Ipe Hardwood Flooring and Decking, Brazilian Walnut

Technical species specifications for Ipe, Brazilian Walnut from StoneWood Design Center

  • Ipe, Brazilian Walnut Flooring
  • Stone Wood Design Center - Technical Information

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  • Scientific Name, Other Names: Tabebuia spp, Brazilian Ebony, Brazilian Walnut, Ironwood, Irontree, Tajibo, Guayacan, Lapacho, Arcwood, Extreme Ipe, ExtremeIpe
  • Description: Ipe is an incredibly durable wood. Its dense cell structure serves as a natural deterrent to insects, decay, and molds. Ipe is often the first choice for exterior decking because of its unparalleled ability to stand up to the elements. More than just durable, Ipe is also pleasing to the eye. Its heartwood is medium to dark olive brown with a range of dark reds. With a Class A fire rating, Ipe occupies the same class of fire-retardant materials as steel. For durability, safety, and beauty, Ipe makes an excellent choice.
  • Janka Hardness: 3,840 pounds
  • Strength (MOR): 25,400 psi
  • Stiffness (MOE): 3,140 1000 psi
  • Density (KG/m3): 1,025
  • Tangential Shrinkage: 8.0 %
  • Radial Shrinkage: 6.6 %
  • About: We specialize in both unfinished hardwood floors and prefinished flooring. Available width are 3", 4" and 5". Please see our product catalog for more information.
  • Family: Bignoniaceae
  • Tree Characteristics: The Ipe Tree can grow to 140 to 150 feet heigh while the diameter of its trunk can measure up to 6 feet. The average height and diameter for the Ipe tree is 100 feet and 2 to 3 feet, respectively.
  • Geographic Area: Ipe can be found in some of the Lesser Antilles and throughout continental tropical America. The tree can typically be found in marsh forests or ridge tops and riverbanks.
  • Color: Ipe heartwood contains shades of black and greenish-brown with some striping. The sapwood can be white or yellow toned.
  • Photosensitivity: Ipe's coloration is not greatly affected by light exposure.
  • Luster: Low to medium
  • Grain: Straight to very irregular
  • Texture: Fine to medium
  • Drying Characteristics: Air dries rapidly, exhibiting only minor warping and checking.
  • Working Characteristics: Ipe is rated as moderately difficult to work with, as it blunts cutting edges. It finishes smoothly with the exception of roey portions in the wood.
  • Durability Rating: Highly resistant to fungus and termites.
  • Applications: Railroad crossties, heavy construction, decorative veneers, tool handles, turnery, industrial flooring, flooring, decking, furniture
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