Why you should choose Ipe decking over any other hardwood, synthetic or composite alternative
Exactly how much does Ipe cost?
The price of Ipe largely depends on its market supply and demand. This, therefore, means that the price of Ipe varies from time to time. Additionally, there are different qualities of Ipe board hence different prices. The price of standard 1×4 Ipe boards normally ranges from$2.00 to $2.50 per linear foot. Ipe prices vary every day so it is best that you request a quote whenever you want to make a purchase. However, you need to remember that compared to other types of wood, Ipe can last for more than 70 years. Therefore, you should also consider its durability and not just its cost per linear foot.
To get a more precise figure; if a standard 1×4 Ipe board cost approximately $2 per linear foot, therefore, this means a square foot would cost $6.
What is the correct pronunciation of “Ipe”?
The correct pronunciation of Ipe is E-Pay. Click the following sound clip to hear it loud.
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Before choosing a decking material, the most important aspect to consider is how long the deck is going to last. Consequently, there are woods that are perfect for outdoor use and are more long-lasting. Actually, Ipe lasts longer than all other woods suited for outdoor use. Ipe can last more than 75 years even if it is not treated. Therefore, in terms of longevity, Ipe is the most suitable decking material. Its closest comparisons can only last half this time. For many people, this means a once in a lifetime acquisition.
While looking for a decking material you need to also ask yourself how resistant the material you are choosing is to fire, checking, bugs, rot, decay, splinters, mold and fungi. Ipe falls under Class A fire rating and is resistant to all the aforementioned elements. Therefore paying a little more for Ipe lumber is nearly the same as insuring your deck from all these potential attacks.
Your Ipe decking, fencing or siding will not need any maintenance at all unless you wish to maintain its dark brown color. Therefore you do not have to spend any money on maintenance. Actually synthetic materials usually require maintenance. This makes Ipe a lower maintenance material compared to all others. In case you wish to change its color back to dark brown after it has turned grey, you only need a little sanding and oiling.
Can I use Ipe wood around or near a fireplace?
Absolutely! Ipe is a Class A fire-rated material falling in the same category as concrete and steel. Ipe wood is therefore the best natural choice for use around or near a fireplace. When it was tested by the National Fire Protection Agency (ASTM-E84). Ipe decking was awarded the highest classification for Flame Spread. This is up to Class A, Uniform Building Code, Class 1.
Ipe decking has a gravity of 0.85 to 1.08. AD (Air Dried) is 66 to 75 lbs. per cubic foot. A 3/4″x5.5” (also known as 1×6) thick board weights approx. 3.9 pound to 4.5 pounds per square foot. The actual weight is determined by moisture content in the wood.
From Green to Kiln-Dried – Drying and Contraction
Tangential 8.0%, Radial 6.6%, Volumetric 13.2%. There is minimal movement after going through the mill. When the weather changes and average 6” board can change by 1/16 of a inch.
Ipe is well known as one of the hardest woods in the world. Hardness in woods is usually rated on a Janka scale. The Janka hardness of Ipe decking is 3,680 for air-dried and with 12% moisture content.
Ipe decking surpasses the ADA (American with Disabilities Act) requirements for Static Coefficient of friction in a wet environment. Ipe wood decking has also met the ASTM-C1028-89 test requirements as well.
Can I purchase weathered Ipe?
You can purchase Ipe that has already weathered from us. Kindly get in touch with us for further details.
What can I do to get my Ipe that weathered appearance?
You just need to apply end sealers on your Ipe and its color will naturally change to grey. Additionally, if you choose to, you may also turn its color back to brown. Even without treatment, Ipe wood can last more than 75 years.
What makes Ipe the best choice?
According to us, Ipe is the finest wood in all aspects. Not only is it the most durable wood available, it also requires the least maintenance and it is also the most beautiful. It weathers splinters or checks and is attractive whether it is treated or not. It is also fire-rated in the same class as steel and concrete. Additionally, it is resistant to bugs.
What is the difference between Air-Dried and Kiln-Dried?
Due to its durability and hardness, Ipe is normally used outdoors. Both air-dried and kiln-dried Ipe lumbers are perfect for outdoor applications. Air-dried lumber contains about 18% moisture which is great for outdoor use. This moisture will maintain the stability of wood during hot, cold, windy and rainy conditions. Kiln-dried Ipe, on the other hand, contains about 8 to10% moisture. Kiln-dried Ipe is normally more expensive. Kiln-dried Ipe may be used for both outdoor and indoor applications unlike air-dried Ipe. Let us know if you wish to have kiln-dried Ipe and we would be glad to make it available.
Which color options do you offer?
Usually, different Ipe batches and boards have different colors. However, we always try as much as we can to provide our customers with the colors they prefer. Nevertheless, you need to understand that Ipe is a natural wood. In case you plan to treat the wood the issue of color will be of little significance. Find below, the Ipe color variations available:
Why Use Ipe?
- This wood can last over 75 years!
- Maintenance is non-extent if you want it grey, or once a year U.V. treatment to keep its natural color.
- Bugs literally have a hard time eating it, due to its density.
- Compare the facts to any other wood, or synthetic board and for decking Ipe is superior.
- Often used around pools and on docks because water has a hard time penetrating. Making it perfect for that around water project!
- Density makes scratches less likely.
- Known as one of the top 6 hardest wood in the world, check out the Janka scale!
- The best wood to use for outdoor projects!
- Good around firepits and known fire area due to it having up to a Class A fire rating.
- Resists Fungi and Mold.
- Ipe decking has been being used for a long, long time in projects like Coney Island and Atlantic Boardwalk. Stood the test of time even in these commercial applications.
- Due to low maintenance and no need to replace, its lifetime costs end up being one of the lowest of any wood.
- Great to be used with hidden fasteners