A Brazilian species recognized for its strength and natural resistance to decay, Ipe (pronounced “e-pay”) is one of the most consistently durable and versatile timbers on the planet. The US Navy tested Ipe in a Panama Canal study beginning in 1962, and the results showed Ipe to be one of the top performing timbers in resistance to decay, termites, and borers. It dries extremely well with little checking, twisting, or bow. Ipe can be used in ground contact without preservatives or with additional treatments. Widely used in commercial exterior construction such as boardwalks, piers and benches, Ipe has become the best choice for residential decks due to its low maintenance, attractive color, and extremely smooth surface that stands the test of time.