US Coast Guard Station is Beautified with Ipe Hardwood Rain Screen

Posted by Amy Cornell on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 @ 06:11 AM

High winds, corrosive sea spray and flooding can wreak havoc on an a shoreline structure's exterior cladding system. When building along the coast, nobody is more keenly aware of the ocean's destructive force - and the need for durable, weather-resistant exterior siding - than the United States Coast Guard.


When the USCG Station, Indian River Inlet, Delaware was slated for renovation, the Department of Defense assembled a purchasing team to select materials which included the strongest and most rugged exterior wood siding options available. The 25-person committee ultimately chose durable Ipe rain screen siding installed with the US made Climate-Shield Rain Screen Wood Siding System.

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Topics: Climate-Shield Rain Screen System, ipe siding, Climate-Shield Rainscreen Wood siding system, ipe rain screen

Cumaru Rain Screen Vs. Atlantic Ocean

Posted by Amy Cornell on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 @ 07:11 AM

This residential rain screen project in coastal Narragansett, Rhode Island is a tribute to the versatility and exotic beauty of Cumaru hardwood. Incredibly dense and naturally resistant to damage from decay, fire and insects, this popular South American wood species is an ideal cladding material for shoreline construction. In this featured design, Cumaru rain screen siding creates a show-stopping home that will gracefully endure the Atlantic Ocean's very worst for many decades.

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Topics: cumaru hardwood, cumaru rain screen, Cumaru siding

Brings the Outdoors Inside with Ipe Hardwood

Posted by Amy Cornell on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 @ 06:10 AM

If you’d like to enjoy your home’s beautiful surroundings year-round, it’s time to bring the outdoors inside.  By creating a physical transition with a long-lasting ipe wood deck, you can harmoniously balance your home’s interior and exterior with ease. The long-lasting Ipe hardwood will surround your home with naturally warm wood tones that will introduce an organic theme that can be carried seamlessly throughout your entire home.
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Topics: ipe decking, ipe wood, ipe hardwood

Ipe Hardwood Pergolas Create Enticing Outdoor Living Areas

Posted by Amy Cornell on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 @ 09:09 AM

An Ipe pergola (or other durable exterior hardwood) is an attractive way to enhance your home’s exterior with shaded outdoor living space. Characterized by an open cross-rafter roof, vertical posts and trellised or open walls, pergolas can be freestanding, attach directly to a building or connect two structures  (e.g., spa and pool house). When customized with durable ipe hardwood, this simple garden structure becomes a stunning focal point that can be virtually maintenance free.

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Topics: ipe decking, ipe hardwood, ipe pergola

Ipe Decking Featured in Ocean House Reconstruction

Posted by Amy Cornell on Tue, Sep 1, 2015 @ 06:09 AM


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Topics: Ipe deck, ipe hardwood, hardwood decking

Ipe and Garapa Wood Decking Create a Striking Design

Posted by Amy Cornell on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 @ 14:08 PM

The rich warm tones of Premium Ipe Hardwood Decking and Garapa Hardwood Decking add curb appeal and elegance to any exterior project. When the two wood species are featured together - the results are spectacular.

One New London County homeowner, Richard Priestley, artfully designed this residential deck using 5/4 x 6' honey colored Garapa wood decking boards and picture framed the project with darker auburn-toned 5/4 x 6' Ipe hardwood decking. Matching Ipe wood posts and railings further added further contrast to the striking overall effect.

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Topics: ipe decking, garapa decking, wood decking

Garapa Wood Decking Featured in Maine Cabin

Posted by Amy Cornell on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 06:08 AM

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Topics: garapa decking, wood decking

FSC Certified Hardwood Siding Featured in Award Winning Design

Posted by Amy Cornell on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 06:08 AM


If your state-of-the-art office was inspired by a treehouse would your job actually feel like work? Not likely, according to the designers of MetroNational’s award-winning “Treehouse” project. Located within Houston’s Memorial City, The TreeHouse is a 15,000 square foot, LEED Double Platinum certified facility which was created to gather and inspire the development company’s innovators and its partners.

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Why Eurotec Aluminum System Profile is better than Wood Deck Framing

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Aug 4, 2015 @ 06:08 AM

Full length decking boards can be used to create patio top and roof decks easily and beautifully. A key benefit of the Mataverde Eurotec Deck System is that you can create deck designs without having to use square ‘deck tiles’. Although it is clear that using full length deck boards has many benefits, it is also important to know that not all roof deck joist systems are created equally. The Mataverde® Eurotec® Deck System uses the patented Aluminum System Profile™ for the joists. These aluminum deck joists have many key advantages over conventional wood framing, especially for a rooftop deck design.

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Topics: Mataverde Eurotec Deck System, eurotec deck system

Why does the Mataverde Eurotec Deck System make the Best Rooftop Deck?

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 @ 06:07 AM

For decades we have been hearing questions about what is the best way to create a rooftop deck. Most of the deck pedestal options limit your design choices to either using deck tiles or building a heavy and cumbersome wood deck frame. Using sleepers is another widely used balcony or rooftop deck option but limits you to a very low clearance that can limit the air flow under the deck and often requires perforations in your roof.  Over the years, many roofing contractors and builders have told me, “Never put extra holes in your roof, you’re asking for trouble.”

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Topics: rooftop deck, eurotec deck system


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