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Exotic Ipe Hardwood - The Ultimate and Attainable Decking Material

Ipe is one of the densest hardwoods, and this characteristic makes it perfect as a decking material. It comes from Central and South America, and despite its ‘exotic hardwood’ status, it is ultimately attainable through reputable suppliers that specialize in selling premium Ipe wood decking in specified lengths. Exotic Ipe hardwood provides a luxurious and elegant look to your home, especially when used outdoors. The wood is also known as 'Brazilian walnut' and is known for its superior resistance to rotting and decay caused by termites, fungal growth, insect infestations, and exposure to water. It is for those reasons that Ipe hardwood is preferred for a wide range of applications like boardwalks, pool decks, and railroad ties.


Using Ipe hardwood can make your money go a long way, especially if you want to have an all-natural deck that is made of high-quality wood. Ipe hardwood lasts longer than other decking materials, and it is naturally beautiful with its rich brown color. You can be sure that your deck will look luxurious and stay durable for generations; you will enjoy many years of satisfaction, relaxation, and comfort for you and your family. Ipe wood is scratch resistant, making it perfect for high traffic areas or if you have pets at home.


Ipe may improve the safety of certain areas of your home, especially when it is constantly exposed to moisture and the elements. It naturally slips resistance, so you can comfortably walk on it, even when it is wet.

Exotic Ipe hardwood can hold up, even when it is constantly exposed to the elements. Adding a UV finisher will help maintain the luxurious brown hue and grain for decades. If you prefer the worn-out and naturally aged look, the color will turn into a silver-gray patina over a few decades without a finisher. The fire rating of Ipe hardwood is comparable to that of concrete (Class A fire rating), and due to its high density, insects will have difficulty biting into it. Even if they try, they will quickly give up and move on to a softer wood to gnaw. If some scratches or drags on to the wood, the right orbital sander can smooth it out.


Ipe is about three times harder than oak. In the Janka scale, its hardness is measured at 3680 pounds. Ipe wood specialists recommend carbide tipped tools and name brand saws with about 80 teeth for a cleaner cut. And because it is hard, you need to pre-drill penetrations into ipe wood and have a few extra bits on hand.


About the Author:

This article is written by Bruce Master. He gained an interest in woodworking at an early age. Bruce Master started working with contractors in the 1970s as a salesman at Ace Hardware in Miami. Over the years he discovered and fell in love with Brazilian woods. He has built decks, docks and specialty items using many of the Brazilian woods. Today, Bruce loves his job as Operations Manager for ABS Wood, a Brazilian wood retailer.