IN STOCK! Ipe and Cumaru 1×4 (3/4″ x 3 1/2″) Tongue and Groove!
Beautiful. Durable. Natural. Affordable.
How is T&G Porch Decking Different from Regular Decking?
Board Spacing– Standard decking sizes (for Brazilian Hardwoods) are 1×6, 5/4×6 and 1×4. These boards are installed with a minimum of 1/8″ spacing. This allows water to run between the boards. Since porches have roofs and in some cases, are screened in, only slight blowing rain will ever reach the deck. This opens up the opportunity to use Tongue and Groove boards, that fit tightly together (about 1/16″ gap, to allow for expansion and contraction). You should never use T&G products for open/exposed decks. It does not allow the water to drain properly.
Butt Joints and Waste- Another great benefit of using a T&G product is, the joints do not need to meet on a joist. Standard deck boards must meet on a joist so the ends are fastened down. The interlocking nature of T&G allows for each board to support the adjacent boards. All butt joints will already be supported by it’s tongue and groove neighbors. This means that you’ll have less waste because you’re not cutting boards to make sure the joints fall on joists. A fabulous benefit! It should also go without saying that, they shouldn’t necessarily be full-length boards. If a deck is an extension of a home, then a porch is even more so! This said, your porch T&G should match your interior flooring in that, the butt joints will be varied/randomized.
Why Would You Use Tongue and Groove instead of Standard Decking?
Tongue and groove boards are installed much more tightly than Standard Decking. It is more similar to interior flooring. This makes the space feel more like an extension of the home than an exterior deck. There is nothing wrong with using standard decking on a covered porch, but it can be preferable to differentiate between two areas, a deck and a porch, by using a T&G product in the porch.
What are the Standard Sizes of T&G Porch Decking?
Lengths can vary from 6-16′. The thickness of T&G Porch Deccking is 3/4″. Widths can vary, but in our experience, 3″-4″ works best, from a system performance perspective. Any narrower and the labor gets tedious. Any wider and you might be at risk for boards bunching or buckling. We currently offer BEAUTIFUL 3.5″ Tongue and Groove in both Ipe and Cumaru.
Is T&G More Expensive than Standard Decking?
The short answer is, yes, but not much. The added cost is really just because the boards are milled into that particular profile. The price difference between Standard Decking and Porch T&G is usually marginal, on standard-sized porches.
How is Porch T&G Decking Installed?
The installation of T&G porch decking involves pre-drilling holes into the top of the Tongue and driving a screw into this hole, through the board, into the joist. We also recommend the use of subfloor adhesive between the T&G board and the joist. Many contractors have found success using a standard nail gun, instead of screws, but precautions must be taken to maintain the 1/16″ board spacing. This is very important. There is a very detailed instruction document on our website.
Can Brazilian Hardwood Porch T&G Be Used as Flooring?
Yes, absolutely! Brazilian Wood Depot carries standard Ipe Flooring of 5″ board widths, but those boards only range from 1′-7′. By utilizing Porch T&G, you’ll be using boards that are a minimum of 6′, up to 16′. We call that, “Plank Flooring”. Plank Flooring typically lacks the T&G on the ends of the boards, this would also be true in using Porch T&G as interior flooring. Any experienced floor installer will know what to do with these boards that lack the “end matched” T&G feature.
Are there any other uses for T&G Porch Decking?
YES! T&G Porch Decking is VERY versatile in the ways that it can be used. Many customers use this product to cover their ceilings, interior or exterior. Others use it for interor or exterior (with a roof) walls. Both of these applications are fabulous uses of this product and result in absolutely stunning projects! There are a few specific limitations to consider before using T&G products this way, but most of the time the limitations are easy to overcome.
Cumaru 3.5″ T&G
Ipe 3.5″ T&G – Courtesy of, M. Ginn
Cumaru 3.5″ T&G – Historical Home Renovation; Courtesy of, AML Woodworks – Alan Lieberman
The Goal of Brazilian Wood Depot is to maintain a reliable supply of the highest quality hardwood decking, railings, siding lumber, fasteners, finishes and technical support to suppliers, contractors and home owners looking for the best products at the best prices. We certify our quality lumber with the RealWood™ tag and stand behind our best choice fasteners, finishes and accessories as being the highest quality products for the task at the best price.
*Hardwood finish application required for color maintenance but not to maintain durability.
We have a 14 year old IPE deck. It’s never been cleaned. I watched the “How to” videos and my deck looks almost new. I went into the shop to buy oil for the deck - people were friendly and very helpful. I highly recommend this place if… More you have any decking needs. The label on the wax cracked me up ;-)
IPE from Brazilian Wood Depot transformed my home!
Highly recommend the Brazilian hardwood rain screen siding from Brazilian Wood Depot.
Sam was awesome to work with. The wood arrived perfectly packaged and in my case, earlier than promised.… More It was also easy to install.
As you can see from the photos, I covered up some of the red brick that I hated with IPE and painted the rest. I get tons of compliments on the wood features.
Sam, I want to thank you for the care your crew showed while loading my order. Your attention to my questions as well as making sure I would not have any problems getting home with the decking is deeply appreciated. I have come to expect… More this from your company over the years. Yes, I am very pleased with all of my purchases over the past several years.
