Ipe Wood Ideal For Malibu Coastal Homes

by ritasimpson on October 28, 2012

in Architecture

Also called Brazilian walnut, ipe (pronounced ee-pay) wood is ideal for use in your Malibu home. It is  one of the densest hardwoods available, three times harder than cedar. Ipe has the same fire rating as concrete and steel, meaning it resists flames much longer than softer woods, and is so dense that it doesn’t float in water.

Because of its durability, ipe wood often is used outdoors as decking and siding. Inside, it’s typically seen in flooring or cabinetry. it has a natural oil that keeps bugs out; it’s resistant to mildew and decay, making it ideal for coastal construction. Ipe wood lasts a minimum of 25 years, although many architects say it can last up to half a century if maintained properly. Learn more.

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