Archive for May, 2009

Ipe Outdoor Furniture for Quality that Endures

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

When investing in outdoor furniture, choosing furniture made out of Ipe wood ensures that the purchase is one for a lifetime. This unique tropical hardwood has many characteristics that make it an ideal choice for any product used predominantly in the out of doors. The density of the wood makes it extraordinary and we will cover just a few of the many things that make this a standout.

Ipe, which is pronounced EE-pay, is indigenous to many parts of Central and South America as well as some parts of Asia. The cell structure of the tree is a densely packed arrangement. This dense arrangement of cells makes the tree nearly impervious to insect invasion and this protection remains even after the tree has been processed as lumber. A study done by the United States Naval Research Laboratory has shown that Ipe wood left in the ground untreated has remained without attack by termites for up to 15 years and has received the highest rating possible. The heartwood is very resistant to attack by decay, mold and fungi as well. It last 40 plus years left outside untreated and up to 100 years with a light coating of deck oil applied to the surface. The United States Forest Products Laboratory has given the wood its highest rating as well.

As if those were not reason enough to become a fan of this incredible lumber there are other reasons as well. When used for decking around pools and hot tubs, Ipe wood provides several safety factors. Because the areas naturally stay wet when in use, slippery surfaces become an issue. Many times slip resistant pads are used but often take away from the beauty of the area. Ipe wood comes with its own slip resistance. This decking exceeds the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for Static Coefficient of friction in a wet environment. This is an enormous advantage when it comes to peace of mind about the kids running and playing around the pool. It has does not splinter easily providing another layer of protection because bare feet go hand in hand with swimming.

Choosing Ipe wood over other tropical hardwoods is the environmentally responsible choice as well. Because much of the hardwood imported into the United States comes from managed forests. The use of wood from forests approved by the Forest Stewardship Council encourages sustainable forestry practices that offer the best remedy to exploitive deforestation.

The expense of this tropical hardwood drops dramatically when the lifespan of the wood is considered. This purchase needs to be made only once in a lifetime. Because other woods rot and warp in significantly short periods of time and need to be replaced every few years, it immediately becomes apparent that Ipe outdoor furniture and decking pays for itself several times over just in the first few years of ownership.

From the Atlantic City Boardwalk to hotels on the Las Vegas strip, cities and big business recognize that choosing this exotic wood is a sound financial investment and both places have replaced their boardwalks with this wood.

Ipe Wood Decking is Hassle Free for a Lifetime

Friday, May 15th, 2009

What is better than installing decking for a patio or outdoor entertainment area? Not much unless the wood you use for the decking is something that does not have to be constantly maintained once it is installed! Decking made from Ipe wood promises just that.

A hardwood that originates from parts of Central and South America and parts of Asia, this lumber has many advantages that make it a natural choice for any outdoor project. The wood itself is a dark brown walnut color that puts off a green dust when cut. The texture is a fine to medium grain. The trees grow up to 150 feet in height and can achieve trunk diameters of up to 6 feet. The tree is not an endangered species and grows in a variety of sites, from ridge tops to riverbanks and marsh forests. It is also easily grown in managed forests. Most of this type of tropical hardwood that is imported to the United States originates from forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Managed forests receiving this certification use some of the most respected forestry practices in the world. Use of Ipe wood culled from these forests encourages sustainable forestry practices. This type of forestry offers the best remedy to exploitive deforestation in sensitive rainforest areas.

The wood is has an extremely dense cell structure that gives natural protection to the tree. This density makes this wood actually sink in water it is so tightly grained. While this does make the timber more difficult to work with at the sawmill, for the customer, it means the tree is impervious to rot, insect infestations, mold and fungi. Tests conducted at the United States Naval Research Laboratory found that Ipe wood left in the ground untreated for 15 years still showed no signs of termite attack. The heartwood is extremely resilient and resists attack from insects and remains rot free even when left untreated. The United States Forest Products Laboratory conduct tests which showed no rot or damage to the wood for 40 plus years if untreated and 100 plus years when the wood received only a single coat of deck oil. It was giving the highest rating available from the forest laboratory.

