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Iron Woods® Ipe Decking sets the standard for residential & commercial hardwood decking products. Recognized for its rich dark walnut color and covered by a 25-year warranty, Iron Woods® Ipe Decking is the gold standard of naturally durable hardwoods—no matter how hot the summer, no matter how brutal the winter.

Premium Grade
100% clear all heartwood and graded for appearance on the face, back, and edges. Unsound milling defects not allowed.

Availability
Available as decking 5/4 & 1 in. thick and 4 to 12 in. wide. See full availability details.

Warranty
Backed by a 25-year limited warranty. Read Iron Woods IPE warranty.




FEATURES & BENEFITS

Why Choose Ipe Decking?


NATURALLY DURABLE

Iron Woods Ipe resists decay, termites, and borers, pretty much anything you can throw at it.

SOURCING CERTAINTY

Green by Nature, our complete supply chain traceability system provides sourcing certainty all the way up our supply chain, from the forest to you.

UNPARALLELED BEAUTY

Weather naturally to an attractive silver gray or maintain the natural rich brown color by cleaning and refinishing. Or both. Your choice.

Stands Up to the Elements

Iron Woods® Ipe Decking stands up to the elements year-round – from heat and humidity to salt water spray and brutal winters.

Premium Grade

100% Heartwood. 100% clear. No visible defects and grading on all faces and edges allows for any face selection you choose.

World-renowned Quality

The only thing they don’t gamble on in Atlantic City is the wood they use to rebuild the Boardwalk. Since 1971, Iron Woods® has supplied every deck board.

NATURALLY DURABLE

Iron Woods Ipe resists decay, termites, and borers, pretty much anything you can throw at it.

SOURCING CERTAINTY

Green by Nature, our complete supply chain traceability system provides sourcing certainty all the way up our supply chain, from the forest to you.

UNPARALLELED BEAUTY

Weather naturally to an attractive silver gray or maintain the natural rich brown color by cleaning and refinishing. Or both. Your choice.

Stands Up to the Elements

Iron Woods® Ipe Decking stands up to the elements year-round – from heat and humidity to salt water spray and brutal winters.

Premium Grade

100% Heartwood. 100% clear. No visible defects and grading on all faces and edges allows for any face selection you choose.

World-renowned Quality

The only thing they don’t gamble on in Atlantic City is the wood they use to rebuild the Boardwalk. Since 1971, Iron Woods® has supplied every deck board.



FEATURES & BENEFITS

Why Choose Ipe Decking?


NATURALLY DURABLE

Iron Woods Ipe resists decay, termites, and borers, pretty much anything you can throw at it.

SOURCING CERTAINTY

Green by Nature, our complete supply chain traceability system provides sourcing certainty all the way up our supply chain, from the forest to you.

UNPARALLELED BEAUTY

Weather naturally to an attractive silver gray or maintain the natural rich brown color by cleaning and refinishing. Or both. Your choice.

Stands Up to the Elements

Iron Woods® Ipe Decking stands up to the elements year-round – from heat and humidity to salt water spray and brutal winters.

Premium Grade

100% Heartwood. 100% clear. No visible defects and grading on all faces and edges allows for any face selection you choose.

World-renowned Quality

The only thing they don’t gamble on in Atlantic City is the wood they use to rebuild the Boardwalk. Since 1971, Iron Woods® has supplied every deck board.

NATURALLY DURABLE

Iron Woods Ipe resists decay, termites, and borers, pretty much anything you can throw at it.

SOURCING CERTAINTY

Green by Nature, our complete supply chain traceability system provides sourcing certainty all the way up our supply chain, from the forest to you.

UNPARALLELED BEAUTY

Weather naturally to an attractive silver gray or maintain the natural rich brown color by cleaning and refinishing. Or both. Your choice.

Stands Up to the Elements

Iron Woods® Ipe Decking stands up to the elements year-round – from heat and humidity to salt water spray and brutal winters.

Premium Grade

100% Heartwood. 100% clear. No visible defects and grading on all faces and edges allows for any face selection you choose.

World-renowned Quality

The only thing they don’t gamble on in Atlantic City is the wood they use to rebuild the Boardwalk. Since 1971, Iron Woods® has supplied every deck board.



Unrivaled strength. Unparalleled beauty. Natural resistance to decay.



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Technical Details


Our technical support is unmatched in the industry. Have a question? We’re here to help. Always.


Storage & HandlingSpans & SpacingDeck VentilationFinishingBest Practices
Storage & Handling
  • Iron Woods® Ipe decking is supplied as partially dried or kiln-dried lumber.
  • Store wood out of direct sunlight and allow it to acclimate and stabilize to the installation area’s humidity before installing.
  • Some air-dried boards may show marks from sticker or breather strips. Generally these marks and watermarks blend in when the sealer is applied. If still visible, they will dissipate during the next year as the deck fades.
  • We recommend carbide-tipped saw blades and high-quality drills for smooth cuts.

Spans & Spacing

These spans are designed for Ipe to allow for minimal deflection of the deck surface. Contact us for maximum spans and engineering data. 

 

Load Size
Board Size 40psf 60psf 100psf
1×4, 1×6 32″ 28″ 24″
5/4×4, 5/4×6 42″ 38″ 32″
2×4, 2×6, 2×8 62″ 56″ 48″
  • Allow 1/8″ gap between deck boards for drainage and airflow. 
  • Install end-to-end butt joints without a gap. 
  • Decking may shrink approximately 1/16″ on 4″ wide and 1/8″ on 6″ wide decking. 
  • In hot or dry areas, you may experience additional shrinkage. 

