Ipe/Massaranduba Decking: Pregrooved or Not?

dlowen7861May 10, 2013

I am going to order my fencing/decking this weekend, and am trying to decide between Massaranduba or Ipe. As of right now, I am leaning toward Massaranduba (because it is cheaper) for the fence, and Ipe for the deck. Would greatly appreciatie any thoughts from people who have experience with both--I am under the belief that both types of wood will look nearly idential after one year.

As to the deck, I'd like to achieve a clean look, and am considering pregrooved. I live in southern California, and we don't get much rain. If there was anyway I could, I'd install T & G--I absolutely love that look. But I realize that because the deck isn't covered, I can't. I'd therefore like to achieve a look with the least amount of spacing between boards and least number of visible fasteners--is there any problem going with pregrooved and using a hidden fastener system.

Thanks in advance!

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deviant-deziner(Oh zone)

Just ripped out a 10 year old Ipe deck in Northern California because they tightly butt jointed the deck boards and they cupped . Suggest you leave at least a 1/8 inch to 3/16 inch spacing.

no experience with Massaranduba.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 3:06PM
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SDDIYGuy

Did you buy Massaranduba? I am thinking about building a deck with Massaranduba, and was curious about any problems you had.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 1:33AM
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