The original and still most common decking choice, wood is natural, strong, easy to install and feels good under bare feet. But it also requires an annual cleaning and can rot, splinter, and warp. Even though all wood naturally weathers to a gray color, it should be cleaned and re-stained every two to three years to keep it looking its best.
What is Ipe? A Brazilian species recognized for its strength and natural resistance to decay, Ipe (pronounced “e-pay”) is one of the most consistently durable and versatile timbers on the planet. The US Navy tested Ipe in a Panama Canal study beginning in 1962, and the results showed Ipe to be one of the top performing timbers in resistance to decay, termites, and borers. It dries extremely well with little checking, twisting, or bow. Ipe can be used in ground contact without preservatives or with additional treatments. Widely used in commercial exterior construction such as boardwalks, piers and benches, Ipe has become the best choice for residential decks due to its low maintenance, attractive color, and extremely smooth surface that stands the test of time.
It is also the ideal choice for environmentally friendly flooring because solid wood flooring is produced with timber from sustainable forests so each tree which is chopped down is replaced.