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IPE Technical Info

Toronto - Mississauga STORE


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Ipé wood is an environmentally responsible choice which naturally resists rot, decay, insects and mold without the use of toxic chemicals commonly found in other decking products. Its hardness, strength and beauty make it perfect for exterior wood decking and siding applications. It is naturally fire resistant and has been awarded an 'A1' rating in fire resistance.

Our Ipé wood is harvested from naturally sustainable forests only. It has very high wear durability in daily use and is resistant to splintering and checking. Its longevity passes all other decking material choices, woods and composites included.


General Characteristics

Dark brown or reddish brown walnut colour. Ipé wood decking has a fine to medium texture.

Common Uses

Decking, flooring, siding, docks, interior wall panels, sunrooms and many others.


South America (specifically Brazil) and Central American. The Tabebuia tree can be found in a diverse number of areas.


IPE Decking Resources


IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources) IBAMA is a Brazilian governmental institute that was created to ensure the preservation and maintenance of the environment. It acts in the protection of Brazilian natural resources. All of our Ipé Decking is certified by a "Document of Origin" supervised by the IBAMA. This Certificate cannot be obtained by illegal lumber producers.

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) An international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. National Decking can also supply special orders of FSC Ipé wood.

IPE Decking Technical Info


Ipe decking has specific gravity of 0.85 to 1.08. Air dried density is 66 to 75 lbs. per cubic ft.

Drying & Contraction (green to kiln-dried)

Radial 6.6%, tangential 8.0%, volumetric 13.2%

Hardness Rating

Ipe hardwood Janka Hardness Rating of 3,680 lbs with air-dried decking and 12% moisture content.

Fire Resistance (Canadian Norms)

Tested by Underwriters’ Laboratories Of Canada, Our Ipe decking has passed the Intermittent Flame Test and The Spread of Flame Test for the CAN/ULC S107 equivalent of ANSI /UL 790 (STANDARD METHODS OF FIRE TESTS OF ROOF COVERINGS) and has been qualified as ‘Class A’, and therefore admissible as a rooftop finishing in non-combustible building class requirement buildings.

" Canadian Fire rating test results are available only after the purchase of our Ipe Wood decking "

Fire Resistance (USA)

Ipe was tested by the National Fire Protection Agency (ASTM-E84) and received the highest classification for Flame.


Up to Class A, Uniform Building Code, Class 1.

Termite Resistance

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory-Highest Rating.

Slip Resistance

Ipe wood decking exceeds the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for Static Coefficient of friction in a wet environment and met all ASTM-C1028-89 test requirements.


Exceeds all existing code requirements for exterior constructions and has been ASTM-D143 tested.


If left untreated, Ipe wood decking will last 60+ years, by applying an oil finish it can last up to 100 years.

Pile of wooden board sample