Hardwood Decking Information for Ipe

Hardwood Decking Information for Ipe

Scientific Name for Ipe:

Tabebuia serratifolia

Other Names for Ipe:

Brazilian Walnut, Cortez, Greenheart, Ironwood, Hakai, Ipe, Lapacho, Polvillo, Tabebuia, Tahua

Origin of Ipe:

Central and South America

Appearance of this beautiful hardwood:

The heartwood of Ipe ranges from olive brown to near black, though it can have lighter or darker markings that are sharply separated from the yellower sapwood. Ipe is an oily appearance low-lustre wood, fine-to-medium textured, and straight to very irregularly grain.
Properties of the most durable hardwood:

Lapacho, or Ipe as it is also commonly referred to as, is an unbelievably durable and hard wood species. This species is very resistant to decay and termite and dry insect attack. Just like concrete and steel, it even has a Class 1 UBC (uniform building code) fire rating in the USA. Along with its extreme hardness, strength, weight, density, and durability, Ipe is also one of the most stable woods available.

Janka Hardness of Ipe:


Exterpark Plus Ipe Decking:As far as the very many decking providers go, once you have reached the quality of Exterpark you can’t go any further. Most decking is S4S (smooth on all four sides) and E4E (eased on all four corners), there are one or two providers that have a side groove to be used in conjunction with a plastic side fixing system, that you have to insert, pre-drill then insert your screw.

With Exterpark you have the patented invisible fastening system that by using a stainless steel fixing clip you have a completely smooth surface finish with no visible fixings, not even through the gaps between the decking.

Further Hardwood Decking Information

For further information regarding the efficient supply and professional installation contact Exterior Decking. There they are able to assist in your requirements for structural design and all technical information regarding your new deck.

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