10 Dream Ipe Deck Ideas For Your Backyard

Posted by Liza Sivek on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 @ 05:06 AM

When dreaming of adding a hardwood deck to your home, you may be picturing a quiet oasis for yourself, or an outdoor room for family to gather in. We suggest picturing it in Ipe, one of the highest quality and most durable exotic hardwoods you can choose for your dream deck. It outlasts and outperforms virtually all other hardwood decking materials, staying just as beautiful and strong for decades, while still a low-maintenance option.

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Topics: Ipe Decking, Hardwood Decking, decking, dream deck, backyard deck, deck design ideas

Public Hardwood Rooftop Deck in Greater Seattle

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Jun 23, 2020 @ 05:06 AM

Kirkland, WA – Just outside of Seattle, Kirkland Urban is a new mixed-use office, retail, entertainment, and residential center located Kirkland’s central business district.  This redevelopment project provides shopping, dining, and entertainment options in publicly accessible open spaces. The rooftop deck in the outdoor amphitheater is cozy and inviting.

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Topics: Rooftop Decks

What is Trespa Pura Siding and Why Use it?

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Jun 16, 2020 @ 05:06 AM

When considering siding options for your home, most people think of wood siding, for a natural look, or vinyl siding for a low price.  Others consider fiber cement or metal siding.  Well, there is a new kid on the block; Trespa Pura siding. Trespa is an HPL (high pressure laminate) and offers you a better premium siding and cladding solution than nearly any product on the market.

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Topics: Trespa, wood siding

Tropical Hardwood Is, Well, Hard: Pro Tips for Cutting Ipe Decking

Posted by John Parent on Tue, Jun 9, 2020 @ 05:06 AM

High density hardwoods, such as Ipe , Machiche and Cumaru are the ideal decking material.  They are natural woods that are nearly indestructible, rot resistant, insect resistant, scratch resistant and they last for decades.  The qualities that make these woods so desirable for decking also make them, let’s just say, challenging to work with.  Believe me, I’ve been there.  I’d like to share some lessons I’ve learned the hard way that will save you time and labor.


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Topics: Hardwood Decking Installation, Hardwood Decking, decking

Water Infiltration and How Wood Rainscreens Work

Posted by John Parent on Tue, Jun 2, 2020 @ 05:06 AM

Most people in the building community understand what a rainscreen is.  Simply put, it is a separation of the cladding of a building from the structure of the building.  It’s like adding a second layer of protection against the elements. Why do we need it?  Because water is trying to kill your house.  While that may sound a little melodramatic, the truth is, water will make its way into any building eventually.  How does this happen and what can you do to protect your home?

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Topics: Rain Screen, rain screen installation, rainscreen, Sustainable design