Outdoor Decking Overview

Enjoying a peaceful hour on your outdoor deck allowing you to reconnect with the beauty of nature may be the reprieve you are looking for. An outdoor deck is an extension of the living space in a home. Whether it is a place for solitude and relaxation or simply an area with more room for family and friends. Over the last decade, Kwaterski Bros Wood Products has noticed homeowners investing into smaller, more exquisite and lower maintenance decks. Reducing the amount of upkeep and further defining how the space will be used are a focus for most homeowners today. Through our testing, experience and knowledge we offer the architect, contractor and homeowner assessments of the best outdoor decking options.

Kwaterski Bros Wood Products purchases its rough wood planks directly from the best mills in the US and Canada. By maintaining direct relationships with the mills, we have better control on where the raw material will come from. Therefore, the quality of the fiber remains consistently high. Purchasing in truckload quantities results in lower costs. Our in-house, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility allows us to better control the process, offering you the very best quality products and value.

Wood has been the preferred material choice for outdoor decking over the past 70 plus years. Cedar, Redwood, Treated Pine, Douglas Fir and Cypress have been the most popular species used with varying degrees of success. Recently, more options have surfaced. Hardwoods, such as Ipe, Cumaru, Massaranduba, Meranti, Mahogany, Tigerwood, Cambara and thermally modified local hardwoods, are available along with composite decking. Our interest is in offering the best values in each category based upon our testing, real-world experience in manufacturing, and working with building professionals and homeowners for over 40 years. Shown below is our recent side-by-side cost of ownership comparisons of some of the outdoor decking materials based on our research, testing and experience.

Outdoor decking comparisonsOutdoor decking comparison
Decking option Description Dimensional stability Maintenance Initial cost
Designer Cedar Light to Medium reddish brown color Very stable Powerwash or powerwash & stain Knotty grade – Lowest
Select or Clear grade – High
Designer Cumaru Golden-reddish brown color Stable Powerwash & oil Moderate
Timbertech composites Diverse palate of colors Very stable Powerwash Moderate
Designer Ipe Deep olive & reddish brown color Very stable Powerwash or powerwash & oil High
Designer Petrified Ash Dark brown color, beautiful grain Highest stability rating Powerwash & oil Moderate
Designer Redwood Medium to dark red color Very stable Powerwash or powerwash & stain High


“We have owned our Ipe deck for 10 years, and we are extremely pleased with the performance and looks. I wish our other deck would have been built with Ipe decking from Kwaterski Bros to minimize the maintenance and having the beautiful look.”

– Linda Miller

Unfinished samples available-package of 3 for $15.00.
Custom Prefinished samples available for $13.00 each

Contact 715-479-5559 or sales @kwaterskibros.com

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