An incredibly strong and dense wood fiber, Ipe offers very high wear durability. Weather has little to no negative effect. A handsome chocolate-brown when new, the sun gracefully transforms Ipé to a mature, elegant silver patina.
One fantastic example of the durability with these timbers are the Ipé posts and beams found in the original Jesuit missions in Bolivia dating from the 18th century. After more than 200 years in service these structural members are still sound.