Recognized for its rich dark walnut color Iron Woods™ Ipe Decking represents the most highly demanded naturally durable hardwood decking product within the category. Iron Woods® Ipe decking has been standing up to the elements in the United States for over 40 years. From the heat and humidity of Central Florida to the four seasons of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, complete with brutal winters and hot summers, no matter where you live, no matter what the application, Iron Woods™ Ipe Decking has established itself as the gold standard of naturally durable hardwoods.
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 Decking
Iron Woods™ Ipe Residential Deck Installation & Maintenance
Iron Woods™ Ipe decking is supplied as partially dried or kiln dried lumber. Store the wood out of direct sunlight and allow the wood to acclimate and stabilize to the installation area’s humidity before installing. Some air-dried boards may show marks from sticker or breather strips. Generally these marks and water marks blend in when the sealer is applied. If still visible, they will dissipate during the next year as the deck fades. We recommend carbide-tipped saw blades and high-quality drills for smooth cuts.
|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|