Hardwood decks are some of the strongest and most durable decks available, and they also have the rich beauty of premium wood.
Ipé is an exotic hardwood, Tabebuia serritofolia, used to make high quality decking boards. Throughout the United States, it is also known under various other trademarked names. While Hayward calls Ipé by its common name, it is anything but common. Along with its durability, it possesses a rich beauty that will add value and distinction to any home. Want to make sure that you maintain the original dark, rich, walnut color? Ipé will weather to a soft, silver patina if left in its natural state. Should you wish to retain the walnut color, apply an oil-based UV inhibitor product.
Ipe Hardwood decking lumber is naturally resistant to wear, rot, splintering, termites, fire, marine borers, and virtually every other threat imaginable. Hayward stocks this incredibly dense and strong decking lumber in lengths ranging from 8 feet to 20 feet. Ipe railings are also available.
Ipe is indeed tough. Whereas other deck materials have a life span of 15 years, Ipe earned a top durability rating of 25 plus years in commercial applications such as Atlantic City. Its indestructibility can be attributed to its incredible density. It weighs 69 lbs per cu. ft. compared to redwood (28 lbs)! And Ipe is five times harder! No wood compares to its superior strength.
Hayward also sells Mangaris, Machiche and a wide variety of other tropical woods that may be used for decks