3 x 8 Ipe
3 x 8 Ipe – Versatile, Long Lasting Hardwood
3 x 8 Ipe is a great option for Pergolas, Gazebos, Bridges and more. This thick profile makes it a very strong stable piece of hardwood that can be used for many parts of a project. We slowly mill this profile down in our mills across the country to a net ‘finished’ dimension of approximately 2 1/2″ thick x 7 1/4″ wide. It is available in lengths from three to twenty feet.
Ipe’s botanical name is Tabebuia. It has also been called Brazilian Walnut and Ironwood. An untreated piece of Ipe has a deep rich brown grain color with some boards showcasing red and amber hues. If left untreated Ipe will naturally age to a smooth silver patina.
Ipe has a proven ability to resist wood rot, mold, decay and wood boring insects. This makes it a great option for customers who want a long lasting durable decking material. It has been proven to outlast other decking materials. This is thanks to its high density and natural oils. Its dense grain also gives Ipe plenty of other benefits.
Based on research conducted by the US Naval Laboratory and the US Forest Research Laboratory Ipe has a proven lifespan of up to 75 years. You won’t have to worry about replacing your project for decades to come. It is also resistant to cracking and splintering. It will require little maintenance over its lifespan will retaining its great benefits. To keep the deck clean all that is needed is a periodic surface cleaning.
To retain Ipe’s stunning colors you can easily apply an occasional coating of Ipe Oil. Ipe Oil is a great product that will help preserve the brown, red and amber hues of your project. It will allow your project to look like new for years to come.
When compared to Douglas fir and Southern Yellow Pine Ipe outperforms in many categories. This includes Density, Stability, Durability and Lifespan. Ipe will outperform any hardwood alternatives in any climate. It has been proven to outshine these products during its lifespan while providing a sophisticated look to any home or job site.
For more information about Ipe feel free to contact us and get your free 3 x 8 Ipe quote!