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Ipe Decks and Porches in Kansas City and surrounding areas

Beauty and Durability

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.

To see more pictures of Ipe decks, view our Kansas City Ipe decks photo gallery

The screened porch below has an Ipe floor. This hard floor is very resistant to scratching and staining because of the density of the wood. It may last 50 years or more so it’s a popular choice for a room that will serve your family for many years to come.

How hardness is measured

The hardness of wood is measured by the Janka hardness test. This test measures the force required to embed a small steel ball into the wood at half of the ball’s diameter. The purpose of this test is to determine the suitable uses for the wood.

Common North American soft woods such as pine has a hardness factor of 800-900 but nowhere near ipe. On this same scale, ipe has a hardness factor of about 3,700. This makes it ideal for outdoor structures such as decks, docks, porches and more.

Care and cleaning

Your Ipe deck or porch must be sealed with an oil if you want to maintain the rich warm color. It does not need to be sealed but it will fade to a beautiful driftwood gray. Depending on climate and location of your deck, the treatment process needs to be done every 1-2 years. It will vary with the amount of sun, rain, and other environmental factors and use. If you do let it go and you can’t bring it back with pressure-washing, you can bring it back by sanding.

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