Technical specie specifications for Ipe from Fantastic Floor - Discount Exotic and Domestic Hardwood Flooring, Prefinished Solid Flooring, Unfinished Solid Flooring and Engineered Flooring.

Ipe Hardwood Flooring

  • Scientific Name, Other Names: Tabebuia spp, Lapacho, Brazilian Ebony, Brazilian Walnut, Ironwood, Irontree, Tajibo, Guayacan, Lapacho, Arcwood
  • Description: Ipe hardwood flooring is incredibly durable. Its dense cell structure serves as a natural deterrent to insects, decay, and molds, ensuring that an Ipe hardwood floor will last quite a while. Because of this natural resilience Ipe hardwood is often the first choice for decking because of its almost unparalleled ability to stand up to the elements. More than just durable, Ipe wood is also very pleasing to the eye. With a Class A fire rating, Ipe hardwood occupies the same class of fire-retardant materials as steel. For durability, safety, and beauty, Ipe floors in prefinished or unfinished make an excellent choice. Needing to install over concrete we have engineered Ipe hardwood floors too in prefinished or unfinished available.
  • Janka Hardness: 3,680 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: Ipe hardwood is the hardest and most durable of all wood floors. Ipe is nearly three times as hard as Red Oak with a Janka rating of 3680. This tropical hardwood has an attractive golden brown to dark brown color and a tight uniform grain. Ipe hardwood makes a rich dark floor than can add elegance to any interior. Fantastic Floor offers Ipe flooring from 1/2" to 3/4" thick, 2 1/4" to 5" wide, and up to 7' in length. Ipe hardwood flooring is available prefinished and unfinished in both solid and engineered flooring formats.
  • Family: Bignoniaceae
  • Tree Characteristics: The Ipe Tree can grow to 170 to 200 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 trees can be found in some of the Lesser Antilles and throughout continental tropical America. The Ipe tree can typically be found in marsh forests or ridge tops and riverbanks.
  • Color: The heartwood of Ipe is olive brown to black and usually features striping. Ipe's sapwood is much lighter, usually white or yellow.
  • Photosensitivity: When freshly milled, Ipe hardwood will exhibit a large range of coloration which will quickly mute into a more uniform range and will darken over time to a medium to dark brown.
  • Luster: Ipe hardwood has a low to moderate natural luster with an oily appearance.
  • Grain: Ipe hardwood has a grain that ranges from straight to very irregular.
  • Texture: Ipe lumber has a fine to medium texture. Ipe hardwood flooring can be finished to provide a smooth surface.
  • Drying Characteristics: Ipe hardwood air dries rapidly, exhibiting only minor warping and checking. It is best to acclimate engineered Ipe flooring for 1 week and solid Ipe flooring for 2 weeks prior to installation.
  • Working Characteristics: Ipe hardwood flooring is rated as moderately difficult to work with, as it blunts cutting edges. It finishes smoothly with the exception of rosey portions in the wood. It is important to keep relative humidity levels in the home between 35% and 50% before, during, and after installing Ipe hardwood flooring.
  • Durability Rating: Ipe hardwood is highly resistant to fungus and termites. Ipe hardwood is ideal for wood flooring where durability and high shock resistance are needed.
  • Applications: Ipe hardwood flooring, railroad crossties, heavy construction, decorative veneers, tool handles, turnery, industrial flooring, decking, furniture. Ipe hardwood flooring a great choice for active families or pet lovers because of how hard the Ipe wood is. Please note, unfinished Ipe flooring is sold in open, strapped bundles and not sold in boxes. Prefinished solid Ipe flooring and prefinished engineered Ipe flooring are sold in boxes. Ipe flooring must be purchased in full bundles or boxes. Box and bundle sizes for Ipe hardwood may vary.

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