What is Ipe Decking?
Ipe (pronounced “e-pay”, also known as Brazilian Walnut), is the most sought after tropical hardwood decking in the United States today. An Ipe decking is the “king” of South American hardwood decking – the gold standard for fine exterior decking.
Typically used for decking, docks and other outdoor applications, Ipe is one of the most dense, durable hardwoods in the world, lasting for decades in service. Ipe decking is even used commercially for municipal projects such as the boardwalk in Atlantic City, due to its naturally durable properties. Since Ipe is 100% natural wood, it is recyclable at the end of its service life.
Ipe has rich dark colors, so it not only lasts a long time but has the beauty of a fine interior wood. If Ipe is allowed to age, it will turn to a silver/gray patina over time. Its color can be brought back to its original shade with the use of a deck cleaner/brightening system and application of a hardwood finish specifically formulated for Ipe and other exotic hardwoods, such as Messmer’s UV Plus.
eDeck.com stocks a large inventory of Ipe decking & supplies including boards, posts, balusters, railings and structural boards in the highest quality. We have been shipping orders to contractors for years, so you can buy from us with confidence. We offer extremely competitive pricing on all of our Ipe Decking & Supplies.
eDeck also sells the Ipe hand rail system to accompany your Ipe Decking & Supplies. We can also custom mill handrails and pre-groove for hidden fastening systems.
View our full price list to see that we are among the lowest in the country. eDeck sells the highest “premium” grade, so if you are price shopping, make sure you are comparing the best grades with our prices.
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Benefits of Ipe Decking & Why It’s the Best Choice for Your Decking:
Ipe Decking is natural, long lasting, and the Rolls Royce of wood decking. It will last 45+ year when properly installed and could last even longer depending on exposure. It is a beautiful dark brown color when new and then faded to a just as beautiful silver shade when exposed to the sun naturally. It is extremely resistant to splintering even when 20+ years old so it is a great porch for kids, pets, or to walk around barefoot on for many many years.
If you really want to make your porch or deck into a beautiful outdoor room with hardwood decking, this is your best choice.
Fire Rating for Ipe Decking
Ipe Decking is ASTM-E84 tested to National Fire Protection Code, Class A, Uniform Building Code, Class 1; Highest Rating. This is the same fire rating as steel. Ipe has an assurance against a tipped over charcoal grill or the danger of fire.
Finished vs. Unfinished
When new, Ipe wood is a dark brown to dark tan color, but over time it will fade to a silver color naturally when unfinished. If you want to keep the dark brown coloring, then you will need to use a UV sealant that is specially made for Ipe decking like Messmers UV. The beautiful brown color will require resealing on a yearly basis, so it can be time consuming; though, many customers think it is worth the effort because of the beautiful brown color.
Ipe Decking and Lumber is suitable for any outdoor structure. The main concern is to make sure you incorporate the weight of your Ipe decking in your designs and planning. With it’s long lasting properties, it has been used in Siding, Porch Flooring, Decking, Chairs, Tables, Gazebos, Pergolas, benches, boardwalks, and more.
Check out our pricing page for what our current availability and pricing is. If you need any special sizes or specs, feel free to contact us and we will do everything we can to help out.
What Grade is your Ipe Decking?
We carry the highest grade available premium grade, so if you are price shopping, make sure you are comparing the best grades with our prices. Our standard is 3 sides clear as a minimum, with many boards being 4 side clear. There is natural color variation in Ipe decking based on the part of the trunk that the boards are harvested from. We also provide samples so you can see for yourself the quality of Ipe Wood we carry.
Installation, Storage, and Handling
For information on Installation, Storage, and Handling you can refer to our Ipe decking installation guide . It is also available as a printable pdf as well on that page. This includes all the information about how to properly treat your Ipe decking wood.
How is our Ipe Decking Sustainable?
We buy only Ipe Decking that has been selectively harvested to help maintain as much of the forest as possible. Only a few trees per acre are harvested as to allow re-harvested in about 10 years time. Every acre of rainforest that is selectively harvested is saved from slash and burn clearing, so that it can be harvested again. We only buy from reputable suppliers that are certified by the IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources) which assure that they are legally harvested according to current Brazilian and US regulations. New trees are also replanted after all harvesting.
The deforestation of the rainforest has significantly decreased since 2004; the rate of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has fallen nearly 80 percent. This shows that the Brazilian regulations on land use are working. Though logging has causes approximately 6% of deforestation, it is a very valuable industry for the area and helps to provide value to the forests. The largest threat to the Amazon is slash and burning agriculture to clear for farming. If wood harvesting can prove to be profitable, then it gives economic incentive to maintain the rainforest for the future and makes slash and burn even less viable.
eDeck.com is a internet-based premium hardwood decking supply company serving contractors and builders. With a focus on low prices, great customer service and timely shipping, eDeck sells to direct to contractors throughout the USA.
With over 20 years of experience in tropical wood decking, we have been shipping orders over the internet for the past 10 years and have shipped many orders throughout the United States. We visit suppliers and perform quality reviews. We can pass on low prices to our customers because we are a large buyers.