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Ipe Specifications

Did you know that there are at least 20 species of ipe? Many customers have told us that other suppliers jumble species & grades. Unlike other companies, the data we provide is always on the ipe variety called Lapacho. This variety is stronger and has a more appealing colors. Don't be deceived by retailers that don’t disclose this critical information. They are charging you more and giving you less!

Ipe Decking Names

Scientific / Botanical Name:Tabebuia spp. (Lapacho group)

Common Name: Ipe (pronounced EE-PAY)

Additional Names: Brazilian Walnut, Amapa, Cortez, Guayacan polvillo, Flor Amarillo, Greenheart, Madera negra, Tahuari, Lapacho negro

Ipe Decking Characteristics

General Characteristics: Dark brown or reddish brown walnut color. Ipe wood decking has a fine to medium texture . The bole of an ipe tree can have a diameter of 6 feet. Some trees grow as tall as 150 feet. However, it is more common to see trees that are 100 ft. tall with a diameter between 2 to 3 feet.

Common Uses: Decking, flooring, siding, docks, interior wall panels, sunrooms and many others.

Origin: South America (specifically Brazil), Central America the Lesser Antilles. The Tabebuia tree can be found in a diverse number of areas.

Did you know that ipe decking can be harvested through sustainable forestry methods? Be wary of companies that simply stick an “eco-friendly” label on their wood. Check to see if they are members of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and other associations like the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) before you buy.

Moisture Content: Air dried to approximately 12% for use on exterior projects. It is highly recommended to use kiln-dried ipe for interior areas that will be exposed to artificial heat and/or air-conditioning. Consult with us about adequate moisture content levels for your area.

Install Tricks & Tips:

  • Blunting effect on cutters
  • Routs nicely
  • Use carbide tipped saw blades
  • Must be predrilled for fastening
  • Recommended stainless steel screws (305 or 316 grade)

Durability: If left untreated ipe wood decking will last 40+ years. When a deck oil / finish is applied to all four sides prior to installation, an ipe deck can last up to 100 years. The USFPL (United States Forest Products Lab) classified ipe decking as “Very Durable” (their highest rating).

An ipe deck will be very resistant to:

  • Termite attack
  • Cupping
  • Bending
  • Decay
  • Fungi
  • Mold
  • Wood Rot

Ipe Decking Technical Info

Weight: Ipe wood decking has specific gravity of 0.85 to 1.08. Air dried density is 66 to 75 lbs. per cubic ft. A 3/4" thick finish material weights approx. 4.5 lbs. per sq ft.

Drying & Contraction (green to kiln-dried): Radial 6.6%, tangential 8.0%, volumetric 13.2%. Small movement after being milled. As the weather changes, average movement for an air-dried deck board about 6" wide is roughly 1/16".

HARDNESS RATING: Ipe hardwood has a Janka Hardness Rating of 3,680 lbs with air-dried decking and 12% moisture content. When tested (ASTM-D143), an ipe deck is around eight times harder than California redwood & three times stronger than teak. Ipe decking holds up even in harsh climates and extreme conditions.


FIRE RESISTANCE - Tested by the National Fire Protection Agency (ASTM-E84). Ipe wood decking received the highest classification for Flame Spread: Up to Class A, Uniform Building Code, Class 1.

SLIP RESISTANCE - Our ipe decking exceeds the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for Static Coefficient of friction in a wet environment. Ipe wood decking has also met the ASTM-C1028-89 test requirements as well.

STRENGTH - Three times stronger than Cedar, our inventory of ipe decking exceeds all existing code requirements for exterior constructions and has been ASTM-D143 tested. An ipe deck will be able to structurally handle many square feet of snow!

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