Decking, Flooring, Wood

IPE’s Toughness and Beauty

Ipe (Pronounced Ee-Paay) otherwise known as Brazilian Walnut is one tough wood. The wood is favored for outdoor applications and is often used for decking, furniture, heavy construction, marine wood and also interior flooring. It is also gaining in popularity for cabinetry in outdoor kitchens.

The wood is known for its durability and low maintenance. It is one of our Top sellers and a popular choice for decking ahead of woods such as Balau and Massaranduba. Ipe has been the number one choice of our customers despite the fact that it is the most expensive wood of the three.

Ipe has a well-known reputation for standing up in harsh conditions. It performs well in coastal and harsh weather areas as well and has been used for a lot of Marine Decking.

The lumber has been described as having an olive brown to blackish color, often with light/dark striping. As a species, ipe can be found in the tropical forests of Central and South America, including: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela.

Ipe’s Toughness and Beauty is Part of Its Charm. That said, don’t be confused if you see differing family names for various species of ipe. Prior to 2007 ipe was considered a member of the Tabebuia genus but was reclassified after sophisticated testing, which included DNA, revealed various species belonged instead in Handroanthus. Ipe is also sometimes known as Brazilian walnut, but the wood is not a member of the Juglans genus. The Janka hardness for ipe varies, due most likely to the range of species involved, but is variously reported as 3,510 to 3,684.

Characteristics:
• Insect resistant
• Cool tempersture – it doesn’t absorb heat
• Repels wood rot & decay
• Does not wear off under heavy use
• Resists mold & fungus
• Outlasts composite materials
• Resists scratches & slivers
• It has increased slip resistance