Ipe Decking Information


Everything you need to know about Ipe Decking.

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Ipe (pronounced EE-pay) is the finest quality wood decking material available. From the Atlantic City Boardwalk, to Las Vegas' Treasure Island Resort, to your own backyard, nothing keeps its integrity or lasts as long as Advantage Ipe Decking™. Ipe is an exotic hardwood that is naturally resistant to rot and decay, is 8 times harder than California Redwood, and is guaranteed for 20 years without preservatives!  Our Ipe Decking is responsibly harvested from well-managed forests to provide a truly renewable resource. Ipe has many benefits over teak and is available at a fraction of the cost. We ship our Ipe decking products direct to your home or jobsite.

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Ipe Decking Technical Info
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Ipe Decking Specs

Botanical Name:  Tabebuia spp. (Lapacho group)

Common Name:  Ipe

Other Common Names:  Brazilian Walnut, Amapa, Cortez, Guayacan polvillo, Flor Amarillo, Greenheart, Madera negra, Tahuari, Lapacho negro

Common Trade Names:   Pau Lope, Diamond Decking, Ironwood, and many others.

General Characteristics: Dark brown walnut color.  Gives a green dust when cut.  The texture is fine to medium.  The tree may grow to 150 feet in height with trunk diameters of 6 ft.   Frequently to heights of 100 ft an diameters of 2 to 3 ft.  Boles are clear to 60 ft and more.

Weight:  Basic specific gravity (oven dry weight/green volume) 0.85 to 0.97, air dry density 66 to 75 pounds per cubic foot.  A 3/4" thick finish material weights approx. 4.5 pounds per square foot.

Moisture Content of Decking:  Air dried to approx. 12% for use on exterior projects. (We also sell Kiln dried material for interior use, do not use kiln dried for exterior use as it will expand.  Air dried inside will shrink.)

Janka side hardness:   3,060 lb for green material and 3,680 lb at 12% moisture content. 

Bending Strength:   22,560 psi

Maximum Crushing strength: 10,350 psi

STRENGTH - ASTM-D143-09 tested; Three times stronger than Cedar, our Ipe Decking exceeds all existing code requirements for exterior constructions.

Forest Products Laboratory toughness average for green and dry material = 404 in.-lb (5/8" specimen.)

Drying and shrinkage (green to oven dry): Radial 6.6%, tangential 8.0%, volumetric 13.2%.   Movement after manufacture is rated as small.  Typical movement for a air dried decking board 6" wide board is 1/16" in between seasons.

Working Properties:  Has a blunting effect on cutters, use of carbide tipped saw blades is necessary.  Routs nicely.  Must be predrilled for fastening.

Distribution:  Throughout the continental tropical America and some of the lesser Antilles.  The tree grows on a variety of sites from ridge tops to riverbanks and marsh forest.  Our Ipe is responsible harvested from managed forest.  We also support extensive replanting programs.  Ipe is as widespread in tropical America as Yellow Pine is in the United States.

Durability:  Heartwood is very resistant to attack by decay fungi, mod, and termites.  Last 75+ years.  U.S. FOREST PRODUCTS LABORATORY - Class ( Very Durable - 25 years ) This is the highest rating available from the forest laboratory.

Uses: Exterior Decking, Benches, Adirondack furniture, Truck and Fishing vessel flooring, fine interior cabinetry and flooring, Archery Bows, Heavy marine dock construction.

TERMITE RESISTANCE - U.S. NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY - ( 15 years in ground without attack by termites ) Highest Rating.  

HARDNESS - ASTM-D143-94 tested; Approximately seven times harder than Cedar, our Ipe decking stands up to the harshest conditions imaginable.

