Compare Ipe Decking to Cumaru Decking

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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. 



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


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.


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


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


 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 


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.  




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