Some of the best decking materials are exotic wood species. Unfortunately, many of these varieties are slow-growth trees that have been irresponsibly harvested – not exactly a green choice for your outdoor addition. Tigerdeck, however, offers the performance and durability of tropical hardwood that is sustainably produced, and their product line includes FSC-certified source materials.
Tigerdeck tropical wood decking utilizes a fast-growing wood species known as Astronium spp, a member of the Cashew family common in Central and South America. Also known as Tigerwood, it’s lighter than some other tropical woods like Ipe, but still dense and naturally rot- and insect-resistant. According to the manufacturer, Tigerdeck lasts 2-3 times as long as cedar, redwood, or treated lumber, and they back up their claims with a 25-year warranty.
Tigerdeck also uses a clever hidden fastener system that uses “biscuit” anchors slotted into the sides of the planks. Besides being convenient, this system also contributes to the durability of a Tigerdeck. The seal on each plank isn’t compromised by screw holes, and the attachment brackets allow for natural expansion and contraction of the wood.
Composite decking products can be a good alternative to wood, but one issue is their maintenance and disposal (most contain plastics that can’t be recycled, so they typically end up in landfills). However, a quality wood decking product like Tigerdeck can be sanded & refinished if needed, and it’s biodegradable or recyclable after reaching the end of its usable life.
Learn more or find a distributor at the Tigerdeck website.