Awareness about the Ipe hardwood is not overly specifically with most decking contractors. Ipe is also known as the brazil walnut, this type of hardwood is pronounced as EE-PAY. It is more expensive than the rest of the hardwoods and Green Side Up Contracting prefers to work with Ipe hardwood for a number of reasons. Durability, its natural colour and beauty and great strength are just a few reasons why.
Benefits of Ipe Hardwood
- The reason why Green Side Up Contracting prefers Ipe hardwood is because of its intense and reliable strength. This type of wood is mold resistant, insect resistant and can adapt to different environments and temperatures. Moreover, like other wooden structures or cement structures, Ipe hardwood tends to contract or expand very little. Which is why the durability and structure of the Ipe hardwood can last for more than 50+ years. Even though it’s more expensive, the price is justified as it’s a good investment.
- Low Maintenance. This is a great advantage for people who do not want to spend back breaking hours cleaning the deck. To preserve the colour and beauty of the Ipe hardwood, all you need to do is apply Ipe oil or a rose based oil called penofin. This seals the natural colour of the Ipe hardwood for a long time, leaving you to enjoy the colour for a long period and making the atmosphere look fresh everyday. Even during the blistering heat of the sun, the Ipe hardwood retains its coolness and does not absorb the sunlight. As already said, ipe hardwood does not contract or expand as much as other hardwoods. Which is why your feet remain cool when touching the ipe hardwood floor or deck.