What Is Ipe Decking?
Also known as Brazilian Walnut, Ipe decking (pronounced "ee-pay") is a popular exotic wood from South America. Ipe is perfect for decking—resistant to rot, abrasion, insects, and extremely durable. With our climate, it is a popular decking material choice amongst homeowners looking for a vibrant wood deck that will withstand the elements.
Ipe wood comes from the Tabebuia Tree, which is sourced from a large geographic area in the tropics of America and subtropics of Mexico, Argentina, and the Caribbean. Its resilience and longevity in outdoor climates is due, largely in part, to the tropical environment the tree exists in.
Advantages of Ipe Decking
Ipe Decking is essentially as close to composite decking as wood can get. Due to its long life in the outdoors, it is a popular choice for wooden decks in the area. In general, Ipe decking can last four to seven times longer than its pressure-treated counterpart (not to mention its resilience amongst bugs and rot). It is a popular choice for decks we build in the Asheville area.
Ipe Decking Costs
In general, Ipe Decking is slightly more expensive than its pressure-treated counterpart, but the overall maintenance costs throughout the lifespan of the deck are lower due to the toughness of the material.
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