Why is Ipe a Superior Choice for Decks or Cladding?
Durability: Ipe is a very hard and dense wood that is naturally resistant to scratches, dents, decay, and fire. It can withstand harsh weather conditions and is resistant to insect infestations. Ipe is often chosen by architects and builders for use on boardwalks, docks, and other public areas because of its strength and durability.
Low Maintenance: Ipe requires minimal maintenance. It does not need to be stained or sealed, unlike other types of wood. If left to weather gradually, it will fade to a natural silver-gray color.
Aesthetics: Ipe has a natural, rich color and a distinctive grain pattern that makes it an attractive choice for decking. It may be stained periodically to maintain its rich, dark brown color.
Long Lifespan: Ipe has a long lifespan and can last up to 50 years with proper maintenance and is proven to withstand the harshest outdoor elements and climate conditions.
Environmentally Friendly: Ipe is a sustainable material that is harvested from responsibly managed forests. Its durability means it requires less frequent replacement, which reduces its impact on the environment. Third party certification (FSC® & Green by Nature™) provides further accountability.