Azek vs. IPE- Which Has The Best Fire Rating (VIDEO)

Matt Risinger of "The Build Show" fire tests four different types of decking.

Anyone who has been paying attention to the news over the last year knows that building with fire-resistant materials is becoming increasingly important, especially in areas more susceptible to wild fires. In the video above, Matt Risinger takes four different materials (ipe, cedar, Azek, and TimberTek) and tests their fire rating by, well, holding the materials over an open fire. Check out the video to see how each material performed.

Matt Risinger is a builder in Austin, TX whose goal is to educate people on the principles of Building Science in a practical way. Matt builds homes that are dramatically more energy efficient, durable, healthy, and comfortable than most new homes in America. He has a BS in Industrial Management and has worked in construction across the United States. Since 2005 Matt has owned and operated his own company “Risinger & Co.”, which has grown to 27 people. He loves quality craftsmanship and is proud to show off his crew’s efforts on his YouTube channel.

Thanks for sharing your terrific insight and awesome videos, Matt.

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Bonus Pro Tip: Tougher decking

Not long ago, most manufactured decking was “composite,” typically a combination of wood fibers and polymers. Composite was a big improvement over wood, but today most manufacturers offer something even better: “capped” or “shelled” decking. The core of capped decking is similar to composite or made from cellular PVC, but that core is covered with a layer of denser, tougher polymer. That means better resistance to scratches, stains and fading. Brands include AZEK, TimberTech and Trex. It costs about $5 to 10 per sq. ft. Paying more usually gets you a thicker or tougher cap, plus deeper texturing and blended coloring for a more natural look. The decking shown above, Trex Transcend, is made from 95 percent recycled material and includes a 25-year fade and stain warranty. For more on modern decking, click here.