Ipe decking wood
Ipe hardwood is a hardwood flooring and has
many names. Ipe as a deck wood comes in many forms: ipe decking, Brazilian
walnut flooring, ironwood decking, diamond decking, lapacho, green heart wood,
pau lope decking to name several. See here for all the names used for ipe lapacho.
Most of this hardwood deck grows in South America and it
is noted for extreme density and hardness (actually sinks in water).
Ipe decking wood is:
Five times harder than pressure treated
yellow southern pine
Ipe decking carries the highest rating
against rot and insects (termites).
Ipe deck wood exceeds the Americans with
Disabilities Act requirements for slip resistance when wet.
Ipe massive hardwood dek wood carries
the highest rating for fire resistance.
Ipe deck wood is so durable that, left
untreated, it will last over 40 years, and up to 100 years if deck oil is
Ipe hardwood decks typically have a
deep, rich brown luster with some pieces displaying a golden hue giving the
wood beauty and character.
Whether you call it Ipe decking, Brazilian
walnut flooring, green heart wood, or Pau Lope… it is a wonderful exotic
hardwood flooring that gives lasting beauty year after year after year.
Check here for more information about maintenance.
What are the negatives? Ipe decking wood
is so dense that a carbide tipped saw blade is necessary. Ipe does rout
nicely but it must be predrilled for fasteners.
Conclusion: There is no other natural material
that will outlast or look as beautiful as Ipe deck wood. Ipe hardwood decks
will remain smooth and splinter free as long as you own your deck!
Ipe deck wood provides the beauty of
wood without the hassles of the high maintenance pressure treated decking.
Ipe decking is beauty in wood… and extremely low maintenance.
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