“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.”
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.
“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”.
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.
“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.”
There are a lot of compelling reasons for using a rain screen system for your home or outdoor structure. Whether you are building new construction or rejuvenating the façade of
your existing home or building, a properly designed rain screen system can offer many health benefits and add measurably to the sustainability and longevity of your structure. Choosing wood siding for your rain screen system adds a whole new dimension to the look and feel of your home or building.
“We are often asked by architects, builders and homeowners, “Which is better - Ipe wood or Garapa?” Tough question, but tasty. It’s almost like asking which is the better ice cream, Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough or Haagen-Dazs Rocky Road. While they are both incredible in their own right, it ultimately comes down to what is important to you and what you like.”
“The site of the former Canton Airport is now being converted into a park by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation for use by all. As a historical footnote, Charles Lindbergh once landed at this site.”
Are you thinking of expanding your outdoor living space by adding a deck onto your home? If you're in the market but aren't sure exactly what type of wood and materials make for the best deck, look no further! If you've not heard of Cumaru decking before now, get familiar! It's a must-have material for your new deck or patio area. With its yellowy brown to reddish brown natural color variations, cumaru hardwood decking and lumber is a great option for decks and other outdoor projects.
When designing the recently completed Carpenter’s Union Training Center in Austin, Texas, architect David Prickett of Carlile Coatsworth Architects chose the Climate-Shield rain screen system due to its superior sustainable design capabilities. Because the Climate-Shield rain screen system requires no wood furring strips, there is a minimal amount (typically less than 2%) of thermal bridging on the exterior of the building. Equally important, the lack of obstructions on the building envelope allows for a superior and unimpeded moisture removal, from within the building and any bulk water outside the structure. This is a unique design advantage of the Climate-Shield rain screen system.