Ordered few thousand lf of cumaru from sam (who's super helpful ) at brazillian wood depot. I had watched his videos online and found them informative, that they had a sizable google review and an establishment address not a townhome… More (like some other similar named online sites) I felt comfortable ordering from them and getting shipped to florida. Sam answered every question, email, and couldn't be happier with how helpful everyone was and the product received looks better than even the top of the line hot, weak composite samples i had piled up here. You can't beat the real look and feeling of wood, depending on your needs of course. Did i mention they got this order out weeks faster than the other big guys could? and actually seemed enthusiastic about making a sale.. Yeah...I recommend you use bwdepot like i did, i'll be ordering again soon.
Drove from Dallas Texas to meet with Eric and Sam about Ipe in-person. Very knowledgeable team, great customer service 5 stars don't do these guys justice. The patience and understanding of what it takes for job/ matiral alternative… More methods. The problem solving on this team is impressive to say the least. Can't thank you guys enough. Skip the brokers guys call Brazilian wood depo.
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I manage a brand new apartment community in Gwinnett County and we have a HUGE sundeck behind the pool overlooking a lake. The deck was built with Tiger Wood from Brazilian Wood Depot and is BEAUTIFUL. I have reached out several times… More with care questions and Sam was quick to respond and extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I definitely recommend them for any of your specialty wood needs.
We had a wonderful experience with BWD. We are adding a deck on the back of our house made of tigerwood and ipe. I had the displeasure of attempting to do business with one of BWD’s largest competitors. For at least 4 months I was strung… More along and mislead (if not outright lied to). I could write a novel about my frustrations with them. I finally gave up and luckily stumbled across BWD online. I emailed them and gave them a call and it was like a breath of fresh air. They were actually friendly and helpful....what a novel idea. My order was fairly complicated and they took the time to go over each and every piece with me. The cherry on the top was when I asked how soon I could get the wood....expecting weeks, if not months. From the time I made the call until it was delivered to my house was two weeks...and it was that long only because of the Thanksgiving holiday. The wood was carefully packed and delivered safely to my driveway exactly when they said they would. The quality of the wood is second to none and I can’t wait to see the finished deck. I can definitely recommended BWP and will not hesitate to use them for future projects!
My wife and I had been planning to add a deck to our home for the past eight years. Our modest country home is located on ten acres in West Central Georgia literally in site of Pine Mountain ridge. Since retiring in 2013, we began in… More earnest planning our deck. Our primary objective was a deck that would require minimum maintenance and be as durable as possible, and affordable. We had settled on the most popular composite decking, despite the extravagant cost of materials.
Our contractor voiced as an option using Brazilian hardwood decking and suggested a vendor website to allow us to begin our research. The vendor had several mill sites in the US with the closest being in North Carolina. They were very accommodating and sent us quotes and samples. My research on even the best composites made me even more skeptical as to their longterm durability. Material cost for the best composites was 25-50% higher than the Brazilian hardwood we eventually settled on using on our 600+ sq.ft. deck with pergola. We took advantage of the offer to drop in anytime to visit Brazilian Wood Depot in Duluth, GA, choosing this vendor over the initial one due to it being 90 miles away. A kind staff member put us in personal contact with Mr. Sam Hoover within five minutes. Sam was as knowledgeable, kind, patient and as accommodating with our many questions and requests as any warehouse vendor I have ever experienced. He showed us their warehouse organization, cut us samples for decking and railing, discussed delivery options and made us very much at home. He even removed samples stored on the roof to demonstrate fading potential since we initially favored grey decking. We were so impressed with our hour+ visit, we knew when we left that if the price was reasonable, the Depot would be our choice of vendors. Subsequent phone conversations on pricing and delivery with Sam’s father Eric made us even more confident in our vendor. Within two weeks, we had selected our species of hardwood, received very professional and well documented quotes and installation instructions, and had our materials on site to begin the project.
We cannot say enough positive as to the most professional and kind, accommodating service we received from everyone associated with the Brazilian Wood Depot. This was our contractors first experience with hardwood decking using hidden clips. They build new homes with decks using either treated pine or composite materials. Like many homeowners, they have become less enchanted with the environmentally challenging and high maintenance treated decking. Long-term durability issues and hot surface temps, not to mention escalating cost have made composites less attractive for the investment. Even with the installation learning curve, they joined us in praising the finished product... both the beauty, structural integrity and promise for long-term durability.
After three months of joyful use, we are pleased to say the experience of working with the Depot, the craftsmanship of our contractor and the finished results have ALL far exceeded our expectations. I am confident as well that this business will continue to thrive in the Atlanta area and grow in more rural settings like Harris County. Thanks to all and may your business continue to serve communities all over Georgia and the Southeast in all their hardwood needs.
Sam and Eric are extremely knowledgeable about all hardwood Brazilian wood decking and siding. The Ipe decking quality they showed is of the highest grade, and they are responsible Eco-friendly suppliers. Anyone who demands excellence and… More upscale decking, I recommend to Brazilian Wood Depot without hesitation. Excellent products, and responsive customer service.
I ordered a large quantity of Ipe wood from these guys and I was very pleased with it. I placed the order and it was ready when we got there to pick it up. They made special arrangements to meet us because we were unable to get there… More during normal business hours. I greatly appreciated their service.
We are repeat customers of Brazilian Wood Depot. They have supplied the ipe wood boards and the 2' square ipe deck tiles for a bridge and two rooftop terraces for our residential building. The beauty of the wood is unsurpassed. The… More owners have been exceptionally helpful with advice about installing and caring for their products. I recommend this company without hesitation.
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I highly recommend them for all your exotic Woods, and all the products that keeps them looking beautiful.
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We are general contractors that have used Brazilian Hardwood Depot. We have enjoyed working with Eric and his teams products for a while now and are very happy with his customer service, selection and pricing. We look forward to using them… More again on our next project