IPE (Tabebuia Serratifolia)
Ipe, also known as Brazilian Walnut, has been the top choice for outdoor projects for several decades. Teak like in appearance, Ipe is one of the most beautiful and durable outdoor woods available to the public.
Due to its popularity, Ipe is available in a variety of sizes which eliminates the need to mix species to complete a project.
Ipe is commonly used for decking, siding, trim, pergolas and outdoor furniture.
Several times harder than Oak, Ipe is one of the hardest and most durable decking options on the planet. With a Janka hardness of 3680, Ipe is ideal for many projects where durability, strength and resistance to abrasion are a must. Many of the east coast boardwalks have Ipe planks that have been in service for over 50 years with little to no maintenance. Ipe is naturally rot and decay resistant, so your deck or outdoor project will last for decades without the need for chemical treatment. Due to a Class A fire rating; Ipe is one of the best choices for commercial projects or rooftop decks.
Depending on the desired look, Ipe may be stained to maintain a rich brown appearance or it may be left to weather to a silver patina. If stained, then a periodical maintenance coat will be required. Should one decide to let Ipe weather to grey, then the only maintenance would be cleaning the deck when deemed necessary.