Natural, Long Lasting Beauty
Getting to Know IPE Decking
IPE (pronounced ē-pay) - Tabebuia serratifolia - is a South American hardwood that is one of the hardest woods on earth (3 times harder than oak!). Due to its hardness and natural ability to resist decay, IPE provides superior service when used for decking, patios, piers/boat docks, outdoor furniture, walkways, and poolside benches and decks.
IPE has a natural, rich, dark brown color and left unstained it will gradually age to a lighter brown with gray overtones. However, IPE can be stained to retain its rich, dark brown color or it can be stained to give it a glossier finish. No matter how you choose to finish your deck, IPE requires no chemical preservatives to keep it smooth and splinter free and its naturally safe.
Other Benefits of IPE Decking
- Knot free
- Decay and termite resistant
- Due to the density of the wood, it will not cup, bow, or twist like treated pine.
- Durability rating of 25 years plus by the U.S. Forest Products Lab.
- NFPA UBC I fire rating—same as steel and concrete!
- Competitively priced as compared to cedar, redwood, or composite decking (TREX).
Ipe vs. S. Yellow Pine CCA Treated
|Bending Strength||25963 psi||13100 psi|
|Work to Maximum Load||22 in-lbs/cu. in.||11 in-lbs/cu. in.|
|Shear Strength||2048 psi||1390 psi|
|Weight||62 lbs/cu. ft.||36 lbs/cu. ft|
Decking material is available in the following dimensions
|5/4 x 6"||2" x 2"||2" x 4"|
|2" x 6"||2" x 8"||4" x 4"|
All dimensions above are available in various lengths.
*Lewis Lumber Products wants to thank DLH Nordisk for use of their IPE Decking images.