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4 Essential Factors to Consider When Building or Replacing a Deck

As a leading provider of exotic hardwoods, Ipe Woods USA understands the importance of creating a deck that not only looks beautiful but also stands the test of time. When replacing or building a new deck, there are several important factors to consider that will ensure you end up with a high-quality and long-lasting outdoor living space.

First, you need to consider the material you want to use for your deck. Ipe Woods USA specializes in the supply of Ipe wood, a dense and durable species that is ideal for decking. Not only does Ipe offer a stunning and unique appearance, but it is also highly resistant to rot, decay, and insect damage.

Second, you need to think about the design of your deck. A well-designed deck should fit your specific needs and complement the style of your home. Whether you want a traditional or contemporary look, Ipe Woods USA can help you create a deck that meets your vision.

Third, it is essential to consider the size and layout of your deck. The size of your deck should be appropriate for your home and the surrounding area, while the layout should be functional and provide ample space for your outdoor activities.

Fourth, you need to consider the cost of building a deck. While a well-built deck can be an investment, finding a balance between cost and quality is essential. Ipe Woods USA offers a wide range of high-quality Ipe wood products at competitive prices to help you keep your costs under control.

Finally, you need to think about the maintenance required for your deck. Ipe wood is known for its low maintenance requirements, but it is still essential to follow proper maintenance guidelines to ensure the longevity of your deck.

When replacing or building a deck, it is essential to consider the material, design, size, cost, and maintenance requirements. Ipe Woods USA can provide you with everything you need to create a beautiful and functional deck that will last many years.

Don’t Compromise Your Deck’s Beauty: The Importance of Choosing the Right Hardware for Exotic Hardwoods

Building a deck with exotic hardwoods like Ipe, Cumaru, and Massaranduba requires careful consideration of the hardware used. Using the right screws, hidden fasteners, and other accessories can ensure the longevity and beauty of your deck. At the same time, the wrong hardware can cause big problems in the future and result in costly repairs or replacements.

Stainless steel screws are a must-have for exotic hardwoods as they are resistant to corrosion and will last longer than regular steel screws. Regular screws can rust over time and leave unsightly stains on the wood, which can be difficult to remove. Furthermore, regular screws can also discolor the wood, detracting from its natural beauty. Using stainless steel screws, you can ensure that your deck will remain protected from the elements and maintain its beauty for many years.

Hidden fasteners are another essential aspect of building a deck with exotic hardwoods. Regular nails and screws can create an unsightly appearance and can also cause the wood to split. Hidden fasteners, on the other hand, allow for a seamless and clean look while also preventing the wood from splitting. They help to protect the deck from water damage and decay by creating a gap between the boards that allows for proper ventilation and water drainage.

Hidden fasteners made specifically for exotic hardwoods, such as Deckwise® Ipe Clips®, are the best options for ensuring a long-lasting and attractive deck. These hidden fasteners are designed to accommodate the expansion and contraction in exotic hardwoods, a unique characteristic of these woods. Using the right hardware will help prevent future problems and ensure that your deck remains beautiful and functional for years to come.

Investing in high-quality hardware is essential for the future success of your deck. While it may cost more upfront, in the long run, it will save you time and money by preventing potential problems and ensuring that your deck remains functional and beautiful. Improper accessories, such as using the wrong hidden fasteners, can cause gaps that make hidden fasteners pop out, leading to either large gaps or no gaps, depending on the climate.

Choosing the right hardware is crucial to ensure the longevity and beauty of your exotic hardwood deck. Don’t compromise on the quality of your hardware. Choose wisely and enjoy your deck for many years to come.

Why You Need Builders Risk Insurance for Any Project 

Why Ipe Woods Recommends Contractors Have Policies to Protect Them and/or Their Customers

Here is a topic that should be at the top of everyone’s list when doing any major project. What is Builders Risk Insurance? Builders Risk Insurance covers your residential or commercial, renovation, or new build, from start to finish. Some of the coverages included are fire, theft of materials, vandalism, and damage to materials in transit. Depending on the property’s location, storm damage, wind, hail, lightning, and high winds can also be covered.  

You may ask why this insurance would be necessary if their general contractor carries insurance. The reason is that the general contractor’s insurance only covers damages due to their work, not the materials or the individual structure/project under construction. We make this recommendation to help ensure the materials we provide are ensured from these types of issues. These policies are on a per-project/location basis and provide added protection for your project, property, and financial investment. 

We recommend New Republic Insurance Services as they are also the company we use. They have promised to give all Ipe Woods USA customers a quick and easy quote that will protect your project for the duration of construction. Most carrier policies can be quoted and started the same day, with the insured receiving proof of insurance within an hour. They specialize in harder-to-place risks, partially completed projects, and high-value projects/properties.

As many of our customers are high net-worth individuals and large companies that can not risk significant delays and just don’t want the potential of having problems on a job site, this is a great way to have peace of mind on a project.

New Republic Insurance Services will work with homeowners, property investors/developers, and contractors. New Republic Insurance Services can provide builders’ risk insurance policies in all 50 states. You can reach them at 818-564-4068 or go to for a quote. 

Please note: This topic is covered due to issues we have seen customers have in the past. This is a great way to ensure your project is successful. We have seen everything from theft of our Ipe and other hardwoods to contractors having life events that prohibited them from working and caused severely delayed projects.


We receive no compensation for this referral, information is only for the benefit of our customers.