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Ipe FAQ’s: Questions & Answers

How much does Ipe cost?

Ipe is priced due to market demand and supply. At any given time it may vary. It also matters what quality of boards you buy. Ipe costs are usually around $2.00-$2.50/LF for 1×4 Standard boards. Today the cost of Ipe might be different than tomorrow, you really need to get a quote as the prices change by market demand and inventory. But you also have to understand if you comparing to other woods Ipe lasts over 70 years! So it’s not really fair to compare Ipe on a price per linear foot basis. To be more specific and try to answer that question Ipe costs start at about $2/linear foot for 1×4 and go up from there. That would mean that it would be about $6/square foot.


How do you pronounce “Ipe”?

Ipe is actually pronounced E-Pay. The word is Portuguese so its not said how it is spelled. But don’t worry, no matter how you say it we will know what you are talking about! Use the sound clip below to hear how it is said.


Can Ipe be used around a fire?

Yes! Ipe has up to a Class A fire rating which is the same as steel or concrete. It is the perfect natural option around a fire.


Can I buy already weathered Ipe?

Ipe that is weathered may be available, contact us for details.


How can I treat my Ipe to get a weathered look?

If you want that look you do not treat it with anything other than end sealers and it will naturally turn grey. Not only that if you decided to, but you can also bring it back to a beautiful brown. Ipe can last over 75 years untreated.


Why Choose Ipe?

In our opinion, it is the best wood all around.  The perfect mixture of most durable, lowest maintenance, best-looking wood mother nature makes. Withstands splintering or checking looks beautiful in its natural state or treated. Same fire rating as concrete and bugs don’t like eating it! Also, visit our what is ipe decking page if you have more questions.


Kiln Dried vs Air Dried

Ipe is most commonly used for outdoor applications. This is due to the durability and longevity of the material. Ipe is best used with an outdoor application when it is air-dried or kiln-dried. The moisture content of air-dried Ipe is usually around 18% this is perfect for outdoor application. It will keep the wood stable in heat, rain, wind and cold temperature swings and maximize the over 75-year life of this wood. When Ipe is kiln-dried the moisture content is reduced to around 8-10%. Kiln-dried usually costs a bit more. The thing is that Kiln can be used anywhere, but air-dried is usually only used outdoors. However, if you desire kiln-dried we usually can accommodate that also.

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What color variations does Ipe have?

Ipe can vary greatly from batch to batch and board to board. We do our best to color match our orders. But remember the wood is natural. If you are treating the wood this will matter a bit less. Ipe color can vary like you see here. Here is an example of Ipe color variance.

Ipe Color Variance:


How long does Ipe last?

Depending on exposure and treatment Ipe will probably last your lifetime. It is the longest-lasting outdoor wood, it can last over 75 years.


Is Ipe real wood?

Yes, Ipe is real wood and it comes from real trees! Ipe is not a brand but the actual type of tree and lumber.


Is Ipe the hardest wood?

Ipe is not the hardest wood. But it is the hardest wood that typically is used for decking. Interestingly enough most the harder woods are sold by the pound and not by the linear foot. They are used frequently for instruments. As far as decking, siding or fencing then yes, Ipe is the hardest used for these applications.


Is Ipe the same as Ironwood?

Ironwood is more of a classification, stating the wood is extremely dense. There are a few different types of Ironwoods, but yet Ipe is one of them. There is also a brand that is similar that is used as a trademark for referencing their Ipe.


Which deck material is the best?

Hands down, Ipe is the best material you can use for a deck. Of course the “best” is subjective to some degree. But Ipe is generally, the hardest, longest lasting and most desired material for decks.


Is Ipe the same as Brazilian Walnut?

Like many things American’s try to make American names for things that are not American. Ipe is the exact same thing as Brazilian Walnut it is just a name someone made up because Ipe is a Portuguese word. 


Does Ipe get hot?

Yes, when the heat is applied everything gets hot including Ipe. But Ipe does have a more desirable dissipation of heat than its competitors.


Do you need to stain Ipe?

No, you do not need to stain Ipe. However, if you want it to stay brown, red and dark you will need to apply a U.V. Coating. We recommend for maintaining this color that you use Messemers U.V.


Can Ipe be stained?

Ipe is so dense that staining it doesn’t really work the same as other woods. but you can certainly us a protective coating that looks and acts like a “stain”. Again this would be Messemers U.V.


How do you clean Ipe?

Some people use power washers and brushes. We recommend using Messmer’s WDA-1 Wood Cleaner for cleaning.


Does Ipe need to be sealed?

Ipe does not need any “sealer” in fact the wood is dense, that it doesn’t really take sealer anyways. The products used on Ipe are not really sealers as much as UV protectants. It is the sunlight that turns Ipe grey, and using these products can help protect against that. However, we do recommend sealing the ends of the boards. The part where the grain is exposed can split easier if not sealed. We do this on most orders at the mills prior to shipping, But if you cut the boards take this into consideration.


Where is Ipe Grown?

Ipe comes from Central and South America. The hostile climate in these areas makes the trees grow more dense wood. Nearly all of the Ipe we sell comes from Brazil. It is the most popular of the countries to export the lumber from.

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