100 Year Deck (VIDEO)

Ipe is a Brazilian wood that ranks as one of the hardest in the world. But does that make it a good choice for decking? Find out here.

Howdy, y’all! In this episode of the Build Show, Jordan Smith shares his thoughts on Ipe decking. “Ipe”, also known as “Brazilian Walnut” and “Iron Wood” is an intriguing choice for decking due to its natural hardness. In fact, Ipe has a Janka hardness rating of 3,684 lbf; there are only eight other species of wood higher on this scale. For all of Jordan’s thoughts on Ipe, watch the video above. Then check out our rough-sawn lumber buying guide.

Jordan Smith

Jordan is a home builder in Austin Texas.  He currently works with Matt Risinger on “The Build Show” and leads the steel and carpentry crews for Risinger Homes. He and his wife, Veronica, have 4 kids and enjoy designing, building, and remodeling together as a family. When he is not busy building or filming, Jordan can be found sitting alone, outside of his house in his pickup, scrolling though Instagram, while his family waits for him to come in for dinner.