It is also naturally resistant to fire as well. In tests conducted by the Nation Fire Protection Association, when Ipe decking was exposed to flames for 10 minutes it had a flame spread value rating of 0, that is the same as concrete. The wood is slip resistant as well. This is an important safety feature when using the decking around pools, saunas and hot tubs where wet floors are experienced quite frequently. Ipe wood decking exceeds the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for Static coefficient of friction in a wet environment. This wood is resists splintering which is always a bonus when the environment will encounter bare feet on a regular basis.

The initial cost of the wood is higher than that of cedar or redwood but when the lifespan of the lumber is factored in the cost drops significantly. Most decking will need to be replaced at least several times over the life span of the deck, the cost of which adds up over time. Ipe wood however is an investment that only needs to be once to be worry free for life.

Ipe Outdoor Furniture for Quality that Endures

Friday, May 15th, 2009

When investing in outdoor furniture, choosing furniture made out of Ipe wood ensures that the purchase is one for a lifetime. This unique tropical hardwood has many characteristics that make it an ideal choice for any product used predominantly in the out of doors. The density of the wood makes it extraordinary and we will cover just a few of the many things that make this a standout.

Ipe, which is pronounced EE-pay, is indigenous to many parts of Central and South America as well as some parts of Asia. The cell structure of the tree is a densely packed arrangement. This dense arrangement of cells makes the tree nearly impervious to insect invasion and this protection remains even after the tree has been processed as lumber. A study done by the United States Naval Research Laboratory has shown that Ipe wood left in the ground untreated has remained without attack by termites for up to 15 years and has received the highest rating possible. The heartwood is very resistant to attack by decay, mold and fungi as well. It last 40 plus years left outside untreated and up to 100 years with a light coating of deck oil applied to the surface. The United States Forest Products Laboratory has given the wood its highest rating as well.

As if those were not reason enough to become a fan of this incredible lumber there are other reasons as well. When used for decking around pools and hot tubs, Ipe wood provides several safety factors. Because the areas naturally stay wet when in use, slippery surfaces become an issue. Many times slip resistant pads are used but often take away from the beauty of the area. Ipe wood comes with its own slip resistance. This decking exceeds the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for Static Coefficient of friction in a wet environment. This is an enormous advantage when it comes to peace of mind about the kids running and playing around the pool. It has does not splinter easily providing another layer of protection because bare feet go hand in hand with swimming.

Choosing Ipe wood over other tropical hardwoods is the environmentally responsible choice as well. Because much of the hardwood imported into the United States comes from managed forests. The use of wood from forests approved by the Forest Stewardship Council encourages sustainable forestry practices that offer the best remedy to exploitive deforestation.

The expense of this tropical hardwood drops dramatically when the lifespan of the wood is considered. This purchase needs to be made only once in a lifetime. Because other woods rot and warp in significantly short periods of time and need to be replaced every few years, it immediately becomes apparent that Ipe outdoor furniture and decking pays for itself several times over just in the first few years of ownership.

From the Atlantic City Boardwalk to hotels on the Las Vegas strip, cities and big business recognize that choosing this exotic wood is a sound financial investment and both places have replaced their boardwalks with this wood.

Ipe Wood: Decking You don’t Have to Replace

Friday, May 1st, 2009

When considering what wood to use for outdoor decking Ipe wood cannot be beat for its durability and cost. Ipe wood is an exotic hardwood found throughout South America that is incredibly resistant to rot, insect infestation and has amazing fire resistance as well. Pronounced ee-PAY, this incredible hardwood has several common names, which include Brazilian Walnut, Amapa and Cortez.

When the famous boardwalk in Atlantic City needed to be replaced, Ipe wood was chosen. It was also used for the boardwalk at the Treasure Island Resort in Las Vegas

This wood is an extremely dense, tight-grained wood, which is the source of its longevity. When tested by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory it received its highest rating. This was based on Ipe wood left in the ground for 15 years without attack by termites. It is also resistant to mold and fungi. The wood can be expected to last 40+ years left untreated and an amazing 100+ years with a treatment of deck oil. Not only is it long lasting, it is a fraction of the cost of Teak.

When compared to more common woods used in outdoor projects, Ipe wood wins easily. Even against those woods long thought superior for out door use such as Cedar and Redwood. Studies done on recent Redwood use suggest that while Redwoods used at the beginning of the twentieth century did indeed offer excellent quality when used outdoors, that is not the case today. The reason for this is quite simple. Redwood used a century ago was taken from old growth forests and those no longer exist. The Redwood used today is produced from new growth trees and the heartwood of younger trees provides much less resistance to rot and insects than that of old trees. Irresponsible logging practices of the past century depleted all old growth Redwood except those trees protected in National Forests.

