Which Hardwood Decking Material is Best?

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 09:10 AM

If you love the natural look of real wood decking, you probably already know that there are softwood and hardwood decking options that can meet your needs.  Softwood decking material options include pressure treated pine, cedar and redwood all of which require periodic finishing and refinishing to look good and last longer. Depending on your project needs, the best hardwood decking material options include Ipe, Cumaru, Garapa, Cambara and Machiche. 

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Topics: hardwood decking material, hardwood decking

Compare Ipe Decking to Cumaru Decking

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 @ 06:10 AM

Ipe and Cumaru are two great hardwood decking material options. They are both naturally beautiful and have a lot of amazing characteristics in common. Depending on your deck project needs, either species could be a viable decking choice worth considering.

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Topics: decking materials, compare ipe to cumaru, compare cumaru to ipe

Climate-Shield Rain Screen System Exceeds Industry Ventilation Requirements

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 @ 06:10 AM

"Under dynamic wind loading conditions, the Climate-Shield® Rain Screen System™ exceeds industry ventilation standards by a factor of up to 85 times the minimum requirements." 

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Topics: rain screen design

Deck Installation Tips: Eurotec Deck System vs. Sleepers

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Oct 4, 2016 @ 06:10 AM

Rooftop Deck Design and Installation Made Easy

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Topics: Mataverde Eurotec Deck System

Wood Rain Screen Design Options

Posted by Dave Walters on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 @ 06:09 AM

Confessions of a Rain Screen Addict

Six years ago I didn’t even know what a rain screen was. Since then, I have learned a lot. Now I’m a true believer. Here are a few tidbits about properly designed rain screens that I’ve picked up along the way:

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Topics: rainscreen design

Wood Decking and Siding Movement Common Causes and Cures

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 @ 06:09 AM

When wood acclimates too quickly, oftentimes there are unintended consequences, such as unwanted movement of the boards. Exterior woods are occasionally put in environments that “hurry” the acclimation period. Although wood will acclimate initially year round, the months of June, July and August, in particular are often very hot, which encourages rapid acclimation and dimensional changes (typically board shrinkage). In many parts of the US, these same months are very humid as well, which can encourage wood movement in other unexpected ways, such as twisting, warping or cupping. 

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Topics: rain screen installation, decking installation

Covered Structures for Wood Decks

Posted by Ed Keagle, AIA on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 @ 06:09 AM

If you have ever enjoyed any of the photos in our decking galleries you may have noticed that many of the more appealing projects have an overhead element incorporated into the deck design.  That could be an arbor, a pergola, trellis, or another kind of canopy, even a covered porch. In deck design, these airy structures not only add to the visual excitement of the deck; they also serve many practical functions.

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Topics: deck design