Deck Ventilation
  • For long-term stability and to minimize cupping, adequate ventilation of the deck is essential. 
  • Proper air ventilation allows air to flow in from outside the deck area, under the joists, and up through the gaps between the deck boards.

Finishing
  • Seal all ends immediately after cutting with Anchorseal clear wax end sealer (available from your Iron Woods® dealer) in order to reduce end checking. 
  • To maintain a rich walnut color, use a transparent penetrating oil-based sealer with UV inhibitors in a trans-oxide pigmented “tone” and reapply annually or as needed. 
  • If you prefer a silvery-gray appearance, use a clear oil-based sealer for the first coat and then simply let the wood weather to its natural gray color.
  • If you want to return silver-gray wood to the original color, use a “wood brightener.” Careful power washing and/or sanding can help to remove the grayed wood. 

Best Practices
  • Download a more in-depth, printer-friendly PDF Best Practices Guide
  • Click the link to open/download the PDF in most browsers. You can also right-click and choose to Save Link As.


Technical Details


Our technical support is unmatched in the industry. Have a question? We’re here to help. Always.


Storage & HandlingSpans & SpacingDeck VentilationFinishingBest Practices
Storage & Handling
  • Iron Woods® Ipe decking is supplied as partially dried or kiln-dried lumber.
  • Store wood out of direct sunlight and allow it to acclimate and stabilize to the installation area’s humidity before installing.
  • Some air-dried boards may show marks from sticker or breather strips. Generally these marks and watermarks blend in when the sealer is applied. If still visible, they will dissipate during the next year as the deck fades.
  • We recommend carbide-tipped saw blades and high-quality drills for smooth cuts.
Spans & Spacing

These spans are designed for Ipe to allow for minimal deflection of the deck surface. Contact us for maximum spans and engineering data. 

 

Load Size
Board Size 40psf 60psf 100psf
1×4, 1×6 32″ 28″ 24″
5/4×4, 5/4×6 42″ 38″ 32″
2×4, 2×6, 2×8 62″ 56″ 48″
  • Allow 1/8″ gap between deck boards for drainage and airflow. 
  • Install end-to-end butt joints without a gap. 
  • Decking may shrink approximately 1/16″ on 4″ wide and 1/8″ on 6″ wide decking. 
  • In hot or dry areas, you may experience additional shrinkage. 
Deck Ventilation
  • For long-term stability and to minimize cupping, adequate ventilation of the deck is essential. 
  • Proper air ventilation allows air to flow in from outside the deck area, under the joists, and up through the gaps between the deck boards.
Finishing
  • Seal all ends immediately after cutting with Anchorseal clear wax end sealer (available from your Iron Woods® dealer) in order to reduce end checking. 
  • To maintain a rich walnut color, use a transparent penetrating oil-based sealer with UV inhibitors in a trans-oxide pigmented “tone” and reapply annually or as needed. 
  • If you prefer a silvery-gray appearance, use a clear oil-based sealer for the first coat and then simply let the wood weather to its natural gray color.
  •  If you want to return silver-gray wood to the original color, use a “wood brightener.” Careful power washing and/or sanding can help to remove the grayed wood. 
Best Practices
  • Download a more in-depth, printer-friendly PDF Best Practices Guide
  • Click the link to open/download the PDF in most browsers. You can also right-click and choose to Save Link As.


Need to Know

Product Availability



Decking & Boards — Premium KD



Nominal SizeActual SizeProfilesLengths
1 x 4 KD3/4" x 3-1/2"S4S8′-20’ EVEN
1 x 4 KD3/4" x 3-1/2"GROOVED8′-20’ EVEN
1 x 4 KD3/4" x 3-1/2"T&G8′-20’ EVEN
1 x 6 KD3/4" x 5-1/2"S4S8′-20’ EVEN
1 x 8 KD3/4" x 7-1/4"S4S8′-20’ EVEN
1 x 10 KD3/4" x 9-1/4"S4S8′-20’ EVEN
1 x 12 KD3/4" x 11-1/4"S4S8′-20’ EVEN
5/4 x 4 KD1" x 3-1/2"S4S8′-20’ EVEN
5/4 x 4 KD1" x 3-1/2"GROOVED8′-20’ EVEN
5/4 x 6 KD1" x 5-1/2"S4S8′-20’ EVEN
5/4 x 6 KD1" x 5-1/2"GROOVED8′-20’ EVEN
5/4 x 8 KD1" x 7-1/4"S4S8′-20’ EVEN
5/4 x 10 KD1" x 9-1/4"S4S8′-20’ EVEN
5/4 x 12 KD1" x 11-1/4"S4S8′-20’ EVEN




PRODUCT COMPARISON


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Type
Maintenance
Decay Resistance
Termite Resistance
Strength
Movement in Service
Fire Rating Class
Weight per cu. ft.
Bending Strength (in psi)
E-modulus
Shear Strength
Hardness


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Fastening Systems

We make fastening easy. Iron Woods decking can be installed using the EB-TY Hidden Deck Fastening System, the Starborn Color Matched Pro-Plug System, or Iron Woods Boardwalk and Deck Screws.







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