2 x 12 Ipe
2 x 12 Ipe – Great Material for Bridges, Docks, & Pavilions
2 x 12 Ipe is a great material with many purposes. It’s useful for building unique structures like garden bridges, docks, arbors, pavilions and more! This profile is slowly milled down to the net’finished’ dimensions of approximately 1 1/2″ thick x 11 1/4″ wide. It is also available in lengths from three to twenty two feet. With this hardwood you will get a solid board that will last for decades to come.
Ipe’s botanical name is Tabebuia, but has also been called Brazilian walnut and Ironwood. An untreated board of Ipe has a deep rich brown color with some pieces showing red and amber hues. If left untreated through it’s lifetime Ipe will age naturally to a smooth silver patina. Leaving it untreated however will not change Ipe’s structural integrity.
With it’s proven ability to resist wood rot, mold, decay and wood boring insects, it is a great option for customers who want a long lasting durable hardwood option. It has been proven to outlast other materials such as composite and softwoods. This is thanks to its density and natural in grain oils. Its dense grain also gives Ipe plenty of other benefits. According to research conducted by the US Naval Laboratory and the US Forest Research Laboratory, It has a proven lifespan of up to 75 years! you won’t have to worry about replacing your boards for decades to come. It is also resistant to cracking and splintering. It will need very little maintenance over its lifespan all while retaining its great benefits. To keep the deck clean all that is needed is an occasional surface washing.
If you desire to keep Ipe’s stunning natural colors you can simply apply an occasional coating of Ipe Oil. Ipe Oil is a great product that will help protect the deep brown, red and amber hues of your decking project. WIth Ipe Oil you can be sure that your project will look stunning and fresh for years to come.
Ipe will outperform any hardwood alternatives or composites in any climate. It has been proven to outshine these products during its lifespan while bringing a modern refined look to any home.
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