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We are considering making 7" wide deck boards, rather than 5" wide. You guys with tons of experience any idea what people's response would be. Do customers want wider or narrower deck boards? What about builders which would you prefer?

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Several years ago did a house where the owner owned a Redwood mill. He supplied most of the material including 2x8 rwd decking. It was relieved on the back side like flooring. I liked the look of the wider board. Depending on what material you are using & kiln dry or air dry I would be concerned about cupping.

Will be curious to see what the deck specialists have to say.
 

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I have seen it used for top cap on rails quite a bit & have torn off 2x8 decking on re-skin jobs, but have never installed 2x8's. The ipe suppliers here keep 5/4x8's in stock for decking so someone must be using it.
 

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I have seen it used for top cap on rails quite a bit & have torn off 2x8 decking on re-skin jobs, but have never installed 2x8's. The ipe suppliers here keep 5/4x8's in stock for decking so someone must be using it.
We use the 8" ipe for stair risers only. I would be concerned with cupping issues, using it for decking. Plus it costs way more per board foot, then the more standard 6" ipe.
 

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We use the 8" ipe for stair risers only. I would be concerned with cupping issues, using it for decking. Plus it costs way more per board foot, then the more standard 6" ipe.
I'll use a combination of 6" and 8" Ipe to make stair treads sometimes. There has been some cupping, very, very minor, but yes it will happen even with Ipe.
 

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We use the 1x8 only for risers. Any horizontal application I would stick with the 6" especially low to ground. A deck has to breath and I have seen enough low Ipe decks that have cupping. Anything lower than 2' we start installing vents and or go with 1x4. This is based on screwing and plugging the deck. Using clips or bisquits I would probably give tail light warrranty. :laughing:
 

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I've done 2x4 & 2x6 decking before. There's a pic of a big commercial job I did like that on my site, but it was so sunny when I took the pic there's glare on the decking. I kinda liked the looks, but more screwing.
 
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