Ipe Questions and Answers


Ipe (epay) FAQs


Question: "What is Ipe... some kind of composite like Trex? And how do you pronounce it?"

Answer: Ipe (pronounced e-pay) is a naturally durable hardwood that has been rated as a 25 year + wood by the U.S. Forest Products Lab.

Question: "Where is Ipe from?"

Answer: High quality Ipe is a South America hardwood. Lower quality Ipe comes from Central America. To competively bid for our contractors' and homeowners' Ipe orders, the Ipe suppliers we use are required to harvest from South America.

Question: What are some of Ipe's other names? Are Ironwood and Pau Lope the same thing?

Answer: There is actually a lot of confusion concerning Ipe. Ipe is also known as Ironwood©, Pau Lope, Brazilian Cherry, Cambera, Brazilian Walnut flooring, Greenheart wood, Jatoba, purple heart wood, massaranduba to name a few. These are not all Ipe, but they are from closely related species and are frequently used to mean Ipe.

Question: Is an Ipe deck naturally resistant to termites and decay?

Answer: Ipe is so dense that insects do not bother Ipe decks and Ipe decks do not rot. Throw a piece of Ipe in water and watch it sink.

Question: Does Ipe wood require a sealer?

Answer: No. Ipe wood does not require any type of sealer to maintain its resistance to decay and insects. You should seal the ends of the Ipe decking to prevent end checking (called end wax). A penetrating UV-inhibited sealer may be applied to maintain the natural brown luster of the wood. Sikkens makes an excellent product. But Super Shield looks better than Sikkens and last 5 to 10 times longer!

Question: Is Ipe lumber expensive?

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