I am a Class A deck and patio contractor in the Central Virginia area. I’ve used exotic hardwoods on deck projects for decades and have always used Ipe until I was recently introduced to KAYU Batu. I’ve been using KAYU for nearly a year now with outstanding results and honestly would not go back to Ipe. The density is very comparable, but the color is much more consistent with the KAYU. Ipe has a wider range of color variation and I’ve found that most of my clients prefer the more consistent KAYU. Once they’re told of the price difference they’re absolutely sold on the KAYU. As a high-end deck builder with an impeccable reputation for material selection and craftsmanship, I highly recommend KAYU exotic hardwood as the decking product of choice when the client prefers a high-end “natural” product for the mid-grade price.
Bruce, Richmond, Virgina