Decking materials must be durable and long-lasting enough to withstand the elements and foot traffic. Brazilian walnut decking is one of those materials that you can consider for outdoor flooring because it is hard, highly resistant to rotting and insects, and comes in a rich and luxurious color that can make your deck or patio look more elegant. Brazilian walnut is also known as ‘Ipe’, and it must be premium grade with minimal imperfections and bowing to ensure the highest-quality decking material for your outdoor spaces.
Ipe is one of the hardest woods that naturally grow in South and Central America. Reputable suppliers make sure that the wood is sustainably and responsibly harvested to protect the environment and maintain compliance with the Lacey Act. Brazilian walnut is rated at 3,680 lbs on the Janka scale, making it three times as hard as oak or a baseball bat. Ipe’s denseness earned it an A1 fire rating, which is comparable to concrete. It is the density of Ipe wood that makes it deterrent to insect infestation, too.
Pine beetles, termites, and fungus can cause ordinary wood to rot prematurely, but don’t worry— Ipe can resist them that due to its natural oils and hardness. Hence, you can count on Brazilian walnut decking to hold up on its own for many years. Ipe is slip resistant, too, and this feature provides additional safety to your outdoor space.
The brown hue and elegant grain adds a luxurious look to your outdoor space. It is naturally brown, but the shades may vary while ensuring that the quality of the wood remains attractive. Some boards may be darker that they are almost black while others may appear red or greenish. But Brazilian walnut decking have very fine texture and a smooth graining pattern. A UV finisher will help maintain the rich color and details of the wood, or you can leave it be and let it gracefully age into a silver gray patina.