IPE wood decking

For a truly refined, natural-looking and long-lasting outdoor living space, many homeowners opt for Ipe wood decking. Otherwise referred to as Brazilian Walnut (and pronounced ‘ee-pay’), Ipe is ideally suited for deck construction.

IPE decking – your ideal material for deck construction

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  • Unmatched Experience in Toronto Deck Building Industry
  • Specializating in Low Maintenance Decking and Ipe Wood Decks

What are the benefits of ipe decking?

If you have a classy outdoor space in mind and would prefer to build with wood, Ipe decking is certainly the best choice for you. There are many advantages to selecting this species of wood:


Ipe trees grow in the intense climate of Central and South America. As a result, Ipe is one of the world’s densest species of wood and is the strongest natural wood decking material. It is six times harder and three times stronger than cedarwood, another popular choice for timber decking.
When exposed to the elements, Ipe expands, contracts and cracks less than other wood alternatives – this means fewer splinters and safer surfaces for children and pets to enjoy, even after years of weathering! For the harsh Toronto weathers, Ipe really is the ideal choice.

Fire resistance

Thanks to its density, Ipe wood has a very low flame-spread rating – the same fire rating as steel and concrete, earning it the nickname ‘ironwood’! This makes it a suitable decking material even in areas prone to wildfires, and ensures that a barbecue accident won’t spell disaster for your deck.

nsect resistance

Ipe wood contains a high concentration of oil, which not only combats moisture damage but helps to repel insects from infesting your deck, eliminating the need to treat your outdoor living space with harmful insecticides.

Low heat retention

In comparison to other wood, composite or PVC decking alternatives, Ipe wood retains less heat – your deck will be pleasant to walk on even on the warmest and sunniest days.


The lush, warm tone of Ipe wood is one of its key selling points and suits the colour palette of any house. As an organic material, Ipe’s hues range from yellow- or red-brown to dark brown with some natural striping. An added benefit of Ipe oil is the lustre it brings to your deck. What’s more, Ipe wood’s beauty is long lasting!

Over time your Ipe deck’s warm patina will weather to a silvery grey colour due to sunlight. If you wish to preserve the original hue then you should treat the wood with a UV coating after cleaning it. If your Ipe deck has already acquired its silver patina, the original colour can be restored with pressure washing, a light sanding and a wood brightening product.

Natural feel

Of course, this is a key benefit of installing an Ipe deck. Even premium-quality composite or PVC decks cannot mimic the solid, natural feel of authentic wood.

Low maintenance

Generally, wood decking is known for being high-maintenance – requiring annual staining, sanding, painting and sealing which is both time consuming and expensive. After its initial sealing, Ipe wood decking requires only an annual oiling and washing with a bleach-based cleaner. With minimal maintenance your Ipe deck can comfortably last for at least 40 years, and over 100 years if properly installed and looked after.

What are the drawbacks of ipe decking?

  • Difficult to modify

    Because of its hardness and density, it is difficult to cut and drill Ipe wood. This makes hiring a professional Ipe decking installer even more important, as they have the specialist tools and expertise to build your deck efficiently and safely. What’s more, the oils that give Ipe wood its gorgeous hue make it difficult to paint or stain. But this generally isn’t a problem as Ipe wood’s natural colour is so distinctive.

  • Weight

    In comparison to other natural wood decking choices such as cedar, redwood or treated pine, Ipe wood is twice as heavy. But this shouldn’t be a problem if you hire Ipe deck builders – they will be responsible for the heavy lifting, leaving you to enjoy your new deck!

  • Cost

    For homeowners considering Ipe wood decking, cost can be a downside: Ipe wood decks are priced around 30% more than other species of wood. However, you get what you pay for. What you spend in upfront costs, you make back in overall maintenance and longevity. A cheaper wood deck will damage more quickly, driving you to spend more on upkeep and to replace the deck sooner.


Ipe wood isn’t just suitable for backyard decking.
It can also be used to build:

  • Privacy screens and fences
  • Pergolas and gazebos
  • Heavy duty floors
  • Cladding and decorative walls
  • Handrails and balusters
  • Posts and columns

With so many different uses, Ipe wood is fantastic for creating a larger-scale project for a residential or commercial property which is harmonious with your decking.

Toronto IPE decking design & build services

Ipe is a precious and desirable natural decking material, yet it is complex to work with. For the safest and most beautiful Ipe wood decking, installation should be carried out by a certified builder – whether for a residential terrace or a large-scale commercial decking project.

An Ipe contractor will help you to conceptualise your dream deck with the assistance of professional designers and architects, do all the heavy lifting and sawing, ensure that your deck is installed according to building regulations, and be responsible for the initial maintenance, sanding and oiling etc. Then your Ipe deck will be all ready to enjoy!

IPE decking contractor toronto (gta)

If you’re in the Greater Toronto Area and looking for a service to install your Ipe wood decking, then Delta Decks would be proud to help you. We are the largest installer of Ipe decks in Ontario, and since 2005 our expert team of talented carpenters, designers and engineers has built more than 100 Ipe wood decks.

We carry our own full inventory of Ipe decking to make sure we have the best product quality and availability to service our clients. Visit our showroom to browse Ipe wood samples, check out our portfolio of Ipe decking, or contact us today for a quote!

