Ipe Decking from Brazilian Wood Depot. Real wood with unsurpassed durability and beauty. It’s naturally resistant to rot and decay and virtually maintenance free.*
Ipe is considered as the highest quality, best natural wood decking material on the market today. Ipe lumber is one of our most popular and high quality choices we stock at Brazilian Wood Depot. On this page, you’ll learn more about Ipe wood decking, the benefits it provides and other useful information to help get you started.
Benefits of Ipe Decking
Ipe wood, which is also known alternately as Brazilian Walnut, Diamond Decking, Ironwood or Pau lope, is extremely durable and sturdy, with a Janka hardness of 3680. That’s three times the strength of a typical plastic-composite decking, while providing all of the aesthetic benefits of a natural, beautiful wood deck. Ipe is considered as an exotic hardwood. It is naturally resistant to rot and decay and 8 times harder than California Redwood.
That strength comes in part through its density. Did you know that Ipe is so heavy that it will sink in water? It is. Importantly, it has a class A fire rating, which is amazingly the same rating as concrete. Ipe provides a safe and long-lasting choice.
Ipe is so durable and can last for more than 75 years. Consider this: if you love it in grey then it would need zero maintenance. It is also naturally resistant to bugs and so dense that even termites can’t infest it. In fact, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory gives it the highest rating possible for termite resistance. It is thought that Ipe wood requires lower maintenance than composite materials. It is naturally resistant to mold and fungi.
Ipe, well known for its natural beauty, features a tight grain with pronounced patterns with few to zero visible knots. Ipe is striking enough to be used for beautiful artistic projects within the home, such as high quality cabinets or interior trim, which provides a rare combination considering its strength and durability which easily serves larger commercial needs as well.
Ipe hardwood lasts a life time (40 – 100 years), bugs cannot eat it, it will never rot, and some of the species have the same fire rating as concrete. It’s color can be preserved by applying a protective deck oil finish periodically, and the color can be restored if it grays after several years of being untreated.
A major benefit of Ipe decking is that it does not require the usage of preservatives or treatments. Ipe wood is naturally resistant to a variety of common decking issues, such as decay and rot, insect infestation, and more.
Ipe decking boards come in numerous colors offering a natural and varied look which ranges from a light or tan brown, to dark olive or even a rich, nearly black, brown.
Ipe Decking By the Numbers
An Ipe deck compares favorably to two of the most popular, traditional choices for residential decks, pine softwood and composite-plastic decking.
Consider that Ipe wood decking has the aforementioned 3,680 Janka hardness rating, compared to 690 for pine and between 940 and 1,390 for composite-plastic.
It also leads the way in shear strength, at 2,060, compared to 1,370 or between 561 and 1,010 respectively, and bending strength, at an enormous 25,400 psi, compared to just 9,900 to 14,500, or 1,423 to 4,500, for pine and composite respectively.