5/4 x 8 Ipe
5/4 x 8 Ipe – The Best Wood for Fascia & More
If you’re building a multi-level deck, need wood stair risers, or skirting material, 5/4 x 8 Ipe is a wonderful option to choose. Fascia also made of Ipe wood will outlast many ineffective solutions that require a ton of unnecessary maintenance. This profile is slowly milled in our warehouse across the country to a net ‘finished’ dimension of approximately 1″ x 7 1/4″. We have lengths available up to twenty feet for this profile.
Ipe’s botanical name is Tabebuia. It also has been referred to as Brazilian walnut and Ironwood. An untreated piece of Ipe has a deep rich brown color with some boards showing red and amber hues. If left untreated Ipe will naturally age to a smooth silver patina over it’s lifespan.
Ipe has a demonstrated 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 hardwood material. It has been proven to outlast composites and other alternative materials. This is thanks to its high density and all natural in grain oils. Its dense grain also gives Ipe a number of other benefits. According to research from both the US Naval Laboratory and the US Forest Research Laboratory Ipe has a tested 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 while retaining its great benefits. To keep the boards clean all that is needed is a periodic surface cleaning.
To retain Ipe’s stunning colors you can use 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. Applying Ipe Oil is a great way to ensure that your boards will look like new and hold their color for many years to come.
When compared to the likes of Douglas fir and Southern Yellow Pine Ipe outperforms in many categories. This includes Density, Stability, Durability and Lifespan. It has been proven to outshine these products and more during its lifespan while providing a refined modern look to any home or job site.
For more information about Ipe feel free to contact us and get your free 5/4 x 8 Ipe quote!