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Ipe (Brazilian Walnut)
Ipe (Tabebuia serratifolia) is a tropical hardwood also know as Brazilian Walnut. Ipe grows primarily in Brazil but is also harvested in Bolivia, Venezuela, Guatemala, and Peru. Ipe is a popular choice for hardwood flooring because of its extreme durability and unique grain.
Ipe ranges in colour from a light tan with greenish tinges to a brownish black, with a variable grain.
Ipe has a Janka hardness rating of 3,680. Compare this to Brazilian Cherry, which scores a 2350, and Red Oak flooring which has a hardness rating of 1290.
Ipe is very resistant to termite attacks and decay caused by fungus, making it a perfect option for your outdoor patio or balcony project. It does not require any preservatives, reducing harmful chemicals and pesticides. According to the NFPA ranking, Ipe is also has a class A fire resistance rating, indicating that it is as resistant to fire as concrete and steel.