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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

Why Pre-Finished Wood Rain Screen Siding Is a Great Idea

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

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.

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Topics: wood rainscreen, finish options for ipe, finish options for hardwood siding, wood siding

How Does Ipe Hardwood Decking Compare to Garapa Hardwood?

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

“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.”

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Topics: ipe decking, garapa decking, compare ipe to garapa, selecting the right decking

Ipe Hardwood Decking and Lumber Project in Canton, MA

Posted by Carolyn Crook on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

“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.”

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Topics: Ipe deck, affordable decking, ipe hardwood, ipe pergola, eco-friendly

Cumaru Lumber Creates Durable Outdoor Living Space

Posted by Michelle Nichols on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 @ 11:07 AM

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.

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Topics: cumaru decking, cumaru hardwood decking, cumaru wood, cumaru hardwood, best decking material, cumaru lumber, outdoor living space, patio, adding a deck, type of wood

Machiche Wood Rain Screen Project in Austin, Texas

Posted by Nuno Berg on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 @ 11:07 AM

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.

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Topics: FSC Machiche wood siding, rain screen installation, rainscreen design

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