How-To Tips for Low Clearance Decking Installation and Design

    Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 @ 05:07 AM

    Low clearance decks (decks closer than 30” to the ground) have some unique challenges.  Moisture is the most damaging natural enemy of wood decking. Removing moisture effectively is the best way to improve performance and extend the lifetime of wood decking boards. The closer you build a deck to the ground, the more important it is to have a plan to manage moisture.  Avoid decking problems. Here's how.

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    Topics: deck design, deck installation

    Ipe Siding Withstands Punishing Great Lakes Weather

    Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Jul 10, 2018 @ 06:07 AM

    J Finazzo Construction Company specializes in commercial construction in Michigan. They have worked with the Climate-Shield® rain screen system on past projects, so they know how well it performs.  The punishing weather in the Great  Lakes region is well known.  So, when it came time to choose cladding for his own home, owner Johnpaul Finazzo choose Ipe hardwood siding. 

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    Topics: ipe siding, climate-shield

    Trespa Pura Siding Unveils New Ipe Wood Color

    Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Jul 3, 2018 @ 05:07 AM

    Trespa Pura sidings are a great cladding solution. The Trespa Pura Wood Décor Collection offers siding with the rich appearance of real wood with virtually no maintenance other than an occasional cleaning. And it just got more exciting. Trespa just added a brand new cladding that looks like real Ipe hardwood. We love it. Check it out.

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    Topics: Trespa Pura sidings

    What Makes Hardwood Decking Cup and How Can I Prevent It?

    Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Jun 26, 2018 @ 06:06 AM

    When there is an imbalance in a wood board, it may tend to cup. How does this happen? Occasionally (mostly with softwoods) the orientation of the grain in the board facilitates the board to cup. But it is external forces that causes the movement to happen. These forces (especially moisture) wreak the most havoc on hardwood deck boards. This is especially true with exterior woods, where there are many weather factors in play.

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    Topics: decking boards, deck installation

    Ipe Rain Screen Siding Graces Amazing Boathouse Design

    Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 @ 06:06 AM

    The new Canal Dock Boathouse is emerging from the New Haven, CT waterfront. This spectacular facility hopes to attract residents back to New Haven Harbor. The remarkable design features several types of high performance wood siding and metal cladding materials. Ipe hardwood siding in a rain screen system provides the natural beauty and a long-lasting facade.

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    Topics: rain screen siding, rain screen design