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Legends Home Improvements uses only the finest materials from renowned suppliers to build our decks. Superior materials combined with superior design and craftsmanship will result in the deck of your dreams.

We are proud to feature the following




For some, only the colors and grains of a natural wood deck will suffice. In addition to industry-leading composites, Legends Home Improvements also works with the most exquisite natural woods to craft decks of impeccable beauty and strength.


Ipé is Portuguese for hardwood. These are extremely dense, tight-grained woods. Ipé color ranges from red-amber hues to dark brown. Some brands are more consistent as a dark brown. These woods are virtually clear from knots. These imported, tropical hardwoods have a very high rating for insect and decay resistance, similar to pressure treated. Our materials are supplied by Diamond Hardwoods. We were the first installer of Ipé in New Jersey, and have been working with the product since 1988.


Newly cut cedar has a color range from light browns and tans to salmon pink. Left untreated it will eventually turn silvery gray and then to a very dark brown. It’s graded A, B, C, or D.
This soft wood is more durable than most woods in common use. It is resistant to decay, but relatively soft and quick to weather. Preservative treatment/sealing is recommended.


Honduras mahogany is a true mahogany. There are other species like “Philippine Mahogany” that try to take the well-known name. True mahogany has a woven look to the grain with a courser texture.

Not all mahogany has the resistance to decay needed for outdoor use. The medium-to-dark red and brown species are more resistant to decay.

Pressure Treated (Southern Yellow Pine)

Pressure treated pine is the most popular choice of materials in the US, primarily because of cost. About 80% of pressure treated wood is southern yellow pine. It has a very pronounced grain, with a yellow-green hue caused by the ACQ chemical treatment of the wood. It is graded Select, #2 and better, and construction grade.