Ipe Wood Adjusts to Any Climate

Published: 24th September 2010
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People across the world consistently use Ipe wood in many indoor and outdoor projects. It is the ideal choice for hardwood, from decking to siding. Ipe maintains such high environmental standards and its natural properties make it the toughest and longest lasting material available. Ipe wood easily stands up to harsh climates and does so with minimal maintenance.

When considering the hardwood you will use for your next project, one thing to think about is how it is affected by various environmental changes, like climate. Ipe wood is renowned for being able to tolerate extreme weather and it adapts to any climate or change in climate. There is almost no shrinkage or expansion on Ipe lengthwise, but it will shrink widthwise as it dries. Ipe should be allowed to acclimate for at least one week to stabilize it for the area of application. The minimal shrinking does not normally affect its structural integrity.

Ipe is a very strong exotic hardwood due to the fact that it is extremely dense and tight grained. Ipe’s tight grains help it resist cracking and splitting during the seasons. You won’t find the crevices in Ipe that are in other softer woods like Redwood, Cedar, and pressure treated Pine. Ipe can also withstand heat and humidity. It does this better than any other natural or composite material. It won’t burn bare feet like composites do.

Ipe is a great product to use for projects subjected to outdoor elements and near constant exposure to water. It is a great choice for decking around swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas because it is slip resistant. Decking made from Ipe wood helps prevent accidents. Ipe wood exceeds the requirements for friction on wet surfaces made by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Another advantage of Ipe wood is that it provides no splintering, which is important around pools where most people will be barefoot.

By finishing your Ipe wood, it will also provide longevity and help it stand up to extreme weather changes. You may choose to seal the wood or stain it. Ipe may be sealed by applying an oil finish, such as Ipe OilTM and Messmers UV Plus. These finishes should be reapplied periodically to maintain its desired look. On the other hand, Ipe may also be left in its natural state and allowed to weather to a silver gray hue. No other maintenance would be required, except for normal cleaning. Whether you decide to finish your Ipe wood or let it go untreated, both options show the real beauty of Ipe.

Ipe wood is very durable, strong, versatile, and dense. It has a natural ability to stand up to environmental changes, including extreme warm, cold and wet weather. Ipe wood is the longest lasting material available and is the perfect option for any decking project.

Learn about Ipe Wood and why it's a great decking option for your outdoor deck, patio, or porch.

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