Ipe supplier I like = BannerElk Trading
I've read many of the postings to this site about Ipe, but rarely have seen a supplier mentioned. I'm a newbie (i.e., this is my first posting) and I don't know if it is a no-no to mention suppliers who have given good service and good product at a good price. If it is a no-no, I apologize and ask people to stop reading here.
If, on the other hand, it is not a no-no to mention suppliers and if anyone is interested, I found an Ipe supplier with whom I am very pleased. It is BannerElk Trading out of Atlanta (877-909-8575). Our salesman was Bill.
We were preparing to build a 2,000+ sqft deck when our local lumber yard informed us they couldn't supply the Ipe we wanted (n.b., we were ordering 1" x 4" T&G kiln dried to 12%). We had about two weeks to find a replacement supplier.
A frantic search ensued (thank Heavens for the internet). Most suppliers did not have that amount of Ipe in that cut and dimension on hand. Those that did asked between $1.90 to $1.94 per linear foot (n.b., that included delivery).
I finally contacted Bill at BannerElk Trading and he was great though the initial moments of the conversation were unlike any I'd ever had. Bill asked if the Ipe was for an uncovered deck. I told him it was and ... get this ... he said he wouldn't sell me the wood because BannerElk didn't guarantee outdoor use !! (N.b., I finally agreed to sign a waiver.)
Once we got that settled, Bill helped me figure out the lengths we needed, recommended the drill jigs, and other hardware such as stainless steel screws we would need as well as the UV Inhibitor (i.e., Cabots) to apply after the deck was finished. He also sent me two PDF files with detailed installation instructions. Bill had the wood bundled and protected. He even recommended we allow him to find a point-to-point trucker to ship the order to us to reduce the possibility of damage from loading and unloading the wood at various terminals. The result was I don't think we lost a single board to damage. The final cost to me was about $1.87 per linear foot and that included all of the installation tools, hardware, and freight.
I was very appreciative for BannerElkÂs ability to respond on such short notice and for the care Bill took to help ensure the deck would be installed properly and that we would be happy with the results. Consequently, I encourage anyone looking for Ipe at least to give BannerElk a call (877-909-8575) and develop their own conclusions.