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Custom-Designed Decks

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The most popular wood for decks in Israel is Ipe, Pine and Tigerwood.   Each of them has their qualities and disadvantages. It is important to weigh the cost/benefits of the different types of wood.   For example, Ipe is the most expensive of the three, but Tigerwood is similar in quality and costs less.


Wood Appearance Hardness Strength Decay Resistance* Price Range
Ipe No Eyes, varying from Deep-brown to Reddish Very Scratch-resistant 22,560psi For 40+yrs Naturally Expensive
Tigerwood No Eyes, Reddish with Dark Streaks Medium Scratch-resistance 19,285psi For 20+yrs Naturally Medium
Treated Pine Has Eyes, Takes Whatever Color The Stain Is Low Scratch-resistance 14,500psi For 20+yrs with Chemicals Inexpensive

*The limited decay resistance listed is applicable only to decks, which are horizontal over the ground, uncovered and high-traffic areas.*

Ipe decking Tigerwood decking Treated Pine decking


Decks are beautiful, strong, useful and low-maintenance. But, because they get alot of abuse and are exposed to the elements, its important to invest in tough wood.

Keep in mind while choosing the type of wood to use, that the cheaper the wood, the more likely you will have problems with it. Especially Pine and especially the lower grades of Pine.

 Pine decking can excrete sap, warp, the knots can fall out, leaving holes, and it can give splinters. It will also need re-oiling at least every couple of years.

Ipe, though very good quality, it is not problem-free. It needs oiling every year if exposed to sun. It can have cracks and turn whitish if it is not kept oiled.

Tigerwood is similar to Ipe with treatment in most respects.

Composite Decking (50% wood & 50% synthetic) is also a possibility. It is about the same prices as Ipe but will likely not last quite as long as Ipe.