Often referred to as one of the hardest woods known to man, Ipe will outlast most all other decking products on the market. It's rich and warm appearance is arguably the most attractive decking that exists.
IPE (aka. Ironwood) is one of many commercial names used for the the imposing Lapacho group of trees from the various species of Tabebuia.The trees generally grow from 140 to 150 feet, but some can reach heights of 200 feet. Some other common names for the trees from this group include Bethbara and Lapacho, and a host of names used in the countries where the trees grow. The trees are mostly found in Brazil as well as throughout Central and South America and some of the Lesser Antilles.
IPE'S strong, tough resilient properties make it an excellent material and increasingly popular choice for commercial/residential decking and outdoor furniture. It is prized for its stability, durability, strength and natural resistance to decay, wet conditions, and infestation by termites and borers. It is available in long lengths and relatively easy to season. Ipe has a Class A fire rating, the same rating given to concrete and steel.
Ipe's heartwood is olive brown to black and usually features striping. The sapwood is much lighter, usually white or yellow. It's extreme density makes it difficult to cut and plane. High quality Carbide tipped blades are recommended when cutting. Pre-drilling is highly recommended when surface fastening to minimize checking.
Why should you build your deck with Ipe Decking?
Ipe has benefits that make it the world's premier decking material. With genuine beauty and durability, your ipe deck will stand up to harsh climates and resist problems such as insect damage, mold, & decay. Is it any wonder why architects and designers across the world feature ipe wood in many high-end homes and applications?
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