If you are planning on constructing a deck on your property, you me be overwhelmed when it comes to the amount of different materials there are to choose from. Have you considered choosing Ipe wood though? While it may not be for everyone, there are some great benefits to gain for choosing Ipe wood decking. In the following post we are going to look at a few of those benefits.
Most people nowadays are concerned about the damage we are all doing to the environment, so It’s not surprising really if you are trying to find materials that will do as little damage as possible, even when creating that perfect decking area on your property. Ipe wood is an eco-friendly material. It is harvested from real Ipe trees, normally from Brazil that are fully sustainable and renewable. In fact, from planting, an Ipe tree only takes 30 years to be fully mature.
Part of the reason why Ipe wood has become so popular in recent years is due to the fact that it is high density, durable and therefore lasts a long time. It has natural resistance to decay, rot and termites and has also has a fire rating of Class A. So, it is not only hardwearing and will last a long time, as we will see in greater detail further down, but it is also a safe choice of material and won’t accidentally catch light and cause a devastating fire.
Robust and Tough
As a hardwood that is extremely robust, Ipe wood does not sag in the same way as synthetic materials. It is also very stable in both cold and hot conditions and won’t contract or expand like other natural woods. Furthermore, it has high levels of resistance to gouges and scrapes, so will keep its unique and attractive appearance for much longer than other woods and synthetic materials.
Naturally Resistant to Splinters
Some people say that the foot is the most sensitive part of the body. Therefore, protect you, your family and relatives from getting those nasty splinters that often occur with other natural wood decking and invest in Ipe wood decking instead.
Naturally Non-Slip Surface
Compared to other materials, Ipe wood is virtually non-slip and has successfully been tested and is fully compliant with the ASIM-C1028-89 regulations. This is obviously an important feature for any decking you are planning, because you want it to be safe enough for you and anyone else in your household, as well as guests to enjoy. Knowing they won’t accidentally slip, even when the surface is dry, can take a lot of pressure and weight off your shoulders.
That Rich Chocolate-Brown Tone
Ultimately, you want a decking that looks good and fits in with the rest of your property. If you are looking for something that resembles the classy sophisticated of deep mahogany, but that is strong and more sustainable, then Ipe wood is a great choice. Even if you want something a bit lighter in tone, you will find a full range of Ipe colours from light brown through to luxuriously deep and dark browns.