Use of Ipe wood is also an environmentally sound choice as well. Importers of Ipe wood to the United States usually purchase wood that is grown in managed forests that have been approved by the Forest Stewardship council. The practice of taking trees from managed forests means that sustainable forestry practices are in use, thus Ipe wood produces one of the renewable wood products in the world today. The use of Ipe instead of Teak or Mahogany leads to environmentally responsible forestry practices in sensitive rain forest environments.

One of the reasons Ipe wood is so new to the market for outdoor products is actually the same reason Ipe wood is also so durable. The wood is so incredibly dense that only recent technological machinery advances have made it possible to process the timber at an affordable price. Ipe wood must be drilled for fasteners and attachments; it is much too dense for the traditional hammer and nail techniques. This wood nearly 400% harder than teak and is one of the only woods that sinks in water!

When it comes to investing in your homes beauty and functionality, Ipe wood is a natural choice. Although it is more costly initially to install, the rewards by far outweigh the initial investment because once it is installed, Ipe wood is virtually maintenance free and will last a lifetime. Even pressure treated woods cannot boast the staying power of Ipe wood.

Choose Ipe for Outdoor Furniture That Lasts

Friday, May 1st, 2009

If you have never thought of outdoor furniture as an heirloom, think again. Ipe wood will change the way you view outdoor furniture forever. A tropical hardwood tree, Ipe is one of the densest woods known. In fact, it is so dense that it sinks in water. The density of the wood is what makes it ideal for use in outdoor furniture. It resists rot, insect damage and fire. It has a beautiful color and a fine to medium grain. These attributes make Ipe one of the most practical hardwoods to use for outdoor furniture. The choice to go with Ipe wood when investing in outdoor furniture means purchasing a product that is of such high quality it can truly be considered an heirloom to pass on to the next generation.

The one quality of Ipe wood that has kept it from widespread use until just recently is also what makes it such an excellent choice today. That is the density of the wood. Ipe is such a dense wood that in the past it has proven a very difficult medium with which to work. However , recent advances in manufacturing techniques have solved these issues, making Ipe the ideal wood to choose when you want the best in long-lasting outdoor furniture.

Many commercial builders have ipe decking for boardwalks, including the famous Atlantic City boardwalks.

Outdoor furniture constructed of Ipe is perfect for those who are looking for quality, durability and affordability. In addition, Ipe is available at a fraction of the cost of Teak. This hardwood is virtually indestructible. Its resistance to rot and insects makes Ipe outdoor furniture an excellent investment. It requires very little up keep and since it is so indestructible, not only can one expect to own it for a lifetime; it is truly something that can be passed down to the next generation.

With all of these excellent qualities, there is not much to say about the wood that is not favorable. It is harvested from managed forests, which allows the wood to be harvested with minimal impact on the surrounding environment. And, when dealing with reputable companies, consumers can feel assured that the wood that is harvested for construction of decking and outdoor furniture is done in an ecologically responsible way. That is not a claim that can readily be made with teak and other exotic hardwoods on the market today.

Another redeeming quality of this type of hardwood is its resistance to fire. According to the Nation Fire Protection Code, after subjection to fire for 10 minutes, Ipe has a rating of zero, which is the same as concrete. That is a significant improvement over most other types of wood used for decking and outdoor furniture.

While cedar has been the wood of choice in the past, that has changed in the last 20 years. This is in part because there are no longer any stands of old growth trees from which the cedar can be harvested. In order for cedar to have longevity as a material for outdoor furniture and decking, this is a necessity. Scientific research has shown that the heartwood of younger trees is not nearly as durable and resistant to rot as old growth trees and unfortunately, due to poor logging practices employed in the early part of the twentieth century, old growth trees no longer exist. The natural choice to fill the spot that cedar once held is Ipe wood. And given the fact that Ipe can be grown readily in managed conditions and does not require old growth wood to give it those enduring qualities, the reasons to choose Ipe continue to grow. Ipe wood provides so much in the way of usability, longevity and maintenance; it is the most logical choice when selecting outdoor furniture that lasts.