Everyone has heard all about composite decking by now. Composite decking systems, such as Trex, have gained huge popularity in the last decade due to their low maintenence promise and claims of superior durability. Meanwhile, a natural hardwood from Brazil has also been gaining wide popularity, claiming to outlast composite decking, and you've probably never heard of it.
Ipe (pronounced e-pay) is an incredibly dense and heavy wood that resists everything from decay, to insects, to fire. It has also been highly sought after for it's beautiful color and grain. Ipe decking will hold up incredibly well without any treatment or sealers, but the deep color will eventually fade to a dull silver. With cleaning and sealing Ipe can be restored to its original color.
Ipe is priced about the same as the high end varieties of composite decking that are currently availble. Its a great choice if you want lasting durability and love the natural beauty of hardwood decking. If you're in the South Jersey or Philadelphia area, call Premier Outdoor Living LLC at 856 745 5264 to schedule a free deck design consultation!