How to Care for Your Hardwood Decking

Posted by Amy Cornell on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 09:04 AM

Mataverde premium hardwood decking is extremely durable and creates a beautiful focal point for any outdoor space. Learning how to properly care for your 100% natural hardwood decking will keep it looking new and extend its lifespan for decades of your enjoyment. 

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Topics: hardwood decking, care and maintenance of decking and siding

Ipe Rain Screen Project - 110 Grill, Nashua, NH

Posted by Amy Cornell on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 07:04 AM

When Robert Walker, owner of the 110 Grill in Chelmsford, MA, decided to open their second location in Nashua, NH, he selected the Architectural firm of J.D. LaGrasse and Associates (Andover, MA) to design their new restaurant. Known for their residential and commercial project designs, LaGrasse appointed Registered Architect Juliana Hoch to the project who created a show-stopping exterior facade for this sophisticated family eatery.

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Topics: rain screen installation, rainscreen system, rainscreen design, ipe rain screen

Is ‘Striped’ Ipe Decking a Bad Thing?

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 @ 07:04 AM

We love to let our customers know what they will be getting - before they buy it.  That way, everybody has a better understanding of what to expect, nobody is disappointed and everybody is happy. Long term customer satisfaction is another goal of ours.  We even go so far as publishing the Mataverde Success Plan on our website so everyone is literally "on the same page". When we discuss the inherent graining patterns commonly found in many pieces of Ipe decking, and many other species of tropical hardwood decking for that matter, some customers get concerned.

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Why You Should Choose Eco-Friendly Decking from Mataverde Decking

Posted by Amy Cornell on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 @ 08:04 AM

There are many compelling reasons to choose Mataverde Premium Hardwood Decking: warm patinas, unmatched durability, resistance to rot and fire. But did you know that Mataverde Decking is an eco-friendly decking material that is collected using sustainable forestry technicques?

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Topics: eco-friendly, choosing decking material, sustainable decking

How an Effective Rain Screen System Can Improve Your Quality of Life

Posted by Chris Nolan on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 @ 07:03 AM

I just read a great article on BUILDER ONLINE called “Nine Best Practices for Building a Healthier Home” by Brandon Weiss. The article was loaded with great information for improving air quality, energy savings and lots more. As I read this article it struck just me how much having an effective and well-designed rain screen system can help significantly improve several of the critical issues the author cited.

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Topics: rain screen siding, rain screen design, rain screen system

Ipe Deck Installation in the Bahamas

Posted by Chris Nolan on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 @ 08:02 AM

Whether you are looking out your window at three feet of snow or sitting outdoors in the warm sunshine, it’s hard to not appreciate the splendor of a beautiful Ipe deck in the Bahamas. This lovely Ipe deck was built on Windermere Island in the Bahamas and is designed attractively to last in this lush tropical environment.  Because the climate is so hot and humid and the deck is built so close to the ground, the deck was installed using stainless steel screws for the best and strongest fastening method. In a low clearance deck, proper ventilation and fastening are especially critical for a durable and long lasting installation.

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Topics: Ipe deck, ipe decking, decking installation

Why Architects Love Climate-Shield Rain Screen System

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 @ 08:01 AM

Over the last several years we have heard from numerous architects throughout the US, Canada, Europe and beyond.  The common theme of our conversations is strikingly similar – the Climate-Shield Rain Screen System meets their design needs better than any system available. Why? Because this remarkable rain screen system can be utilized in more varied designs and building types easily and effectively. Here are a few key reasons the design community has taken Climate-Shield under its collective wing:

Key Reasons Why Design Professionals Love Climate-Shield Rain Screen

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Topics: rain screen design, Climate-Shield Rain Screen System, rainscreen system

The Proper Wood Acclimation Process

Posted by Amy Cornell on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

There is no better way to bring the beauty of nature closer to your home than by complimenting it with a beautiful hardwood deck. One of nature’s most beautiful and durable building materials, wood offers an all-natural decking option sure to provide years of enjoyment.

Prior to its installation, all wood (regardless of species) must undergo an acclimation process in order to properly ensure its stability and longevity. During this critical phase, the wood's moisture content adjusts to the relative humidity of its new surroundings, otherwise known as reaching its equilibrium moisture content (EMC). Stacked boards undergo their natural expansion and contraction prior to installation, avoiding warping and buckling if this step was omitted.  

The best method to allow wood decking to acclimate is to let it sit at the site location under a tarp in a dry, well ventilated location. Ensure that the tarp fully covers the wood pile on top but not on the sides, bottom or ends. Moisture must be allowed to escape in order achieve proper acclimation of your valuable investment.  

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Topics: proper wood acclimation

Ipe Hardwood Pergola at Connecticut Winery

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 @ 07:12 AM

"A local Connecticut winery recently built a beautiful outdoor space at their vineyard which showcases the natural beauty of Ipe hardwood in their portico, pergola and hardwood deck area...with a hint of spice and a lively finish."  Read More

Topics: ipe decking, ipe hardwood, ipe pergola, Ipe posts

Choosing the Right Climate-Shield Rain Screen System for your Project

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

Climate-Shield is made of extra heavy duty marine grade aluminum, requires no wood furring strips and is indeed a full rain screen system, complete with all the necessary components required, regardless of your project design. There are several “rain screen clips” available on the market.  None of the other options, however, offer a complete system, nor are they as strong as, or perform as well as the Climate-Shield system. Here’s a quick rundown of the project types and rain screen system options:

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Topics: rain screen design, rain screen clip system, Climate-Shield Rain Screen System, rainscreen system


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