Teak has long been a paradigm for landscaping due to its inherent properties. It is costly, however, and while carefully managed forests are combating its potential extinction, overconsumption is a volatile issue.
“The price of teak is driven by supply and demand, but also by harvesting techniques. It’s still harvested by elephant,” says George Guy, vice president of East Teak Fine Hardwoods. Moreover, he adds, its country of origin, Myanmar, significantly impacts the bottom line.
While the company offers FSC-certified reclaimed teak decking and timbers, ipé (aka Brazilian walnut) is a much less expensive option with otherwise similar attributes—and, according to Guy, strictly controlled by the Brazilian government.
Tobacco brown in color, harder and denser than teak, with a fire rating equal to concrete or steel, ipé is also more difficult to work with, which is what makes the company’s new deck tiles so compelling.
Available in straight patterns with nonslip grooves, the units measure 20'' x 20'' and install easily with the company’s I-Connect mechanism that grips tiles together and separates them into halves or quarters to accommodate edges. East Teak Fine Hardwoods, Dallas, Tex. www.eastteak.com
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Teaklike in all its attributes, but made with southern yellow pine, PureWood chemical- and metal-free preserved wood decking and components from Bay Tree Technologies is a result of the Stellac Thermally Modified Wood (TMW) process used in Europe for more than a decade.
According to Bill Schwam, vice president of sales and marketing, this proven technology marries heat and steam to about 400 degrees F. It kills the nutrients that attract insects, fungus, and molds but stabilizes the wood, which is light, renewable, and recyclable. Bay Tree Technologies USA, Memphis, Tenn.
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With the look and performance of hardwood, FiberTech’s TimberWolf Wood Composite Fencing is certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) to have a minimum of 90 percent postconsumer recycled content, in this case high-density polyethylene containers and wood fiber. Indeed, says Jerry Crews, vice president of engineering, it’s been tested and exceeds Miami-Dade’s requirements for wind load. FiberTech Polymers, Santa Ana, Calif.
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At one with nature
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