Often referred to as one of the hardest woods known to man,
Ipe will outlast most all other decking products on the
market. It's rich and warm appearance is arguably the most
attractive decking that exists.
IPE (aka. Ironwood) is one of many commercial names used for
the the imposing Lapacho group of trees from the various
species of Tabebuia.The trees generally grow from 140 to 150
feet, but some can reach heights of 200 feet. Some other
common names for the trees from this group include Bethbara
and Lapacho, and a host of names used in the countries where
the trees grow. The trees are mostly found in Brazil as well
as throughout Central and South America .
IPE'S strong, tough resilient
properties make it an excellent material and increasingly
popular choice for commercial/residential decking and
outdoor furniture. It is prized for its stability,
durability, strength and natural resistance to decay, wet
conditions, and infestation by termites and borers. It is
available in long lengths and relatively easy to season. Ipe
has a Class A fire rating, the same rating given to concrete
Ipe's heartwood is olive brown to black and usually features
Garapa Zlatni Decking
A fine-grained timber that is light yellow to a warm golden
Very durable and naturally resistant to rot, decay,
splinters and fire without any chemical treatments
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it FSC certified?
Garapa is FSC certified.
Why would I pay twice the price for the hardwood decking?
It is much denser and will last many times longer than
softwood. It does not require maintenance in the form of
coatings. It is clean, straight grained, attractive and
looks far superior to treated softwood.
Can I nail the decking?
We would recommend screw fixings with stainless steel
Does the Garapa keep its rich brown colour?
No, it will bleach in direct sunlight to a silver grey
Can we retain our decking's original colour?
Yes, to keep the original golden-brown colour, it can be
coated with decking oil. At our office, we have an sample
deck coated with this particular oil, and can advise on it's
use and performace.
How can I avoid slipping on my deck?
You can prevent your deck becoming slippy by good design
practice, ensuring the boards are laid with a fall, the
correct choice of timber for the site, and routine cleaning.
What cleaning regime will be necessary for my deck?
Routine brushing with a stiff broom will remove dirt and
other debris, and helps to reduce grease and mildew.
Every 12-18 months you should give the deck an entire
surface clean using a power spray or a specialist cleaning
solution, such as wood reviver, which will rejuvenate the
surface of your deck.
Which timber is most stable?
Wood will move with changes in relative humidity.
However, hardwoods, like Ipe or Garapa, will not absorb as
much moisture as softwood and therefore will be less subject
to the same forces of absorbing and losing moisture.
What are the main issue concerning decking?
Durability, strength, appearance, surface performance
and budget. We can advise you on how to find the best in all
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