Ipe (spelled ipe and pronounced “ee-pay”), also referred to as Brazilian walnut, is a beautiful exotic wood from South America. Ipe wood structures are hard, strong, and naturally resistant to rot, abrasion, weather, and insects. It is almost twice as dense as most woods and up to 5 times harder. It is medium to darker brown in color, such as a mahogany, so not merely lasts a long time but has the beauty of a fine interior wood. If Ipe lumber is allowed to patina, color can be brought to its original shade with the use a cleaner and brightener. Ipe wood lumber has turned into a extremely popular and cheap substitute for teak .
Ipe Wood Lumber is used for Ipê Decking along with other outdoor applications like furniture, siding, and fencing. Its has a extremely extended life inside the outdoors. It may last as much as 75 years and definately will last more than 40years in just about all applications. That is 4-7 times as long as most pressure treated woods. If you want to build something to last for some time, Ipe is an excellent choice.
Ipe wood is really a commodity just like all woods, so pricing changes according to availability, quantity, as well as the market. As being a direct importer we are able to provide extremely competitive pricing. So please contact us today. The buying price of Ipe is greater than pressure treated pine or cedar however it lasts often longer than either of those options.
Ipe comes from the Tabebuia Tree, which can be indigenous to the American tropics and subtropics from Mexico as well as the Caribbean to Argentina. The wood is sourced coming from a huge geographic area.
Part of the reason behind woods toughness is the Tropical Environment it exists in. It has natural hardness and oils that make it a naturally treated wood which will last a long time in all environments. Primarily sold as decking or flooring, boards for furniture or general use are occasionally available as well. Costs are moderate for an imported tropical species.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red Listing of Threatened Species. However, Ipe species grow in suprisingly low densities, with mature trees only occurring once per 300,000 to 1,000,000 sq . ft . (3 to 10 hectares) of forest area. This necessitates the clearing of large parts of rainforest trees (most of which are of little commercial value). Though uncommon, certified causes of Ipe are available.
Heartwood can vary colored from reddish brown, to a more yellowish olive brown or darker blackish brown; sometimes with contrasting darker brown/black stripes. In particular species, there are powdery droquh deposits in the wood. Ipe can be challenging to distinguish visually from Cumaru, another dense South American timber, though Ipe is usually darker, and lacks the subtle yet characteristic vanilla/cinnamon scent while being worked.
Rated as very durable; excellent insect resistance, though some species are prone to marine borers. Superb weathering characteristics. (Ipe was applied for your boardwalk over the beach of New York City’s Coney Island, and was thought to have lasted 25 years before it should be replaced: a fantastic lifespan given the quantity of traffic and environmental stresses put upon the wood.)
Overall, Ipe is a difficult wood to function, being extremely hard and dense, rich in cutting resistance during sawing. Ipe even offers a pronounced blunting impact on cutting edges. The wood generally planes smoothly, but the grain can tearout on interlocked areas. Also, Ipe can be challenging to glue properly, and surface preparation prior to gluing is suggested. Straight-grained wood turns well, although the natural powdery yellow deposits can occasionally hinder polishing or finishing the wood.