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Ipe (pronounced “ee-pay”) is an exotic Brazilian hardwood, which has been growing in popularity over the last decade for its beauty, strength, durability, and longevity. We are the most experienced Ipe outdoor living design and build firm in the Kansas City area.

Ipe is a smart choice for outdoor living design for its weather-resistance, performing well year after year, with exposure to sun, wind, rain, and snow. An Ipe deck, even exposed to the elements, requires minimal maintenance, rivaling its composite deck and PVC deck counterparts in lifespan, and outperforming other wood deck and porch building products.

Wood deck with black railing.
Lee’s Summit MO Ipe deck with picture framing, fascia detail, and low-maintenance railing

With periodic oiling, an Ipe porch or deck can last well beyond 50 years.

One of the benefits of Ipe hardwood, is that if homeowners choose not to perform periodic oiling or finishing, it still has a lifespan of 25 to 50 years. Archadeck of Kansas City has many years’ experience in designing and building custom Ipe outdoor living spaces, to include screened porches, open porches, and decks. We pride ourselves on providing products that will last our clients for many years, requiring little to no maintenance. Ipe is a vehicle by which we can offer such outdoor spaces – ones that have you enjoying your backyard, rather than working in it.

Custom deck with black railing
Ipe deck walkway leading to covered porch in Shawnee, KS

Ipe screened porch designs are gaining popularity – for good reason!

Adding Ipe flooring to your screened porch design will add warmth with its rich color variations. Ipe colors range from reddish, blackish, and golden browns. Oiling this gorgeous hardwood will give a more saturated color palette to your screened porch. Notice how the Ipe flooring in the screened porch below anchors the otherwise bright and airy space, adding rich colors, but not making the space dark or gloomy. Ipe is also a great choice for outdoor living areas with fireplaces, as it is naturally fire-resistant!

Modern outdoor fireplace.
Shawnee KS Ipe screened porch design

Ipe is a very fine texture hardwood, with little or no knots or blemishes that would otherwise create weak points in its composition, and has little probability of splitting and splintering.

This natural Ipe hardwood deck in Lee’s Summit, MO, will remain strong and beautiful through literal decades of exposure to the elements and usage.

Wood deck details.
Beautiful Lee’s summit Ipe deck

Ipe is not just for porch flooring or decking.

Take a look at the beautiful screened porch below with Ipe flooring. These homeowners chose to apply Ipe to their fireplace façade in lieu of typical stacked stone or brick. This outdoor fireplace and hearth design create a lovely and unexpected focal point.

Cozy custom screened porch.
Lenexa KS screened porch with Ipe floor and fireplace façade

Ipe open porch design

The beautiful covered porch design below boasts a custom diagonally-installed Ipe flooring. Applying the porch planks in this orientation breaks up the monotony of the vertical pickets and eliminates the grid-like aesthetic that would otherwise exist if the planks were laid perpendicularly to the pickets. The rich colors of this flooring play in perfect contrast with the light gray and white elements of the porch design.

Custom roofed deck.
Beautiful open Ipe porch in Shawnee, KS

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