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- Ipe Decking

"Nothing Looks Better or Lasts Longer Than Ipe' Hardwood Decks"

Ipe' is an extremely dense hardwood that is a durable as it is beautiful. The botanical name for Ipe is Tabebuia Ipe - Lapacho. This Brazilian hardwood is one of our most preferred woods for decking because of its rich reddish-brown hue, all-heart grade, exceptional grain pattern and decay resistant properties. it is highly resistant to scratches, termites, fungi, chemicals and fire. In fact, Ipe' has a Class A fire rating, similar to concrete or steel.  
An Ipe' deck may be sealed to keep it's original rich color or left to weather to a natural seiver gray. Or one may choose to apply a sealer or stain to Ipe' in order to retain its exquisite brown color. Sealing or staining the deck is an appearance options and may add to the overall life of the deck. Ipe' is available in a variety of sizes including a raining system. Shown here is the 2 x 6 sculptured handrail with radius edge top and dadoed subrail to accept 2 x 2 balusters.  

Ipe' is naintenance free. Ipe' decks present a cost savings, spanning further than composites, softwoods, or most hardwood deck materials. Ipe' is a highly stable wood too. It resists splintering, twisting, cracking, bowing or cupping. Any board with this occurrence can usually be eliminated with proper installation. The grain does not lift like other woods as it weathers. An incredibly durable hardwood, Ipe' is expected to last 25 or more years. it will weather the elements and heavy traffic. Ipe' is milled at our affiliate company, Exman, in Brazil. This ensures consistency in size dimensions, appearance and quality. Ipe' is expected to last 25 or more years.  
Ipe' is harvested from well managed sustained yield forests in Brazil. IBAMA is the regulatory authority which certifies the harvesting and milling practices within Brazil. Only legally harvested and tagged logs are allowed to be milled and exported. Ipe' contains no harmful chemicals and can be used near water without potential contamination. In fact, it is often used for boat docks. Ipe' is first export quality, air-dried and dimensionally stable. First export quality refers to the highest grade standard you can get. Ipe' is air dried wood, arriving in crates on sticks from Brazil. A small amount of shrinkage may occur as it continues to dry and acclimate to your particular climate. Ipe' is twice as strong as oak and several times stronger than softwoods or synthetic deckings. For example: Ipe 1x6 and 5/4 x 6 boards will span 24" and 32" respectively on center for residential decks. (See the installation guidelines for more details).  

Ipe' dimensional lumber sizes: 1x4 to 1x6, 2x2 to 2x12, 5/4x4 to 5/4x8, 4x4, 6x6 and specified timbers in addition to railing system, plugs and needed accessory items. Most of the dimensional lumber comes in 8' to 20' length boards.