Four Reasons to Install Ipe Decking

If you’re looking for a luxurious and strong wood decking option, the crew at SEAL-A-DECK highly recommends Ipe. There is a wide variety of wood and synthetic options, but there are many reasons to invest in this wood decking option. Throughout New England, ipe is the perfect option for a long lasting and sustainable decking. Here are the top reasons why choosing ipe is a great idea for your next outdoor living space project.

Durability and Maintenance

Ipe wood is probably best known for its durability. The Spruce says that ipe is “hard—or harder—than nails (it’s been known to bend nails)” and “is so dense that it often needs to be pre-drilled before pieces are connected.” This wood option will not be harmed with most any type of weather that comes across New England. You will not need to do much maintenance, if any, on your deck once it is installed with ipe. It is mold and mildew resistant therefore, even as the seasons change your deck will be just fine and won’t easily rot like other types of wood. SEAL-A-DECK does recommend getting the joints and foundation checked every year just to ensure that your family and guests will be as safe as possible, but this is just preventive and often does not result in major fixes. Our Advantage Plan would be a great option to save you money on these inspections and get those pre-scheduled at your convenience.

Fire Resistant

A really neat thing about ipe is that it is amazingly fire resistant. It has the same fire rating as steel and concrete, therefore it is a better option than any of the softwoods in this regard. You will not have to worry about this wood type being a liability for your home. Not only is it durable against anything Mother Nature can throw at it, it is absolutely safe against fire and stays cool on even the hottest summer days.


Ipe is sourced from some of the world’s most beautiful Brazilian trees. It comes from the seven types of Tabebuia genus that is only found in Central and South America. Wood from these trees come in a rich dark color that exudes the beauty of fine wood. If natural-looking wood is the direction you’d like to go in with your deck, SEAL-A-DECK recommends ipe for its texture and appeal.


If reading all of these other pros makes you a bit nervous about the price tag of ipe, you can breathe a bit easier. Home Advisor lists ipe at $4 to $8 per linear foot compared to $3 to $7 for a typical pressure treated wood. This is such a small difference for the quality that you will get. Your investment will be easily returned to you with the little to no maintenance that will be required year over year. Ipe turns out to be one of the most cost efficient because of this reason and a great option for those looking to get as many years out of their decking material as possible.

Install Your Ipe Deck Today

Ipe is a great option for any customer looking to enhance their outdoor living space. We would love to chat with you about even more advantages of ipe and how we go about installing it. Give us a call today at 1-866-SEALADECK to get an estimate or complete our handy online instant request form for a speedy response.


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