For homeowners seeking a sophisticated, authentic, and durable outdoor living area, IPE decking is often the top choice. Also known as Brazilian Walnut and pronounced as “ee-pay”’ IPE wood is highly suitable for constructing decks, offering a range of benefits:
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Ipe wood is one of the densest and strongest natural decking materials available. It surpasses cedarwood in hardness and strength, making it highly durable. Even after years of exposure to the elements, Ipe withstands Toronto’s harsh weather conditions.
Due to its density, Ipe wood has a low flame-spread rating, comparable to steel and concrete. This fire resistance makes it suitable for decking in areas prone to wildfires and provides peace of mind during barbecues or accidental fires.
Ipe wood contains natural oils that do not only protect against moisture damage, but also repel insects.
Low Heat Retention
Ipe wood retains less heat compared to other wood, composite, or PVC decking alternatives. Walking on your Ipe deck will be comfortable even on the hottest and sunniest days.
Ipe wood’s warm and rich tones are visually appealing and complement any house’s color palette. Its natural hues range from yellow or red-brown to dark brown with beautiful striping. Additionally, the application of Ipe oil enhances the deck’s luster. Over time, the deck will weather to a silvery gray patina, but its beauty remains intact. You can preserve the original color by treating the wood with a UV coating or restore it with pressure washing, light sanding, and a wood brightening product.
IPE Decking: Enjoy The Natural
The authentic wood feel of an Ipe deck is unmatched by premium composite or PVC alternatives. It provides a solid, natural surface that adds to the overall experience.
While wood decking is often associated with high maintenance, Ipe wood requires minimal upkeep. After the initial sealing, an annual oiling and washing with a bleach-based cleaner are sufficient. This low maintenance routine ensures the longevity of your Ipe deck, which can easily last for at least 40 years and potentially over 100 years with proper installation and care.
Here at GMM, we have completed many IPE DECKS projects across Toronto and the GTA. We invite you to browse the images in the gallery below to see what we can do for you.
Does IPE wood decking require special maintenance?
While IPE wood decking is low maintenance, it benefits from periodic care to preserve its beauty and durability. Regular cleaning to remove debris and dirt is recommended. Additionally, applying a protective coat of oil annually or as needed can help maintain the color and protect the wood from weathering.
Is IPE wood decking environmentally friendly?
IPE wood decking is considered a sustainable choice. It is sourced from responsibly managed forests and is often certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Additionally, the durability and long lifespan of IPE wood contribute to its eco-friendliness, as it reduces the need for frequent replacements.
What are the advantages of IPE wood decking?
IPE wood decking offers several benefits, including a durability. IPE is one of the toughest and most durable decking materials available. It has a high density, making it resistant to scratches, dents, and general wear and tear.
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