Deckwise® Ipe Clip® vs Camo® Clips – Best Ipe Hidden Fastener/Clip Battle

We get a lot of people asking about hidden clip systems for their Ipe Decking. There are a lot of options out there but two of the most popular are Deckwise® Ipe Clip® and Camo® Clips. Ipe Woods USA typically recommends the Camo® clips because they are faster to install, this is because it requires no predrilling. If you are looking for a tighter spacing the Deckwise® Ipe Clip® does have a tighter gap spacing option available. However, the tighter the gap spacing you do the more concerned you should be about ventilation.  If you do not have prime open ventilation more airflow is better. For complete installation recommendations please visit our installation page.

  Camo® Clips Deckwise® Ipe Clip®
Predrilling Required? No Yes
Screws Directly into Joist? Yes No (requires going through wood)
Used with pregrooved boards only? Yes Yes
Gap Space 1/4″ 1/4” or 3/32”
Screw Type Stainless Stainless
Warranty Limited Lifetime Warranty Limited Warranty

Camo® Clips

  • Screw directly into joist(s)
  • For use with pre-grooved boards only
  • Require no pre-drilling in Ipe
  • Faster Installation than methods requiring pre-drilling
  • Talons provide grip into the Ipe

Ipe Clip® by Deckwise®

  • Requires pre-drilling in the edge of each Ipe board on every clip
  • For use with pre-grooved boards only
  • Screws go through Ipe into joist(s)
  • Warranty must be registered within 45 days of purchase

New Alternative to Conventional Hidden Fasteners

While the popularity of hidden fasteners doesn’t seem to be diminishing anytime soon. The new Camo® Edge Fastening System is not only much less expensive but also is a good intermediary between face screwing and hidden clips. It also requires no pre-drilling!

So how can you not have to pre-drill a screw when using Ipe? Check out this video:

Disclaimer: Ipe Woods USA is not affiliated with Deckwise® or Ipe Clip® nor a Deckwise® Authorized Dealer.

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