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Ipe wood is a harvested from FSC regulated forests

known for its strength and durability (between 40 and 50 years). This wood does not require any specific treatment due to its high natural resistance to moisture, weathering and damage caused by insects. In addition, Ipe wood is very resistant to fire, almost at the same level as cement. The diversity of its color varies from light brown, dark brown and, red- brown.

What Is Ipe Wood Decking?

Ipe decking is an extremely hard high-density hardwood species native to much of Central and South America.
Pronounced E’–pay, it has also been referred to as Brazilian Walnut, Pau Lope and Ironwood. While there are many subspecies of Ipe wood, the best subspecies grow naturally, primarily in Northern Brazil.
Ipe wood is the benchmark material for all exterior hardwoods. Ipe hardwood is so resistant to fungi, decay, and termites that it has become the species that all other decking wood is compared to. Ipe hardwood is so durable it has historically been used for decks, docks, piers, boardwalks, premium outdoor living spaces, siding, trim, posts, beams, outdoor furniture, gazebos, benches, planters and other challenging outdoor projects.

Ipé Decking – The Best Natural Decking Material Available Worldwide.
Ipé wood is an environmentally responsible choice which naturally resists rot, decay, insects and mold without the use of toxic chemicals commonly found in other decking products. Its hardness, strength and beauty make it perfect for exterior wood decking and siding applications. It is naturally fire resistant and has been awarded an ‘A1’ rating in fire resistance.

Our Ipé wood is harvested from naturally sustainable forests only. It has very high wear durability in daily use and is resistant to splintering and checking. Its longevity passes all other decking material choices, woods and composites included.
General Characteristics:
Dark brown or reddish brown walnut colour. Ipé wood decking has a fine to medium texture.

Common Uses:
Decking, flooring, siding, docks, interior wall panels, sunrooms and many others.

South America (specifically Brazil) and Central America. The Tabebuia tree can be found in a diverse number of areas.

Ipé Decking Resources
IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources)
IBAMA is a Brazilian governmental institute that was created to ensure the preservation and maintenance of the environment. It acts in the protection of Brazilian natural resources. All of our Ipé Decking is certified by a “Document of Origin” supervised by the IBAMA. This Certificate cannot be obtained by illegal lumber producers.

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)
An international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. National Decking can also supply special orders of FSC Ipé wood.

Ipé Decking Names
Common Name: Ipé (pronounced EE-PAY)
Scientific/Botanical Name: Tabebuia spp. (Lapacho group)
Additional Names: Ironwood, Brazilian Walnut, Ipé Brazil, Greenheart, Madera negra, Tahuari, Lapacho negro and others.

Ipé Decking Technical Info
Weight: Ipé wood decking has specific gravity of 0.85 to 1.08. Air dried density is 66 to 75 lbs. per cubic ft. A 3/4″ thick finish material weights approx. 4.5 lbs. per sq ft.

Drying & Contraction (green to kiln-dried): Radial 6.6%, tangential 8.0%, volumetric 13.2%. Small movement after being milled. As the weather changes, average movement for an air-dried deck board about 6″ wide is roughly 1/16″.

Hardness Rating: Ipé hardwood has a Janka Hardness Rating of 3,680 lbs with air-dried decking and 12% moisture content. When tested (ASTM-D143), an Ipé deck is approximately eight times harder than California Redwood and three times stronger than Teak. Ipé decking holds up even in harsh climates and extreme conditions.

Fire Resistance (Canada): Tested by Underwriters’ Laboratories Of Canada, on National Decking demand. Ipé decking has passed the Intermittent Flame Test and The Spread of Flame Test for the CAN/ULC S107 equivalent of ANSI /UL 790 (STANDARD METHODS OF FIRE TESTS OF ROOF COVERINGS) and has been qualified as ‘Class A’, and therefore admissible as a rooftop finishing in non-combustible building class requirement buildings.

Fire Resistance (USA): Ipé was tested by the National Fire Protection Agency (ASTM-E84). Ipé wood decking received the highest classification for Flame Spread: Up to Class A, Uniform Building Code, Class 1.

Termite Resistance: U.S. Naval Reasearch Labarotory – Highest Rating

Slip Resistance: Our Ipé decking exceeds the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for Static Coefficient of friction in a wet environment. Ipé wood decking has also met all ASTM-C1028-89 test requirements.

Strength: Three times stronger than Cedar, our inventory of Ipé decking exceeds all existing code requirements for exterior constructions and has been ASTM-D143 tested. An Ipé deck will be able to structurally handle many square feet of snow!

Durability: If left untreated, Ipé wood decking will last 40+ years. When a deck oil or finish is applied to all four sides prior to installation, an Ipé deck can last up to 100 years.