Beauty, strength, and natural resilience
Also known as ironwood, ipe (pronounced “EE-pay”) is an extremely dense, tropical hardwood with exceptional durability and natural insect resistance. Ipe is three times harder than cedar, and it has the same fire rating as concrete and steel. Ipe is also resistant to mildew and decay, making it ideal for projects in the Pacific Northwest. The wood can last over 25 years, and up to half a century with proper maintenance.
Ipe’s high oil and tannin content help ensure long-term durability, protecting the wood physically as well as preserving its warm, rich appearance. Plus, ipe’s density allows it to withstand the most demanding environments—from the famous Coney Island boardwalk to the wet, seasonal environments out here Oregon and Washington. Ipe decking installation in, is one of our most popular options.
So, what happens when ipe’s natural strength meets conventional saws and drills? If your contractor isn’t careful, ipe can get the best of them. In fact, this wood is so strong that even professional contractors’ tools can quickly become blunted, and ipe will actually reject nails in a short time. That’s why every ipe project requires the specialized tools and knowledge of an experienced ipe craftsman. Creative Fences and Decks has been providing Portland, OR, with ipe deck installation for years—we know how to get the job done.