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What is Ipe Wood?

 
Ipe wood is fantactic fro decks docks and walkways

You have probably heard a lot about Ipe wood; about how durable and dense it is, how it’s perfect for decking and siding, and so on and so on. Ipe wood is wood that originates in Brazilian forests and is known for its incredible hardness. You may have seen it compared to the hardness of nails. Saying that it is as “hard as nails” isn’t just something catchy to write; as a matter of fact it’s true, which is why Ipe wood of often pre-drilled. Ipe wood is also known among some as “Ironwood”. Ipe wood is also referred to as Brazilian Walnut or Lapacho.

Ipe Decking versus Pressure Treated Decking

 
Ipe decking is beautiful and long lasting

Ipe Decking Compared to Pressure Treated Pine Decking

Is Cumaru Hardwood Decking the New Ipe?

 
Cumaru backyard deck

Is Cumaru becoming the next best thing since Ipe?

Cumaru decking is so versatile; it certainly has been causing quite a stir in the design and construction communities. As a high density tropical hardwood, Cumaru has many qualities and characteristics that are similar to Ipe hardwood. Whether it is for a residential or commercial decking project, Cumaru hardwood is a tremendous decking option to consider. The amazing density, strength, durability and hardness of Cumaru are four performance characteristics where Cumaru hardwood has earned very favorable comparisons to Ipe. There are many areas where Ipe and Cumaru are very similar and a few where they have some differences. Now that Cumaru is in the mainstream discussions about the best decking material options, we thought you might want to see some comparative information about these two remarkable high density hardwood decking and siding species.

Ipe Decking versus Douglas Fir Decking

 
douglas fir decking boards painted

Ipe Decking Compared to Douglas Fir Decking

Ipe Decking versus "Mahogany" Decking

 
mahogany decking weathering

Ipe Decking Compared to “Mahogany” Decking

Ipe Decking versus Redwood Decking

 
redwood decking with knots and sapwood

Compare Ipe Hardwood Decking to Redwood Decking

Ipe Decking Compared to Red Cedar Decking

 
Ipe decking is a beautiful all natuarl decking material option

Compare Ipe Decking to Red Cedar Decking

Ipe and Cumaru Decking: Boardwalks and Marine Construction

 
Atlantic City NJ boardwalk and building hit hard by storm

Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by the devastation created by Hurricane Sandy. The cleanup and repair efforts continue for homeowners and entire communities as well, particularly on the coast, where winds and ocean waves ravaged homes, marinas, docks, boardwalks and more. While home builders and remodelers are dealing with the heavy casualties of homes and buildings, the marine construction industry is fully engaged in the repair of coastal structures including docks, piers and boardwalks.

Ipe Decking: Snow Removal

 
Removing snow from a deck is the right thing to do

A client of ours recently asked if you could shovel snow off of an Ipe deck without scratching it. This great question really got me thinking about snow removal, ice removal and snow loads on decks. While the short answer to his question is yes, you can shovel snow from Ipe decking without scratching it, what if someone starts pounding away on decking boards with an ice chopper? In general, it is a very good idea to remove heavy snow from any deck surface. Some deck structures cannot handle the additional weight load. Some decking materials themselves could also be affected. Also, when the snow melts you don't want the runoff draining near (or into) your house.

Ipe Decking Graces the Links in Rhode Island

 
Ipe decking at Point Judith Country Club, Rhode Island

Ipe hardwood decking was selected at the Point Judith Country Club located in beautiful Narragansett, Rhode Island for its recent improvements to the exterior porches of this historic Donald Ross links style course. The club was established in 1894 and is one of Rhode Island’s premier and exclusive tracks with the famous landscape architect's signature design features visible everywhere.

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