Top 10 Reasons Why Ipe Decking is the Best Decking Material

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If you are trying to decide which decking material is the best, you may want to consider Ipe decking before making your final decking material decision.  Ipe decking may not be for everyone...but it certainly should be part of your decision making process.

Ipe timber decking over massive expanses of bridges in environmental reclamation project

Ipe lumber is so strong it can be used for bridges with vehicle traffic.


Top 10 reasons Why Ipe Decking is the Best Decking Material:

10.) Why not consider Ipe wood decking for your decking material?

Ipe decking is roughly the same price as synthetic plastic decking material. The initial cost of building a new deck often includes planning and design, permits, site preparation, footers, framing materials, construction labor, stairs, posts and railings. The decking material you select is typically only about 20% of the overall cost of building a deck. 

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9.) Ipe decking is eco-friendly.

Ipe wood lumber is a sustainably harvested real wood decking material and is a renewable natural resource. It takes only about 30 years for an Ipe tree to reach full maturity.

Sustainable forestry

Mataverde Ipe lumber is sustainably harvested in pre-approved managed forest projects

8.) Ipe wood is a high density hardwood decking material

The high density of Ipe decking is one reason why Ipe decking lasts so long and is so durable.  Ipe decking is naturally resistant to termites and rot and decay. Ipe decking is so dense it has received a Class A fire rating.

7.) Ipe wood is extremely hard and strong.

The extreme hardness of Ipe decking has many benefits that you can enjoy for years to come; Ipe decking will not sag like synthetic decking, Ipe lumber is stable in heat and cold and does not expand and contract like other decking materials, Ipe wood resists scrapes and gouges.


20 year old Ipe hardwood decking on a boardwalk in Mystic, CT

6.) Ipe decking is naturally splinter resistant.

They say that the foot is one of the most sensitive areas of the body. Protect yourself, family and friends from nasty splinters.


5.) Ipe decking has natural low slippage qualities.

Ipe lumber has been tested and complies with ASTM-C1028-89. Ipe Decking exceeds the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for Static Coefficient of friction in a wet environment. 

ipe pool deck

4.) Ipe decking is a sustainable decking material.

One of the factors involved in determining the sustainability of decking materials is how long they last. Ipe lumber is one of the longest lasting natural decking materials on earth.


3.) Ipe decking has an extremely low life cycle cost.

Some people look at only the short term initial cost of a decking material. The upfront initial cost of Ipe wood is high. But if you take a longer view of total costs of decking materials, Ipe decking has been analyzed and valued as the lowest overall life-cycle cost decking material.

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2.) Ipe wood is a rich chocolaty brown all-natural beautiful decking material.

Ipe wood is stunningly beautiful. Ipe decking ranges in color from light browns to medium and dark browns with a variety of shades in between.  The exotic figuring, striping and grain variations add natural beauty marks and character to Ipe hardwood lumber.

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1.) Choosing Ipe decking as a decking material says a lot about you.

When considering all the benefits of Ipe decking, choosing Ipe wood as your decking material shows what values are important to you: long lasting, strength, natural beauty, sustainable green decking product, durability and unparalleled excellence.


Ipe wood is strong, dense and beautiful - and works great for residential and commercial projects

For additional information about Ipe decking and other decking materials please follow any of the links below:

Mataverde Ipe decking information

Ipe Decking Pictures and Photo Gallery

Ipe Wood Project Photo Gallery

For a wealth of information about selecting the right decking material for you, please download the comprehensive whitepaper titled, "The Ultimate Guide to Decking Materials".


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