Author Archives: Mr. Ipe Hardwood

Nominal Vs. Net Finished Dimensions – What You Need to Know

If you’re looking to build a deck for the very first time, the first thing you need to know is how much decking to buy. Many people make the mistake of planning their materials list based on what’s known in the lumber world as “nominal dimensions.” 1×4, 1×6, 5/4×4, and 5/4×6. These are the most popular “nominal dimensions” and are the terms we are all used to hearing on TV shows and even in DIY deck building books. However, what you need to know is that “nominal dimensions” refer to a piece of unfinished/rough lumber that has not yet been milled (aka surfaced).
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A Sustainable Truth: What is the Lacey Act?

The oldest wildlife protection statute in the U.S. is the Lacey Act. Enacted in 1900 and named after John F. Lacey, the Lacey Act was created to fight against illegal trafficking in wildlife, fish and even some plants. In 2008, the Lacey Act was expanded to include the certain logging practices and all plants. It also made the prosecution much more powerful in terms of both criminal and civil courts, which also aids law enforcement in pertinent information such as having importers declare country of origin.

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Happy Thanksgiving & A Special Black Friday Decking Sale

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From our family to yours, we hope you have a truly warm and wonderful Thanksgiving!

If you’re looking to build something this holiday season, take advantage of our Black Friday sale! Starting tomorrow, all orders over $1,500 are eligible to receive free shipping. All you have to do is enter code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout to save hundreds or more on your order! Click here and bookmark the online store to save.

Attention Renters! Remodel a Drab Porch with Deck Tiles


Sick of the way your balcony looks at your apartment or condo? Want a change but don’t want to invest in something you are just renting? Advantage Deck Tiles are THE solution. Turn your home’s gray and boring deck or balcony into a elegant space to relax and entertain friends TODAY!

Instead of covering it with a carpet, or asking permission to repaint the surface, why not put down a deck that you can actually own?

Advantage Deck Tiles are the portable decking solution that lasts longer and outperforms other solutions, period. How nice do deck tiles really look? Check out this one DIY project video below. The person installing these deck tiles rented this home and filled up his covered porch in just an hour. Since the filming of this how-to install video, he’s actually moved to a new home. And, guess what? He brought his deck with him! Watch the video to see how easy it is to replace an outdoor carpet, replace it with deck tiles, and have a completely captivating new space you can call your own! And, don’t forget to check out our deck tile sale happening now!

Wood Ceiling Planks Bring Elegance & Tradition to Any Porch or Sunroom

Have you ever looked up at your ceiling and felt…anything at all? Odds are, probably not. However, if you are one of the lucky ones who have a home with wood ceilings, you know. You know that sense of warmth and comfort that you get any time you step into that room. There’s just something different about rooms that have a more dynamic aesthetic look to them. It’s not easy to put into words. But, when you have it, you know.

At, we custom mill tongue and groove wood ceiling planks. From our mills here in the United States, we take special care to ensure that every plank is milled carefully as if it were being installed in our own home.

These planks don’t just have to be installed on a ceiling. They make excellent wall paneling, too.

If you’re looking to enhance the look of a covered porch or sunroom, let us help you. Get your free wood ceiling plank quote today.

*Painted ceilings should be constructed with a wood that actually accepts painting such as Poplar. Super dense hardwoods such as Ipe are NOT able to be painted due to the the oily natural properties of the wood rejecting top-coat finishes.

It’s Decktober! Save Now on Deck Tiles, Ipe & Cumaru

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In the spirit of Fall, we’ve dropped the prices on some of our most popular decking products:

  • 24×24 Advantage Ipe Deck Tiles (Smooth)
  • 20×20 Advantage Ipe Deck Tiles (Smooth)
  • 20×20 Advantage Ipe Deck Tiles (Anti-Slip)
  • 1×6 Plus® Advantage Ipe*
  • 5/4×6 Advantage Ipe*
  • 1×6 Plus® Advantage Cumaru*
  • 5/4×6 Advantage Cumaru*

So, if you’ve been looking for a reason to start building or renovating a deck or patio, this is it! Remember, premium grade materials, low shipping costs, and expert customer service is just some of the benefits you receive from buying from us. That’s the Advantage Difference.

To get your free quote, please call 1-877-232-3915, or visit our decking sale page.

*Lower pricing special INCLUDES pregrooved, tongue & groove, shiplap and rainscreen siding profiles.