Deckwise® Ipe Clip® vs Camo® Clips vs EdgeClip™ vs EB-TY® – 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 some of the most popular are EdgeClip™, Deckwise® Ipe Clip®, EB-TY®, and Camo® Clips.

Ipe Clip® and EB-TY® seem to have nearly identical stainless steel centers. However, the EB-TY® seems to be longer and thus holding the board further. This seems to give the EB-TY® an advantage. Primarily because it can relieve pressure on the material. This becomes even more important on thinner materials such as 1×6 and 5/4×6 making it less likely to break the wood over time due to a larger area of the pressure being distributed.

Ipe Clip and EB-TY Identical Stainless Steel
Ipe Clip® and EB-TY® seemingly identical stainless steel centers.
Ipe Clip and EB-TY Clip
EB-TY® is longer to hold more of your grooved boards and prevent board breaking and joist from weathering beneath.

Ipe Woods USA up until June 2019 had recommended the Camo® clips and Edgeclips because they are faster to install, this is because it requires no predrilling. But as times change so do clips and now we are recommending the EB-TY®.  Not only is it strong, but it also installs fast and covers the joist from weathering below.  It also secures through the board creating a tighter bond between the joist, board, and clip. It is a real win for contractors and customers alike. Not only that but it installs with a 3/16″, 1/4″ and 3/32″ gap spacing making it tight but allowing for air flow. 

If you are looking for a tighter spacing the EB-TY® and Deckwise® Ipe Clip® both have a 3/32″ gap spacing option. 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® EdgeClip™ EB-TY®
Predrilling Required? No Yes No Yes
Screws Directly into Joist? Yes No (requires going through wood) Yes No
Used with pregrooved boards only? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gap Space 1/4″ 1/4” or 3/32” 3/16″ 3/16″, 1/4″, 3/32″
Screw Type Stainless Stainless Stainless Stainless
Warranty Limited Lifetime Warranty Limited Warranty Limited Lifetime Warranty  

EB-TY® Simpson Strong-Tie

  • Requires pre-drilling in the edge of each Ipe board on every clip
  • For use with pre-grooved boards or must slot at each joist
  • Screws go through Ipe into joist(s)


  • Installs fastest of any clip
  • Comes with the guide tool
  • Up to 88% stronger than leading competitors
  • Cost less than leading competitors
  • Installs up to 5 times faster than leading competitors
  • Screws into joist
  • Works with pre-grooved boards

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  EB-TY®, Deckwise® or Ipe Clip® nor a Deckwise® Authorized Dealer.

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