All About Ipe Wood Decking

Posted by Amy Cornell on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

When a homeowner plans a decking project they are faced with a large selection of decking materials. Ipe wood decking is a perrennial favorite for long-lasting residential and commercial decking projects. Learn more about what makes this beautiful and practical hardwood so popular.

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Award Winning Rain Screen Façade in Connecticut

Posted by Chris Nolan on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 @ 09:11 AM

Tyre Studio Architects LLC, a well-respected design build firm based in New Haven, CT, is known for their specialization in creative client-based building solutions for residential, institutional and commercial projects. Their design process is remarkably collaborative with their in-house team, subcontractors, clients and partners. This cladding design project is no exception.

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Topics: rain screen design, ipe siding, ipe rain screen, ipe cladding

Creating a Childproof Deck for Your Home

Posted by Amy Cornell on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Creating a safe environment for children, in and around your home, is essential to protecting them from a variety of hazards.  Decks are no exception. We've created five helpful guidelines for designing a family deck which can help prevent dangerous accidents. 

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Topics: decking problems

Preparing Your Deck for Winter

Posted by Michelle Nichols on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 @ 14:10 PM

A wood deck is a beautiful addition that enables you to expand your living space outdoors. The excess moisture and changing temperatures during winter can be detrimental to your deck. As the winter months approach, it is important that you take the proper steps to protect your investment, so it is in the best possible condition after the spring thaw.

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Topics: deck maintenance

Curious Cumaru

Posted by Michelle Nichols on Thu, Oct 2, 2014 @ 14:10 PM

One of the most popular deck materials in our catalog is a tropical hardwood called Cumaru. Durable and attractive, cumaru decking tends to become even lovelier as time goes by. Here are a few fascinating facts you might not know about the botanical wonder known as cumaru:

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Topics: cumaru

How to Finish Ipe Decking and Siding

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

“Many clients ask us how to finish Ipe wood other hardwood decking materials. Because of the unique properties and characteristics of high density hardwoods, choosing the right finish is a key factor for short and long term satisfaction.”

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Topics: finish options for ipe, finish options for hardwood decking, finish options for hardwood siding, care and maintenance of decking and siding

Mataverde Decking's Certifications Aligned With Professional Goals

Posted by Michelle Nichols on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

At Mataverde Decking, we strive to offer superior products and service, and have been doing so for over 60 years. In fact, our products and quality material are so unique that they carry the brand name Mataverde®.  To ensure such high levels of excellence, we possess a number of industry certifications and memberships that help use to meet and exceed our professional and philosophical goals. Below is a list of a few of our certifications and how our involvement with each group benefits our customers. 

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Topics: USGBC, industry certifications, certifications, NAHB, The American Institute of Architects, U.S. Green Building Council, Forest Stewardship Council, FSC, National Association of Home Builders

Top 10 Reasons to Pre-Finish Ipe Exterior Hardwood Decking or Siding

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

“If Ipe decking and other hardwoods are so good, why should I have to pre-finish hardwood decking or siding at all?  The answer is you don’t have to pre-finish hardwood decking or siding, but it is a very good idea to do so”.

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Topics: finish options for ipe, finish options for hardwood decking, finish options for hardwood siding

The 3 Biggest Problems Affecting Hardwood Decking

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

The three biggest problems affecting the look and performance of hardwood decking materials are completely preventable; improper moisture management (draining and ventilation), improper acclimation and improper finishing.  Because high density tropical hardwood species like Ipe, Cumaru, Garapa and Machiche are so strong, hard and long lasting, many people believe that nothing should be done before installing them on a deck, siding or other outdoor structure. While it is true that these hardwood decking and siding species have some remarkable physical properties, they are still natural wood products and must be treated as such, especially initially.

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Topics: best building practice, decking problems, avoiding decking problems

Garapa Hardwood Selected for Pergola, Outdoor Benches and Decking

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

“Brighton Common, the newly built plaza in Brighton is breathing new life into this Boston neighborhood. The plaza is being named in honor of Mary Talty, the late teacher, resident and community improvement advocate. Garapa hardwood played a dominant role in the natural look of the design of this community project.”

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Topics: garapa decking, affordable decking, garapa, garapa wood, garapa hardwood

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