2 x 6 Ipe
2 x 6 Ipe – Solid Hardwood Support for Your Deck
One thing that you can expect from an 2 x 6 Ipe is toughness. Ipe is the most time-proven and thoroughly tested hardwoods on the market. 2 x 6 Ipe is a great choice of hardwood if you are looking to build a pergola, gazebo, add better support to your deck and more. It is slowly milled in our mills across the country down to a net ‘finished’ dimension of approximately 1 1/2″ thick x 5 1/2″ wide. This profile is available in a variety of lengths from three feet up to twenty feet long.
Ipe’s botanical name is Tabebuia. It sometimes also called Brazilian walnut and Ironwood. An untreated piece of Ipe has a rich brown color with some boards exhibiting red and amber tones. If left untreated Ipe will naturally mature to a smooth silver patina.
However if you are looking to retain Ipe’s beautiful bold colors you can use an intermittent coating of Ipe Oil. Ipe Oil is a great product that will help preserve the brown, red and amber hues of your project. Applying Ipe Oil is a great way to make sure that your boards will look like new and maintain their beautiful color for decades.
Ipe has a demonstrated ability to resist wood rot, mold, decay and wood boring insects. This helps make Ipe the best material for customers who want a dependable, all weather hardwood. It has been tested and shown to outlast composites and other alternative materials. This is thanks to its high density and all natural oils. Its dense grain also gives Ipe a heap of other benefits. Research from both the US Naval Laboratory and the US Forest Research Laboratory has shown that Ipe has a lifespan of up to 75 years. With Ipe you’ll get peace of mind that your project will be solid and beautiful for years to come.
It is also resistant to cracking and splintering. It will require little maintenance throughout its lifespan all while holding onto its great benefits. All that is needed to keep your project clean is an occasional surface washing.
When you compare Ipe to other woods like Southern Yellow Pine and Douglas fir, you will find that it outperforms in numerous ways. This includes Density, Stability, Durability and Lifespan. It has been proven to outperform these products during its lifespan while also providing a beautiful look to any home or job site.
For more information about Ipe feel free to contact us and get your free 2 x 6 Ipe quote!