Handroanthus spp. is the scientific name of the most commonly known Brazilian hardwood, Ipe. In some regions, particularly in the US, Ipe is called Brazilian Walnut in traders’ tongue. This type of hardwood holds a reputation of being one of the hardest and strongest in the world, making it perfect for decking applications. Here are some of the many solid reasons why Ipe wood is marvelous to work with:
- In terms of appearance, Ipe wood has a gorgeous color of dark brown with a variety of rings and stripes in black, yellowish brown, and sometimes a slightly dark olive green. The graining pattern of Ipe is beautiful and refined. As it ages, this type of wood gradually turns into a silver gray color if not coated with UV-blocking finishers after installation.
- In terms of longlastedness, Ipe wood is very hard and stiff. It has the ability to resist rot and decay very naturally. Because this wood is hard to penetrate, simple tools might not be enough to use during installation. Ipe is also rendered impermeable to decay-causing organisms (mold) and insects. Moreover, due to its much refined graining pattern and stiffness, this wood is highly resistant to scratches.
- In terms of durability, Ipe wood is on top of the list. With its combination of its stiffness, hardness, and texture, this wood will last 25 years or longer. This characteristic makes it perfect for docks, boardwalks, veneers, and decks.
- In terms of its preservation, Ipe wood has no need for maintenance at all. You can prolong its beauty with UV-blocking finishers, but there is no need to apply anything to preserve Ipe’s hardness, strength, and stiffness.
Given its amazing qualities, there is no doubt that Ipe wood is one of the best choices when it comes to decking. It may cost you more money than other types of hardwood, but it is an excellent investment.