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Ipe compared to other decking material


  Bending Strength Hardness Appearance Decay Resistance
Ipe 22,560 psi 3600 lbs Tight grained, extremely dense wood and a deep rich brown with some pieces displaying red and amber hues. Best product available for decking. Very resistant to decay, fungi, and termites. Fire Rate NFPA Code, Class A.
Western Red Cedar 7,500 psi 580 lbs Fresh cut, this wood appears a salmon pink color which turns to a coffee brown over time. Species is generally straight grained. This softwood is more durable than most woods in common use. Resistant to decay, but relatively soft and quick to weather. Preservative treatment/sealing is recommended.
California Redwood 10,000 psi 480 lbs Several grades available which vary in appearance and quality. The premium grade (clear, all heart, and vertical grain) is straight grain with a fine even texture. Color varies from a light cherry-red to a dark reddish-brown. The premium grade (clear, all heart, and vertical grain) is more durable than most woods in common use. Resistant to decay, but relatively soft and quick to weather.
Douglas Fir 12,400 psi 670 lbs A light reddish-brown, generally straight grained wood. Not naturally resistant to decay. Should be painted or stained to prevent decay.
Pressure Treated Pine 14,500 psi 690 lbs Very pronounced grain and dusty, yellow-green palor due to the chemical treatment of the wood. A chemical preservative, chromated copper arsenate is forced into the wood. Warranted against decay for 30 years.
Philippine Mahogany 12,000 psi 760 lbs Actually several similar species sold under this name. Interlocked grain similar to true mahogany, but with a coarser texture. Species is generally medium to dark brown. Only the dark red species are resistant to decay. Although more durable than cedar and redwood, it is still relatively soft compared to Ipe.