IRON WOODS IPE DECKING
What is Ipe? Ipe is a Brazilian species recognized for its strength and natural resistance to decay, Ipe (pronounced “e-pay”) is one of the most consistently durable and versatile timbers on the planet. The US Navy tested Ipe in a Panama Canal study beginning in 1962, and the results showed Ipe to be one of the top performing timbers in resistance to decay, termites, and borers. It dries extremely well with little checking, twisting, or bow. Ipe can be used in ground contact without preservatives or with additional treatments. Widely used in commercial exterior construction such as boardwalks, piers and benches, Ipe decking has also become the best choice for residential applications due to its low maintenance, attractive color, and extremely smooth surface that stands the test of time.
Iron Woods Ipe Decking sets the standard for residential & commercial hardwood decking products and is covered by a 25-year warranty.
The difference is in the grade.
Ipe, like any other species of wood, is produced to different gradeband quality standards. In the absence of official grading rules for hardwood decking, Iron Woods by Timber Holdings set its own standards over 40 years ago. Consumers, Architects and Building professionals recognize the Iron Woods® Premium Select Architectural Grade as the benchmark for quality and consistency.
Iron Woods Ipe
Iron Woods Ipe Residential Deck Installation & Maintenance
|2×4, 2×6, 2×8||62″||56″||48″|
Allow a 1/8″ gap between deck boards for drainage and airflow. End-to-end butt joints are installed 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. End-to-end butt joints should be installed without a gap.
|Ipe||CCA-Treated Pine||Composite Decking|
|Movement in Service||Low||High||High|
|Fire Rating Class||High||Varies||Low|
|Weight per cu. ft.||69lbs.||35lbs.||60 – 64lbs.|
|Bending Strength (in psi)||25,400||9,900 – 14,500||1,423 – 4,500|
|E-modulus||3,140,000||1,170,000 – 1,510,000||175,000 – 480,000|
|Shear Strength||2,060||1,370||561 – 1,010|
|Hardness||3,680||690||940 – 1,390|