Kayu decking is one of those materials that exude quality. Kayu has a rich colour and texture. It is not quite as smooth as Ipe however it provides a stunning finish to any project. Kayu has been used on high end yachts for centuries.
What is Kayu?
Kayu is a stunning exotic mahogany hardwood. Kayu is hard, strong, naturally resists rot, and has excellent abrasion and dent resistance. Kayu is in the same wood family as Teak. The appearance of Kayu is quite smooth to the touch with a subtle texture. Kayu has a larger variation in colour that Ipe. It has tones of brown, red, orange and yellow. It is an extremely long lasting natural wood with a furniture grade finish. Kayu is also generally free of any knots.
Why Choose Ipe?
Kayu provides many of the benefits of a composite deck material in a natural wood product. It is a very versatile material that has unlimited uses. We are able to install Kayu for the decking, rail, trim, skirting, stairs, privacy screens and pergolas on your deck. It is also available in long lengths up to 20 ft and can be custom ordered in lengths that are even longer. (However the wait may be prohibitive). Typically Kayu is not available in as many dimensional sizes and lengths as Ipe. It has little or no knots in the finish of the material. It is kiln dried and resistant to shrinking, twisting, cupping and checking. It will weather to a silver grey patina over time.
The Kayu Experience
Your Deck Company has installed thousands of square ft of Kayu decking and railing. As a result we are very knowledgeable on the best practices of working with Kayu.
Kayu is not nearly as difficult to work with as Ipe. However it does have its challenges. Pre-drilling is recommended and generally necessary.
Hand nailing into Kayu is difficult and pneumatic nail guns will usually split the wood. Stainless Steel fasteners are recommended when fastening Kayu. Next to Ipe, Kayu will outlast most decking products currently on the market. So you need your fastener to last just as long.
Hidden clips used for installing the decking can be very effective if the correct type is used. I do not recommend the use of under-mount bracket systems. Any shrinkage of the Pressure Treated framing will generally cause the small screws to snap.
Kayu looks great when fasteners are also plugged. Plugging is a method of hiding visible fasteners. It is when a fastener is deeply countersunk from the surface of the wood. A specific size of plug of the same wood is then glued and tapped into the hole to conceal the fastener. Once the glue has dried the plug is trimmed with a chisel and sanded smooth. This is a very time consuming option that provides an excellent finish however it will also add to the final labour bill.
Kayu will generally accept finishes better than Ipe will. As a result not as much maintenance is involved. However do not make the mistake of thinking Ipe or Kayu are low maintenance materials. They are NOT.
Your Deck Company is equipped with an extensive and complete woodworking shop that is a definite plus when working with materials such as Kayu.
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