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Old 03-02-2011, 11:51 AM   #1
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Timbertech vs. Ipe/Cambara

For starters, I am not a DIY'er, but would love to hear from you about an upcoming project - specifically, pricing.

Going to have a deck built. One area will be 16'x16', screened, covered, with railing wrapped around (aluminum) on three sides, fourth side is against the house.

From this area, another deck will be built 19'(w)x22'(d) (width [against the house] x depth [one side against screened area + the other, w/railing]).

No stairs.

The railing will be fortress and whichever decking (for the top and bottom) we decide.

I called a company today and got a price for Ipe/Cambara. For decking (674 sf - Ipe - 5-1/2"w boards), I was quoted $4574. For ceiling in screened area (256 sf Cambara - 5"w boards), $1400. Railing, $1120 (I'm pretty sure this includes all of the deck instead of just 19'x22' linear feet + does not cover fortress). Fasteners, $616. Freight, $480. No labor included.

I'm still waiting on my contractor for the Timbertech pricing.

What do you think about the Ipe/Cambara price and how much should I expect for T.T.?

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Old 03-02-2011, 04:24 PM   #2
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Having worked with Mangaris- an Indonesian hardwood that is similar in density to Ipe- it is incredibly expensive, not to mention very difficult to work with. I would charge 25-50% more to install the Ipe. Because of it's density, it is hard on saw blades and especially hard on drill bits. I lost half dozen bits in the wood on one deck. Also, warping is difficult to control- especially if using it as a skirt (1x10) around deck.

As far as Timbertech, I would expect it to come in around the same price as Trex- which is about $3/foot for a 5/4 board.

Ipe is beautiful. But it must be maintained almost yearly to keep it's beautiful color (oiling every year).

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