Questions & Answers

  • Ipe is a hardwood species that grows in Central and South America (it is also known as Brazilian Walnut). Thanks to its density, durability, moisture resistance and beauty, Ipe is the undoubted leader of all wood decking materials – and the industry standard that all other lumber decking is compared to.

  • Ipe is one-third more expensive than cedar, but is certainly worth the extra upfront cost. Whereas a cheaper deck will need to be replaced in just a few years, an Ipe deck can last for at least 40 years. Thanks to its gorgeous natural colour Ipe wood doesn’t need any painting or staining, although we recommend oiling.

  • Ipe wood is one of the densest, hardest and strongest wood species. It doesn’t scratch, is resistant to mould, moisture and insect damage, and is fire resistant. Thanks to all this, Ipe decking can last up to a century if properly maintained!

  • Here are some Ipe maintenance tips from the professionals:

    Never use film-forming coatings
    Don’t apply finish using a sprayer
    Use penetrating oils, but don’t overuse them and make sure to wipe off the excess
    Make sure the wood finish has been applied on all four sides and dried before installing the deck
    Remember: even though Ipe is the best hardwood choice, it will not stay beautiful forever without maintenance

  • We would recommend maintenance at least once a year to keep your Ipe deck beautiful and safe for years to come. Even better, maintain your deck in the spring and in the autumn to prepare it for the coming seasons and ensure that the wood maintains its gorgeous colour.

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Read Our Client Reviews

You probably heard a saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”, we think that a satisfied client is worth a thousand pictures!

Delta Decks has a very high customer satisfaction rate and we are not afraid of giving an option to a potential client to contact any of our 20 very recent clients! Please read some testimonials below. Please note these testimonials were not gathered by Delta Decks, but by a third party.


Aug. 17, 2022

Toronto, On

Delta Decks did a beautiful job on our backyard deck and patio. Our old deck was in dire need of a rebuild and refresh. Elgi was great in getting the project started and Dimitri and his team were amazing to work with throughout the project. They were extremely customer focused and detail oriented, even suggesting improvements that we had not considered. I would highly recommend this company.


Jul. 22, 2022

Toronto, ON

Delta Decks replaced my very worn old wood deck with a mineral based/pvc ‘Deckorators’ product, color ‘Costa’. Finding a taupe color was a challenge but this came close to the rest of the wood decks I still have and I did not like the grays of most other products. They did an excellent job.

Dominic in Toronto

Jul. 21, 2022

Toronto, ON

I am very satisfied with the improvements that Delta Decks made to my 12 year old deck. From my first contact with Elgi, the project manager ,to the final clean up of the jobsite I could not ask for better treatment. All my pre job questions were thoroughly answered and the advice given improved the final look of my deck. The 3 man job crew was terrific. Each of them was very professional and very conscientious. They made me feel that they wanted me to be very satisfied with their work. They answered any questions I had and they did a very good job of cleaning up before they left. A job well done.


Jul. 11, 2022


This review has been a long time coming. We had Elgi and team come in on September 2021 and after some talks about designs and materials we ended up going with a Fiberon deck. His crew was polite, neat and worked very quickly. The deck looks beautiful and the lighting on the stairs really compliments the design. Thanks so much Elgi & team, It was a pleasure working with you!

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Santo DodaroSanto Dodaro
23:23 26 Sep 23
We are completely satisfied with our new Fiberon composite deck with Fortress railing. This was a turn-key project, led by Elgi (project manager) and the working team (Vlad & Alex), The attention to detail and workmanship exceeded our expectations.Overall - amazing value and a pleasure to do business with !
Scott DowdingScott Dowding
14:03 29 Apr 23
Very friendly and helpful staff.
Nicolai VaganovNicolai Vaganov
02:34 29 Apr 22
Great company, they can design and build most complex outside woodwork!Crew guys, especially Alex and Vlad are carpentry artists. Highly recommended!
ZiJi HuangZiJi Huang
16:11 25 Apr 22
Recently had a very pleasant interaction with the team at Delta Decks. I am planning to build a pool deck and Alex is handling the entire process with a great attention to detail. I have very specific needs for installers, and Alex was easy to work with, professional and delivered things on time. I am confident the project will be done impeccably and on an agreed price.
Diana YungDiana Yung
02:03 06 Nov 21
Elgi and his team were wonderful! Elgi is very knowledgeable and he didn't try to upsell us. He understood our needs, gave us good advice and we didn't feel pressured. He was very responsive and accommodating. The craftsmanship on the deck is excellent and we can't be more happy with how it turned out. Covid had caused some delays but the project was still completed within a reasonable time. Overall we were very happy using Delta Decks.
Vlad ApanovitchVlad Apanovitch
20:52 29 Jan 21
We have used Delta Decks to build a number of our decks. They work with Ipe decking, composite decks. Very attentive to details, they obtain permits and finish the job on time and on budget. Highly recommend.
Sam K.Sam K.
13:20 03 Oct 20
We are very happy with our new deck completed by Delta decks. From the first consultation with Elgi, our project manager we were very impressed with the professionalism and advice we received for the initial design of the deck. We then went to their spectacular showroom where we were able to pick from the several different options of colors and materials. The deck was completed with high attention to detail, and excellent workmanship. The two carpenters, Alex and Alex completed the job on time and on budget with no issues whatsoever. Several design changes were suggested along the way, and constant contact by Elgi ensured the final project was better than what we could have ever imagined. Their price was also very reasonable, after consulting with several deck builders we're so glad we went with Delta decks and highly recommend them!