The Lumber Supplier Checklist

If you’re looking for an exotic lumber supplier, you need to choose the best. This checklist will guide you through the process and help you pick a company that can meet all your needs.


Perhaps the first question you need to ask of your lumber supplier is do they have what you need? A company with a huge inventory will not only be able to fill regular orders large and small whenever you need them, they will also have the stock to meet those rare, custom needs.


The next question: is the product any good? The best lumber suppliers will have stringent inspection processes to ensure only the best pieces get shipped to customers. Before purchasing from any company, request a sample, or even ask to inspect their inventory yourself if they have a location nearby.

Milling Capabilities

Whether you’re building a deck, installing a floor, or putting up hardwood siding, you need a lumber supplier that can mill the exact profile your project requires. Make sure they can produce all the standard profiles, but also find out if they can cater to custom needs. Obscure profiles? Unusual lengths? Extra-wide dimensions? The best mills will be able to provide all of these.


A couple of things to look for here. First, is the company importing wood directly from the source? If not, you may be paying extra for a middle-man. Second, is the lumber being harvested and imported legally? A company that imports directly will have more control over this and should be able to provide documentation proving the legality of their product. Finally, does the company have a good relationship with the lumber mills at the source? Strong relationships with foreign mills allow a company to get more, higher-quality lumber for less, and also means the company will have more longevity should you want to come back to them for future projects.


All the above mean nothing if the company ultimately has no idea what it’s doing. Knowledgeable staff will be able to advise you on material requirements and installation instructions. They’ll know how to navigate the legal complexities of the harvest and import processes. With experience also comes a level of customer service you won’t find anywhere else, with an ability to anticipate your concerns and provide answers to all your questions.

So How Do We Stack Up?

Selection? We have the largest inventory of Ipe lumber in the country. Quality? We inspect each board we produce before sending them to customers. Milling? We can custom-mill any profile you need, thanks to the state-of-the-art machinery at each of our locations. Source? Not only do we import directly from Brazil, we actually own the mill in Brazil. We control the entire process, from harvesting to final shipment, so you can rest assured that you’re getting 100% legal timber at the best price. Experience? We’ve been in business for over 20 years and have been chosen for projects ranging from high-profile public works to backyard decks, from celebrity homes to artisan woodworking pieces. If you have any questions, just give us a call!

How does Ipe Compare to Plastic Decking?

Different Colors of PVC Decking

Plastic decking is advertised to be the last and only decking material you’ll ever need. The ads say that you never need to give it maintenance, you never have to sand it, and it will never lose its color. You’ve probably also heard that they come in many tones, and unlike wood, it’s made from recycled materials and therefor it’s good for the environment. All of this sounds great but when you begin digging deeper, you’ll discover that the only way to go is with all natural Ipe.

The truth is, any material placed outdoors requires maintenance. Search online and you’ll see how plastic and wood-plastic composites can develop mold and mildew. Unlike Ipe, the mold you find in synthetic decking isn’t just superficial; it’s rooted in the core of the composite board. Ipe on the other hand, is naturally resistant to mold and decay without any chemical additives. Every material fades, but what is important is how they fade. While plastics will become a dull opaque color riddled with cracks, Ipe ages gracefully to a beautiful silver color without any cracks or structural weakening. Ipe may come from the rainforest, but we work closely with IBAMA, a Brazilian counterpart of the EPA, to develop the best sustainable practices to harvest each tree. Plastics do come from recycled materials, but the boards themselves can’t be recycled and end up in landfills. Ipe is the only true sustainable eco-friendly product in the market.

There is no comparison between plastic and Ipe. Ipe will outlast and outperform any plastic material. The best thing is that its initial and long term costs are in line and often lower than composite materials.

Contact us today to get your free Ipe decking quote.