Teak vs. Ipe

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Blog entry by newtool posted 04-05-2010 06:02 PM 2228 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I have a ski boat with a teak platform. The platform is old and getting a little weak so I was going to reinforce the platform from underneath using teak. A friend of mine suggested using ipe rather than teak. Does anyone know if Ipe is a good replacement for Teak in regards to marine use? The bottom of the platform does get wet during boating operation.

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#1 posted 04-05-2010 06:56 PM

I did a Google search for its properties:
“Durability: Heartwood is very resistant to attack by decay fungi and termites, but not resistant to marine borers, it has the durability and strength of teak, for a lot less money.The US Department of Agriculture and Forestry rates IpĂ© as “Very resistant to attack by decay, fungi and termites.”

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#2 posted 04-05-2010 10:49 PM

I have used ipe in place of teak for flooring in outside showers. It held real well. Ipe is hard as a rock though , predrill before screwing or nailing.

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#3 posted 04-05-2010 10:50 PM

Ipe is quite resistant to saltwater and decay and is used to build a lot of decking and docks in severe weather conditions. It is much cheaper than teak but it also much more heavier than teak. Teak is easier to work with and doesn’t splinter much…where ipe will provide splinters…not something you particularly want on an application where you would most likely walk barefoot.

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#4 posted 04-06-2010 01:08 AM

I have ipe flooring in an outdoor porch area of my house. It holds up great to the weather and insects etc. (I live in SE Pennsylvania). Parts of the Atlantic City board walk were replaced with ipe so it must hold up fairly well to salty air. I used the left over decking to build a bench and what a pain in the a** the stuff is to work with. The wood is so hard even the dust hurts when it hits you…..and the dust is a weird yellow color. It splinters a lot. I was pulling them out of my hands for weeks. Really pretty to look at but hard to work for sure.

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