Ipe Decking - Fact Vs. Fiction

There are a ton of misconceptions out there about ipe decking in Florida. You may have already heard that composite decking or pine decking is better for deck building in Florida. However, the truth of the matter is that a Florida deck made from ipe will out last and out perform every other kind of decking material out there.

What makes ipe wood so special? Let's compare ipe to composite decking...

Compare Composite Decking to Ipe Decking


Composite Decking Problems

  • Made from low strength plastic made of petroleum (oil)
  • Made from wood fibers, glue, plastics, and a thin sheet of wood on top.
  • Surface is extremely porous, sub surface holds water like a sponge.
  • Has numerous recalls and lawsuits due to injuries caused by rotting boards.
  • Mildew, mold, and fungi prosper.
  • Not resistant to rot and decay.
  • Lots of lawsuits = Hight composite decking prices.


Ipe Decking Florida

  • 100% Natural hardwood
  • 100% Biodegradable
  • We only sell ipe decking from sustainable, government controlled forests in Brazil.
  • Maximum resistance to mold, mildew, & fungus
  • Extremely dense wood means greater life span
  • Requires no maintenance
  • Very stable pricing that is now less expensive

Compare Pressure Treated Decking to Solid Hardwood, Ipe Decking

Here's some of the key differences when comparing ipe decking VS pressure treated decking:

Pressure Treated Deck Ipe Decking
  • Safety. After 10 years in the FL sun, it's likely you'd fall through the pressure treaded deck.
  • It's going to cost many times over what you would save, the very first time you have someone come out to replace even a few boards.
  • After 10 years, the untreated Ipe Decking on the left above stood up to the extreme Florida sun and weather and has 65+ years of life left. Ipe Decking is going to be strong, straight, beautiful and splinter free.
  • You could treat the decking and it would last lots longer and even maintain the ipe deck boards new, dark brown look.


It's clear the Miami Boardwalk spent a little extra on better decking material. Shouldn't you?

Ipe Prices

We sell only the best ipe on the market. If you are considering building a Florida deck, then check out our convenient ipe price quote form and we'll send you a quote right away.