People ask us all the time if Ipe, being a tropical hardwood, is suitable for northern climates. Our answer? A resounding YES!
One of the concerns is how the wood will stand up to snow and the brutal cycle of freezing and thawing that can decimate concrete. This was definitely a consideration when the boardwalk leading to the Edgartown Lighthouse in Martha’s Vineyard was constructed. With temperatures reaching as low as 25degF during the winter, and an average snowfall of 40 inches per year, the weather is certainly unkind to building materials. Fortunately, Ipe is naturally water-resistant, meaning excessive moisture won’t get inside, freeze, and create cracks in the surface. As long as you install it properly, the natural expansion and contraction that occurs between extreme temperatures won’t cause any damage to the wood.
So, if you have a project in an area beset by harsh winters or extreme temperature contrasts, Ipe is a solid choice. Learn more about Ipe at IpeDepot.com.