When you are looking for a nice quality hardwood to use to build a deck on your home, you should consider Brazilian walnut, which is also called Ipe or Epay wood, depending on where you find it. This type of decking is an olive brown to black, often featuring variegated striping. The texture of the decking is fine to medium, while the grain is straight to irregular. It is one of the hardest natural woods available used for outdoor purposes.
Epay wood has been used for both residential and commercial applications. It can be used to build decks, boat docks, boardwalks along beaches, pool decks for in-ground and above-ground pools, and other such applications. Ipe has natural resistances to decay, rot and insect infestations, so it is not necessary to seal the wood. However, some people do prefer the original color of the wood, so they will use a UV protectant to maintain this color and prevent it from turning a silver-gray. Ipe decking has an average lifespan of a hundred or more years, without using any preservatives or sealers. Unlike composite decking, Ipe is a natural resource that does not fill landfills, since it does biodegrade.
You can find the available dimensions of Ipe wood on our website, here at ABSWood, to help you determine the total number of boards needed for your decking project. Should you need further assistance in choosing boards, or have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us directly. We are more than willing to discuss your project needs and help you figure out the best materials to use, as well as to provide you with pricing.