to share with you Excelsior’s preferred in house method to prepare tropical hardwoods like Ipe and Red Balau, also known as Batu and commonly referred to as Mahogany decking. 

IPE

RED BALAU (BATU)

  1. We groove for hidden fasteners. If the decking is 4/4 material we center-match the groove. If it’s 5/4 we offset the groove to the bottom. This creates an extra heavy wear layer, hides the clip a bit and allows the boards to sit flatter (since when we mill it, we are referencing both edge grooves off the bottom of the board, not flipping them halfway through). In this case, be sure to buy clips for 4/4 material since the groove is offset to the bottom.
  1. We wire brush the face of the boards. This cleans and refreshes the material and has the added benefit of opening the grain. Tropical hardwoods like Ipe and Red Balau are very dense, so dense that even penetrating oils have a hard time penetrating… wire brushing helps.
  1. Next, we apply coatings.  We apply it and let it penetrate for a minimum of 24 hours before we wipe off the excess. We coat all the sides as recommended. This helps reduce moisture intake and cupping.

We stock Exo-Shield which is specially formulated for tropical hardwoods. However, we can apply just about any oil you specify. Another go-to is Arborcoat by Ben Moore. You can learn more about how to choose the right stain for your deck HERE.

Now it's in your hands!

Excelsior stocks the decking accessory products you will need to do the job right. Check out our Online Store for more information.

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We also supply these items for your install.

ProPlug

Smart-Bit

Decking Screws

DECKING FAVS

This deck was built using a few of our favorite products. The decking is Red Balau (batu), which is a selective harvested tropical hardwood. The decking was coated with ExoShield Premium Stain and was fastened using ExoDek QuickClip.

 How beautiful is this deck?!

This is just an example of what few of our favorite products can produce.