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Compare Ipe Decking to Cumaru Decking

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 @ 06:10 AM

Ipe and Cumaru are two great hardwood decking material options. They are both naturally beautiful and have a lot of amazing characteristics in common. Depending on your deck project needs, either species could be a viable decking choice worth considering.

In many ways, comparing Ipe hardwood to Cumaru hardwood is a lot like comparing two great athletes – both are different but have a lot of similar traits and characteristics.  Both Ipe and Cumaru wood species are very reliable, exceptionally strong, high performance, extraordinarily durable options that are far above the norm. Ultimately, it comes down to your personal preference between the two.

When you compare Cumaru decking to Ipe decking, you will see a lot of great benefits that each decking option shares. 

Ipe decking on boardwalk in Rye, NY
Cumaru decking and esplanade at Pier 15 in Mew York
Playland Park in Rye, New York
Pier 15 in New York City
 

Here's a list that shows many factors each hardwood decking species has in common.

 

    Similarities Between Mataverde® Premium Hardwood Species: 

       Ipe Decking vs Cumaru Decking  

Grain Variations

Lots of tropical graining, striping and exotic “figuring”. Install these different variations artfully, (like a hardwood floor) for the best look

Fiber Strength

Both species have “off the charts” bending strength

Hardness

Both Ipe and Cumaru are more than double the hardness of oak. They hold up so well for public boardwalks, just imagine how they could perform on your deck.

Durability

Both species have been rated “very durable” by the USDA Forest Products Laboratory

Fire Resistance

Both Mataverde Ipe and Cumaru hardwood decking have been tested to meet the requirements of a Class A fire rating

Mataverde Warranty

Mataverde offers a 25 year limited warranty against termites and fungal decay

Life Expectancy

40+ years or more if cleaned and maintained regularly

Life-Cycle Costs

Exceptionally low after installation, especially if the “low maintenance” option is selected

Appearance/Finish

Can be coated with UV inhibiting oil to preserve a “like new” wood appearance.

Low Maintenance Option

Allow the material to weather naturally to a silvery gray patina

Workability / Installation

Both species require carbide tools and quality craftsmanship

 

As you saw in the chart above, Ipe hardwood and Cumaru hardwood have a lot of remarkable benefits in common. Both are strong, both are beautiful, but how are they different? No matter which decking option you choose, all decking material options have strengths and limitations. 

Ipe rooftop deck by The Organic Gardener in NYC
cumaru_deck_in_pound_ridge,_ny.jpg
 Ipe decking in a rooftop oasis
Cumaru decking in a backyard haven
 

The next list shows some of the basic differences between Ipe decking to Cumaru hardwood species: 

Key Differences Between Ipe and Cumaru Hardwood Decking 

MATAVERDE® IPE
HARDWOOD DECKING
MATAVERDE® CUMARU
HARDWOOD DECKING

Nickname:   “Brazilian Walnut”

Nickname:   “Brazilian Teak”

Color:  Light brown to medium browns, olive browns to nearly black range of colors

Color:  Mostly medium browns to reddish brown ranges, some darker and lighter

Graining:  Mostly tighter, finer graining

Graining:  Predominately coarser, interlocked graining

Fiber Strength: 23,360 psi

Fiber Strength: 22,400 psi

Splintering: Minimal 

Splintering:  Minimal to below average. Some slight splinters may appear after wood has seasoned. If so, either foot traffic or a light sanding will remove them

Slip Resistance:  Ipe meets ADA slip resistance requirements

Slip Resistance:  Moderate

Movement:  Minimal

Movement:  Minimal to moderate

Comparative Pricing:  Higher

Comparative Pricing:  Moderate

 

Before deciding on any decking options, it's always best to compare decking materials, to see which one works best for you and your project needs.  

We hope you enjoyed this article. Please visit MataverdeDecking.com to learn more about hardwood decking options, deck photo galleries and lots more:

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Topics: Hardwood Decking