Hardwood products are used for decking, cabinets, furniture, paneling, flooring and more. One of the newest products offered by Redwood Empire is a Brazilian hardwood called Ipe'.

IPE' is an extremely dense hardwood that is a durable as it is beautiful. The botanical name for Ipe is Tabebuia Ipe - Lapacho. This Brazilian hardwood is one of our most preferred woods for decking because of its rich reddish-brown hue, all-heart grade, exceptional grain pattern and decay resistant properties. it is highly resistant to scratches, termites, fungi, chemicals and fire. In fact, Ipe has a Class A fire rating, similar to concrete or steel.

IPE contains no harmful chemicals and can be used near water without potential contamination. In fact, it is often used for boat docks.

IPE is first export quality, air-dried and dimensionally stable. First export quality refers to the highest grade standard you can get. Ipe is air dried wood, arriving in crates on sticks from Brazil. A small amount of shrinkage may occur as it continues to dry and acclimate to your particular climate.

IPE is twice as strong as oak and several times stronger than softwoods or synthetic deckings. For example: Ipe 1x6 and 5/4 x 6 boards will span 24" and 32" respectively on center for residential decks. (See the INSTALLATION GUIDELINES for more details).


IPE is a very low maintenance wood for a deck since it can be left to weather to an attractive silver gray color. Or one may choose to apply a sealer or stain to Ipe in order to retain its exquisite brown color. Sealing or staining the deck is an appearance options and may add to the overall life of the deck.


IPE is a highly stable wood too. It resists splintering, twisting, cracking, bowing or cupping. Any board with this occurrence can usually be eliminated with proper installation. The grain does not lift like other woods as it weathers. An incredibly durable hardwood, Ipe is expected to last 25 or more years. It will weather the elements and heavy traffic.


IPE has a multitude of uses: decking, trellis', boat docks, boardwalks, outdoor furniture and truck bedding.

IPE dimensional lumber sizes: 1x4 to 1x6, 2x2 to 2x12, 5/4x4 to 5/4x8, 4x4, 6x6 and specified timbers in addition to railing system, plugs and needed accessory items. Most of the dimensional lumber comes in 8' to 20' length boards.

IPE is milled at our affiliate company, Exmam (www.exmam.com.br), in Brazil. This ensures consistency in size dimensions, appearance and quality.

IPE is harvested from well managed sustained yield forests in Brazil. IBAMA is the regulatory authority that certifies the harvesting and milling practices within Brazil. Only legally harvested and tagged logs are milled and exported from our mill.




Hardwood Comparative Chart

2003 Redwood Empire, a Division of Pacific States Industries, Inc.