SLIP RESISTANCE - ASTM-C1028-89 tested; Our Ipe Decking exceeds the  Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for Static Coefficient of friction in a wet environment

Compare Ipe Decking

Compare the available decking woods. Read the following comparison and then give us a call1.877.232.3915. By any measure (hardness, strength, durability, appearance), our Ipe Decking is clearly the superior decking material across the board. But, don't take our word for it. Call to get your free sample. You'll see and feel for yourself how Advantage Ipe Decking™ speaks for itself! All Ipe decking is not the same.  Our mills in Brazil cut only the finest logs for our decking production.
We stock Ipe Decking boards up to 20 feet long!!!

Specie Appearance Hardness Bending Strength Decay Resistance
Ipe An extremely dense, tight grained wood. Generally a deep rich brown with some pieces displaying red and amber hues. 3600lbs 22,560 psi Highest rating for insect (termite) and decay resistance.   Offers 75+ year lifespan.
Douglas Fir A light reddish-brown wood with generally straight grain. 670 lbs. 12,400 psi Not naturally resistant to decay. Should be painted or stained to prevent decay.
Pressure Treated Pine Very pronounced grain. Dusty yellow-green color due to chemical treatment of the wood. 690 lbs. 14,500 psi A chemical preservative, chromated copper arsenate is forced into the wood.  Offering resistance to decay, but also potential health concerns.
California Redwood Several grades available that vary considerably in appearance and quality. Usually straight grained with a fine, even texture. Color varies from cherry-red to dark reddish-brown 420 lbs. 10,000 psi Premium grades are more durable than most woods in common use. Resistant to decay, but relatively soft and quick to weather. Treatment is recommended.
Western Cedar Fresh cut, this wood appears a salmon pink color which turns a coffee brown over time. Species is generally straight grained. 580 lbs. 7,500 psi This softwood is more durable than most woods in common use. Resistant to decay, but relatively soft and quick to weather. Treatment is recommended.
Philippine Mahogany Interlocked grain similar to true mahogany, but with a courser texture. Species is generally medium to dark brown. 760 lbs. 12,000 psi Only the dark red species are resistant to decay. Although more durable than cedar and redwood, it is still relatively soft compared to Ipe Decking.

 

Fire Rating For Ipe Decking
Test/Classification Rating
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 Ipe Decking Flame Spread (10) Minutes 0
Ipe Decking Flame Spread (30) Minutes 5
Ipe  Decking Smoke Developed Values (10) minutes 3
Ipe Decking Fuel Contribution (10) Minutes 0
NFPA Class* A
UBC Class** 1
* NFPA is the National Fire Protection, NFPA no. 1 Fire Safety Code
** UBC is the Uniform Building Code, 1979 Edition, Part VIII, Fire Resistive Standard for Fire Protection.

Should I "Finish" My Ipe Deck???
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Applying U.V. Plus for Hardwood Decks will protect and condition your Ipe deck while also maintaining a natural appearance.  The finish is NOT a stain but a protectant for the wood. The Ipe will darken slightly with the application of the decking oil, but will not stain the wood. The U.V. inhibitor will prevent your deck from fading in the sun. If you choose to not "finish" your Ipe deck it will naturally fade in the sunlight. Your Ipe deck will maintain its integrity and will NOT rot, splinter, or decay. Your Ipe deck will just turn a fine silver-gray color .
Either one of these options is a good choice when it comes to your Ipe deck. It is just a matter of taste weather or not you choose to "finish" your Ipe deck. Please feel free to ask any of our salesmen additional questions if you may have them.

Span Chart for Ipe Decking
 Nominal Dimension Finish Dimension Joist Spacing
1x4 3/4" x 3 1/2" 16"
1x6 3/4" x 5 1/2" 16"
5/4x6 1" x 5 1/2"  24"
2x6 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" 32"

Note:  Ipe Is a very strong material.  The joist spacing shown is very conservative and designed to pass most area building codes and to have nearly zero deflection under standard loads.  The joist spacing shown is also valid if the decking is laid in a diagonal pattern to the joist.  The spans shown are typically used even with heavy loads such as hot tubs.

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