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Ipe, maranti, teak, and the exotic woods look a lot better standing in their habitats than mangled into decking. Consider purchasing worthy composite material like Trex & X-potential. (X-p weathers like Ipe here on the Atlantic coast) Google "Rubbersidewalks" and "Building Green" for stimulating possibilities.. . cheers!


Great advice. There are many great options now that make the old redwood look positively quaint, and synthetic composite materials are gaining in popularity. One things to check on if you care is whether or not the imported lumber is grown in an ecologically sustainable way on a plantation or if it's just harvested from old growth.


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