Here are some answers to a few questions you may be asking about ipe wood.
What Is Ipe?
Ipe is an exotic hardwood. Ipe decking is the most durable, reliable, and resilient hardwood decking option available. Ipe comes from Brazil and can be used in a variety of residential and commercial applications such as decking, flooring, boardwalks and docks.
Will an Ipe Deck Last?
Yes! Ipe can last 75+ years due to its natural oils and extreme density. Ipe is the best decking option for both Alameda and Pleasanton, period. To prove how resilient ipe really is, consider that when the United States Naval Laboratory tested it, they found that it would take over 15 years for a buried plank of untreated ipe to be permeable for insects.
Does Ipe Resist Pests and Decay?
Yes! As explained above ipe has been tested and proven to be naturally resistant to insects, mildew, mold, fungus, and rot because of its natural oils. In fact, ipe comes without all of the chemicals and maintenance issues that both composite decking and pressure treated decking are constantly plagued with.
What's the Best Way to Install Ipe Decking?
Because the wood is so strong, pre-drilling is advised. Various deck tools are available to make deck building faster and more efficient.
Are There Any Maintenance Issues?
Ipe decking is very low-maintenance. Simply brush away leaves, branches, and any spills and you will have no problem enjoying your deck for years to come.