Some people like setting a large number of different items, furniture, and cooking appliances on top of their deck. It is important to remember that your deck is designed with a maximum weight limit, based upon the type of supports used underneath it. If you overload the deck with an excessive amount of weight, the boards could curl on the ends, or the supports might give out, and the entire deck would then fall down.
There are a few different ways to avoid having this kind of accident. One option is to reinforce your current decking with additional support posts in the right locations, and to verify the deck boards were properly framed. However, investing this level of work could involve a large amount of time, as well as removing parts of the deck in order to raise it up so new supports can be put into place. Instead of going through all this effort, you may want to consider starting over and building a new deck using tigerwood decking.
Tigerwood decking is yellow brown and bronze colored, with irregular dark lines that are similar to the patterns found in a tiger’s fur. This type of decking is extremely hard, heavy, close grained, and is water resistant. In addition, it is available in a wide range of sizes, including large ones. Because it is a hardwood, it is designed to support the weight of outdoor appliances, hot tubs, and furniture without risking making impressions into the wood. Tigerwood is comparable to Ipe, but is available at a fraction of the cost.