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Hardwood Decks

Various hardwoods, like Ipe, Mangaris, Cumaru and others have come on the market and have some definite advantages. They don't need to be sealed, but look great when they are. They are so dense that termites don't have a chance and most are fire resistant. They have no knots, so are a good value, being a bit more expensive than construction heart redwood, which has a good deal of knots and being less expensive than clear redwood, while being low maintenance and long-lasting. They sometimes cup (warp up), particularly on the ends requiring sanding after the first year. Ipe' has gone up in price, while Mangaris has stayed the same, so most recent projects have been done with Mangaris Diamond, which has a Class A fire rating. For more information, see our  deck refinishing page. To see many more deck pictures, see our Decks page.

Mangaris deck with glass railing, Hollywood Hills.

Ipe pool deck unstained, Brentwood.

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Recently Completed Projects:

    Ipe deck in Sherman Oaks. Ipe deck in Beverly Hills. Mangaris deck Hollywood Hills Gazebo in San Marino.         Ipe deck in Encino.         Trellis structure in Glendale. Trex deck in Tujunga.         Trex deck in Pasadena.     Trex deck in Los Angeles. Clear redwood deck in Malibu. Trex deck in La Canada. Trellis structure in Studio City. Paneled fence in Tarzana. Trex deck in Brentwood.     Arbor structure in Arcadia. Weather Best deck, Glendale. Paneled fence in Pasadena. Fence in Pacific Palisades. Solar Patio Cover, San Dimas. Solar Patio Cover in Monrovia. Solar Patio Cover, La Crescenta.                         Ipe deck in Brentwood, (below).


    Ipe pool deck, unstained.

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