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: Continue reading
If you’re just starting to think about building an ipe deck, Advantage Trim & Lumber has a very handy “How To Install Ipe Decking” guide. This guide is simple, easy to follow, and will make your ipe deck installation a smooth and successful one.
If you’ve done your research, you may have come across some true horror stories. I’ve even received emails from people who had many problems after their deck was finished. The unfortunate thing is, that many people, in an effort to save money, don’t use the very best and most reputable deck builders, or they don’t do enough homework. At Advantage, we want to make sure that if you’re going to spend your hard earned money on this kind of home improvement project that it gets done right the first time! After all, building a deck is serious business. It can add thousands to your property value and also gives you and your friends and family a new way to enjoy the outdoors.
Now that winter is arriving, now may be the best time to build. Why? Think about it. After winter, wouldn’t you want a place to rest, relax and enjoy the weather right away? If you wait until Spring, you’ll waste those beautiful cool nights that could be spent outdoors (BEFORE the mosquitoes or other insects come around!).
If you’re shopping around for the best ipe decking prices, look no further than the ipe decking sale at Advantage Trim & Lumber! We are running some great deals on PREMIUM grade ipe as well as Tigerwood and Cumaru. Now is the time to take advantage of hardwood prices that are this low!
As a national importer of lumber and hardwood, Advantage Trim & Lumber is committed to providing exceptional customer service.
Here’s what you can expect from the nation’s leading ipe decking distributor:
- Low ipe decking prices
- Great decking sales
- Convenient office hours
- Knowledgeable staff
- An extensive inventory of:
- Hardwood decking
- Hardwood flooring
- Hardwood Siding
You can contact us via phone whether you have a simple question or need to get a quote on decking materials like ipe decking. Our team lives and breathes hardwood materials and actually enjoy helping people. We feel that in order to provide good customer service, you can’t just say, it. You have to back it up. Check out what people have been saying with some ipe decking reviews.
We offer convenient office hours so people from Miami, FL to Seattle, WA can contact an hardwood expert to get their questions answered.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Great news! Ipe price comparisons are showing that, due to the volatile cost of oil, ipe prices are now more affordable than most composite decking and other synthetic decking materials.
How did ipe prices get this competitive?
It’s simple math. Composite decking uses polyurethane as a core ingredient. Polyurethane is a plastic derived from oil. And, due to the rapid overall rise of a barrel of oil, plastics and all other oil-based products have also risen. So, when you go to a large retailer and they tell you that composite decking is cheaper than ipe decking, you can tell them that is not the case any longer!
Ipe decking prices are not only better than most composite decking, but ipe decking in itself is also leagues better in terms of quality, health, and overall enjoyment!
Why? Continue reading
Now more than ever, homeowners are looking at their home and thinking,
“With the housing market the way it is, we may be at this home for much longer than we thought. Is now the time to build a deck or do a room addition?”
In short, the answer may be “Yes!”
After all, if you are choosing rethink the length in which you and your family will occupy their home, then why not make the most of your time there?
There are many practical factors that you may not be aware which will make the decision to build a deck much easier… Continue reading
GREAT NEWS! Ipe decking is now more affordable than most composite decking. For a while, this was not the case. However, since the price of oil is so volatile, the cost of composite decking materials have risen substantially.
Why is this the case?
Because composite decking uses polyethylene and polyethylene is made from oil. So, there’s no getting around it, because composite decking has a core ingredient that is tied to such a volatile commodity, anyone looking to build a deck with composite decking may have to spend a lot more than their budget calls for. A lot more!
What do you do now?
It’s time to consider ipe decking. Simply put, when you do a apples to apples comparison, ipe is far superior to composite decking.
Here are the facts to consider when comparing ipe to composite decking: Continue reading
Ipe (pronounced EE-pay) is an exotic hardwood that is used for decking, flooring, and a host of many other applications. Ipe has many names and is also known as Brazilian Walnut, Amapa, Cortez, Guayacan polvillo, and many others. Ipe also gets misspelled in various different ways such as epi, epay, and eepay. Regardless of the name (or the spelling), ipe is gaining greater recognition and notoriety over other famous hardwoods such as teak. One of the main reasons why ipe decking has such a good reputation is because of its density. Ipe is so dense that a single piece of it will actually sink in water. So, while ipe may not be the best wood to use on a yacht, it certainly is perfect for a deck.
One test that is utilized to measure the hardness of woods like ipe and teak is the Janka Hardness Scale. This test measures the force required to push a small steel ball into the wood about halfway. In fact, when tested with the Janka Hardness Scale, ipe was proven to be three times as strong as teak. Continue reading