How Much Snow Can Ipe Decking Handle?

Ipe Deck and Snow Load
This hot tub and Japanese style pagoda were made of Ipe because of its high strength capabilities.

With Winter right around the corner, many people are asking us about ipe decking’s capacity for snow load.

Since no two decks are the same, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how much snow per square feet it would take to actually distress a deck to the point of breaking. BUT, what we can say for sure is that ipe decking has been ASTM-D143 tested. Ipe wood decking has a maximum bending strength of 22,560 psi (Pounds per square inch)!  your ipe deck might even be stronger  than the frame that supports it!

Or, to put it more simply: The result of these tests reveal that ipe decking is 3 times more durable than cedar decking.

If you already own an ipe deck, you’re probably not even sweating the upcoming winter. And, for good reason. With ipe wood’s high density, tight, interlocking grain, and natural oils, it dries fast and weathers well. Also, when you follow the recommended finishing schedule, (using a deck finish product like Ipe Oil™) you can also have peace of mind knowing that your deck surface will be able to repel water even better than it already does!

When you buy ipe decking from us, you will also get premium grade ipe from the Lapacho species. What does this mean for you? Well, it’s simple:

ALL of our Ipe Decking inventory easily exceeds all existing building code requirements for exterior constructions.

With a maximum bending strength of 22,560 psi (Pounds per square inch), your ipe deck will be stronger…in fact, it will be stronger than the frame that supports it!

Why is this fact important when it comes to snow load?

Snow load is going to be determined by the way the framing structure is built. This is regulated by the building codes set forth by your local Building Departments. These building codes provide a minimum requirement for the strength of the structure. Most people build to the code and some go over board. Without knowing how the framing is done there is no way to tell what the deck will hold.

As with any major home improvement, or renovation project, you want to be certain that you are in compliance with all local building codes. Also choosing a reputable deck builder who has a wide portfolio of completed decks (with satisfied customers) will also go a long way.

Oh, and don’t forget to buy ipe from us, here at, our years of experience, reputation, and low ipe prices will get you well on your way to building your own ipe deck with ease.

Contact Advantage today and get the latest ipe wood prices!

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