Ipe Deck

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Ipe decks are very resistant to rot, insects, UV exposure, abrasion, splintering and chemicals. The superior strength, stability, and durability of Ipe makes it ideally suited for a wide variety of uses.

Ipe is a beautiful exotic wood typically grows in tropical South-central America. It is a large canopy tree, it grows to a height of 150 feet in the natural rain forest, with trunk diameter up to 6 feet.

In order to be Environmentally Friendly and ensure an effective construction, Deck Builders Miami will be using standard board lengths to reduce the amount of wasted wood.

Ipe has become the number one choice for residential wood decks due to its low maintenance, attractive color, and smooth surface and the fact that is lasts over 40 years!

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Ipe Deck


Ipe Deck Installation

Ipe is a very unique decking product with unique installation methods not commonly used for other types of decking such as composites and softwoods.

We use saw blades with 16 teeth to reduce friction when cutting, and the blade will stay sharp longer.  When a miter saw we use 12" saws with 32 teeth.

If boards are not grooved pre-drilling is necessary to avoid wood splitting and screw breakage. Nail guns will cause the wood to split either after impact or when the wood loses moisture. Cobalt alloy drill bits are the most effective and longest lasting when drilling into Ipe. 

Stainless Steel fasteners are imperative when we are fastening Ipe.

Pressure treated wood is use for the framing. It provides long-term protection from rot, decay and termites without the use of any EPA-listed hazardous chemicals.


Deck Fastener Options
Ipe Decking
Hardwood, low maintanace, high decay resistance, high strength.
Deck Clip
Hidden deck fastener systems work great with pre-grooved decking boards.
Wood Plugs
Pre-drilling holes for a high finish look, extra time and labor.
Standard Face Screws
Recommended two per joist. The trim head screw is very small and only slightly noticeable.

Ipe Decking Maintenance

Ipe has its own natural defense against decay, water absorption, cupping, splintering and twisting To oil an Ipe be sure to coat the entire length without stopping in the middle, which will be obvious when it dries.

A high-quality penetrating oil finish with a high UV inhibitor rating should be used if you want a "finished wood" appearance.

To maintain the desired color, the finish should be applied periodically depending on sun exposure Don't excessively apply an overcoat as many finishers may cause the surface to become sticky and can create a "puddle" look. Apply a thin coat and use a clean rag to remove any of the excess.


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