What is IPE wood?

IPE wood, also called Brazilian walnut, is a beautiful exotic wood from South America. The structure of the IPE wood is very hard, strong and naturally resistant to rot, abrasion, weather (rain, water) and insects. The IPE wood has almost twice the density as most woods and it is up to five times harder.

It has a medium to darker brown in color, just like a mahogany. So it will not only last a long time, but it has also the beauty of a fine interior wood. If IPE lumber is allowed to patina, the color can be brought back to its original state with the help of a cleaner and brightener.

How is it used?

IPE wood is used for IPE decking and other outdoor application like furniture, siding and fencing. The IPE wood has a extremely long life in the outdoors. The lifespan of IPE wood can last up to 75 years with proper cleaning and maintenance and will last easily for more than 40 years. That is 4-7 times more than most woods.

What are the pros and cons?

Pros:

  • Strong
  • Hard
  • Long lasting
  • Smooth
  • Ages gracefully
  • Naturally fire and rot resistant
  • Insect resistant

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Requires quality drills for pre drilling or hidden installation software

 

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