What is Hardwood Decking?
Hardwood decking is harvested from slower growing tree species found in tropical or sub tropical countries such as South America, Africa, India, Central America and the East and West Indies to name a few.
Responsibly sourced hardwoods arrive in the UK by specialist importers and may involve a lead time depending on stock and the time of year.
Popular species available are: Balau, Ipe, Iroko, Garapa, Mandioquiera.
Hardwood decking is available in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes. To keep things simple, the hardwood decking we usually supply is 21mm thick and 145mm wide, although it is possible to obtain other dimensions if required. Lengths can range from 2M to 6M.
Due to its denser cellular structure and attractive natural colours, hardwood is becoming extremely popular for decking projects. It has good fire resistance and is less prone to warping or cracking if installed correctly.
With Hardwood varieties, there is potentially more of an environmental issue here, as they tend to originate from poorer countries/economies where the need for for wealth can outweigh environmental responsibility.
However, we ONLY buy from licensed and approved ethical distributors that can assure the quality and sustainable origins of their timber (such as dedicated tree farms). Hardwood decking sales have decreased 70% in the last 2 years due to the introduction of composite decking.