Many people like to build decks around their swimming pools or hot tubs—or maybe they need to build a dock, or even a bridge. All of these projects have one thing in common: being near the water increases the risk of a wet surface, leading to potential slips and falls. As a result, one of the chief concerns for such a project is how slip-resistant the building material is.
So what makes a material slip resistant? It all begins in the cell structure. Ipe’s cells structure, which is extremely dense, manifests in a very tight, closely packed grain pattern. This fine texture of interlocking grain gives your foot a good tractional surface to walk on.
But just exactly how “anti-slip” is Ipe? Well, the wood was ASTM-C1028-89 tested, and the results were good. In fact, Ipe exceeded the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for Static Coefficient of Friction in a Wet Environment.
The advantages of Ipe around water don’t stop there, though. Perhaps more so than any other kind of deck, a deck built around a pool or hot tub is likely to see a lot of bare feet, and who likes splinters? It turns out that the same qualities that make Ipe slip-resistant also make it resistant to splintering.
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