Ipe (pronounced ee-pay) is a Brazilian hardwood that’s known for its strength, durability, and beauty. It’s also know for how long it lasts. Because Ipe is so dense, it’s virtually impervious to bugs so you won’t have any bug damage. Water and sun are often the two biggest factors in aging wood. Ipe is so dense that very little water is absorbed so it does not have the regular expansion and contraction that other woods have. Ipe also has very little or no knots which are a weak point in wood. Its density also makes it less absorptive to mold, mildew and stains than other common softer deck woods.
You will notice in the pictures one of the distinguishing characteristics of ipe – the range of natural hues. Ipe is an exotic Brazilian hardwood. The colors of each board can vary from a deep warm brown to a golden shade and to various shades in between.
The deck below is a multi-level Ipe deck with a hot tub.