Q: How expensive are Ipe hardwood floors?
Ipe seems to be all the rage. How expensive is this wood? ...It certainly is beautiful. What are its other notable characteristics?
Brazilian Walnut (Ipe) is a truly beautiful species. The coloring can vary from a light yellowish tan to almost a blackish brown. When it is newly milled you will see a large range of color and then with time and exposure it will darken ending with a medium to dark brown color. Ipe is 185% harder than Northern Red Oak with a Janka rating of 3680 and is 7% more stable.
The cost of this flooring really varies with grade and style. It will also vary depending on if you purchase via e-tail or retail. You can find this floor from $3.50/Sf up to $10/Sf or more. Because it is an imported species be sure you you know where it's coming from and don't purchase illegally harvested products. You can look up a manufacturers green policy online and do your part to support responsible forestry. Just look for the FSC Logo.
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