Ipe is a Brazilian hardwood that is unmatched in strength and durability. It is reddish brown in color and can be finished with a penetrating oil to maintain its warm beauty for many years. It can also be installed unfinished and allowed to age gracefully to a silver gray patina that will require very little maintenance. Ipe is so durable that it was used as the deck surface of the world famous Atlantic City Boardwalk and has performed well for over a quarter of a century. When beauty, durability and low maintenance are important, Ipe is a top choice.
Ipe is an excellent choice for porches, sun decks, boardwalks, piers, benches and outdoor structures of all types.
- Ipe is very hard and very resistant to splitting and splintering making it ideal for high traffic deck and porch surfaces. It is 5x harder than a softwood deck.
- Ipe is highly resistant to rot, decay and insect damage and requires no chemical treatment.
- Ipe’s high strength allows wider spans with minimal deflection.
- Ipe is heavy, dense, tight-grained, strong and tough.
- Decks manufactured from Ipe can last 40 years or longer easily outperforming treated softwood.
- Ipe is air seasoned for dimensional stability. Wood movement is minimal after proper acclimation at the construction site.
- Ipe can be finished with penetrating oil or left natural to age to a silver patina.
- A yearly cleaning and occasional reapplication of oil will keep your deck beautiful for many years.
- Ipe has a class A fire rating.
- Ipe is available in 1”, 5/4” and 2” nominal thicknesses and 4” and 6” widths. Other sizes available on special order basis.
- Ipe is available with a sanded face.
- Our Ipe is sourced from well managed, sustained yield forests. Brazilian government harvest standards are strictly adhered to.