FSC Decking - How to Choose the Right Certified Decking Material

If environmental concerns will play a role on your decision making process then you will probably want to purchase a decking material that has been certified by the FSC. The FSC is a third party not for profit organization established to ensure the wood you are purchasing has been responsibly harvested.

There are many FSC decking options on the market but not all of them are created equal. There are domestic woods like cedar and thermal treated softwoods like pine, these domestic materials have a life expectancy of about 15 years if maintained properly.

Of course you can use these materials and have many years of enjoyment on your deck, but you should be aware that they will require power washing and staining at least every other year.

An increasingly popular alternative to domestic wood decking would be exotic wood that comes from South America. These exotic materials can last 40 years or more with no maintenance at all. Woods like Ipe, Tigerwood, Cumaru and Garapa are some of the densest and durable hardwoods you can find. As a result these materials are naturally resistant to mold, mildew and wood boring insects like termites. These materials also have a high slip resistance, a natural class A rating for flame spread and they do not splinter or contain knots which is why they make excellent decking and dock material.

FSC Ipe Decking and Tigerwood Decking are two of the most sought after FSC decking materials due to their longevity and beauty. The demand for these materials is also increasing due to the growth of the green and eco friendly building industry.

Jon Fletcher is a knowledgeable hardwood decking expert at Advantage Trim & Lumber that has been supplying builders, contractors and homeowners with Ipe Decking, Tigerwood Decking, Cumaru Decking, Garapa Decking and over 55 species of hardwood flooring for nearly 20 years.