- Ipe Decking
Looks Better or Lasts Longer Than Ipe' Hardwood Decks"
is an extremely dense hardwood that is a durable as it is beautiful. The
botanical name for Ipe is Tabebuia Ipe - Lapacho. This Brazilian hardwood
is one of our most preferred woods for decking because of its rich reddish-brown
hue, all-heart grade, exceptional grain pattern and decay resistant properties.
it is highly resistant to scratches, termites, fungi, chemicals and fire.
In fact, Ipe' has a Class A fire rating, similar to concrete or steel.
An Ipe' deck may be sealed to keep it's original rich color or left to
weather to a natural seiver gray. Or one may choose to apply a sealer
or stain to Ipe' in order to retain its exquisite brown color. Sealing
or staining the deck is an appearance options and may add to the overall
life of the deck. Ipe' is available in a variety of sizes including a
raining system. Shown here is the 2 x 6 sculptured handrail with radius
edge top and dadoed subrail to accept 2 x 2 balusters.
is naintenance free. Ipe' decks present a cost savings, spanning further
than composites, softwoods, or most hardwood deck materials. Ipe' is a
highly stable wood too. It resists splintering, twisting, cracking, bowing
or cupping. Any board with this occurrence can usually be eliminated with
proper installation. The grain does not lift like other woods as it weathers.
An incredibly durable hardwood, Ipe' is expected to last 25 or more years.
it will weather the elements and heavy traffic. Ipe' is milled at our
affiliate company, Exman, in Brazil. This ensures consistency in size
dimensions, appearance and quality. Ipe' is expected to last 25 or more
is harvested from well managed sustained yield forests in Brazil. IBAMA
is the regulatory authority which certifies the harvesting and milling
practices within Brazil. Only legally harvested and tagged logs are allowed
to be milled and exported. Ipe' contains no harmful chemicals and can
be used near water without potential contamination. In fact, it is often
used for boat docks. Ipe' is first export quality, air-dried and dimensionally
stable. First export quality refers to the highest grade standard you
can get. Ipe' is air dried wood, arriving in crates on sticks from Brazil.
A small amount of shrinkage may occur as it continues to dry and acclimate
to your particular climate. Ipe' is twice as strong as oak and several
times stronger than softwoods or synthetic deckings. For example: Ipe
1x6 and 5/4 x 6 boards will span 24" and 32" respectively on
center for residential decks. (See the installation guidelines for more
Ipe' dimensional lumber sizes: 1x4 to 1x6, 2x2 to 2x12, 5/4x4 to 5/4x8,
4x4, 6x6 and specified timbers in addition to railing system, plugs and
needed accessory items. Most of the dimensional lumber comes in 8' to
20' length boards.