The benefits of ipe wood, or Brazilian walnut for decking include beauty and sustainability. It is also a very hard wood, with a Janka hardness rating of 3,510 pound-feet. It also resists warping, scratching and cupping and has a very long lifespan.
Ipe wood is also known for its resistance to insects, fire and wood rot. It is also less susceptible to mold and mildew than other types of wood. It is slip resistant and can tolerate a lot of traffic. Ipe is an excellent wood for decks built in warm climates because it does not absorb heat and remains comfortable beneath bare feet in the summertime. An ipe wood deck also does not need a great deal of maintenance.