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Anatomy of a Hardwood Deck Project

Posted by Chris Nolan on Thu, Jul 25, 2019 @ 07:07 AM

THE BEST WAY TO BUILD AND INSTALL A LONG-LASTING BEAUTIFUL HARDWOOD DECK

“Various hardwood decking species can be combined together to create a completely different look for your deck. In this case, Ipe decking and Garapa decking were combined together artfully for a totally unique project. It may sound a little eclectic, but I think you’ll agree that the results are stunning and the clients are thrilled with their new deck.”

Bob Ohle, of Brookhill Builders, Inc. in Wadsworth, Illinois recently completed a beautiful hardwood deck for his own home.  After looking at the care and diligence Bob exercised when building this remarkable hardwood deck, we thought it was just too good not to share his secrets with you.  You can see more pictures of this deck and Brookhill Builders' other work on their Facebook page here.

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Topics: Ipe Decking, Garapa Decking, Hardwood Decking Installation, Hardwood Decking

Ipe Decking Problems

Posted by Dave Walters on Wed, Jun 19, 2019 @ 13:06 PM

Ipe Decking Problems

Over the years I have heard some objections about Ipe decking; 'you have to pre-drill the Ipe deck boards', 'Ipe wood is hard to cut', 'Ipe decks turn gray' and 'Ipe is expensive'. I’m pretty sure that covers all the problems I have ever heard about Ipe hardwood. All I have to say is…are you serious?! Ipe is the most beautiful and amazing wood decking I've ever seen. Let’s take a look at each of these objections about Ipe.

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Topics: Ipe Decking, Hardwood Decking Installation

Can you Prevent Checks and Cracks in Large Timbers?

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 @ 05:10 AM

Although it is impossible to prevent a certain amount of checking and cracking in heavy or large timbers, there are techniques that can be used to help minimize this naturally occurring phenomena.  You may be surprised to learn that some checking can be beneficial to exterior woods. 

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Topics: Hardwood Decking Installation

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: Hardwood Decking Installation, Rain Screen

Hardwood Decking Installation Tips - Step by Step

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Aug 2, 2016 @ 06:08 AM

Building a hardwood deck is an all-natural and beautiful long term investment in your lifestyle. Peace of mind, relaxation, entertainment and outdoor living are some of the key benefits of extending the living space of your home outside.  The long-lasting durability of a hardwood deck makes it very important to install it properly, so it can become a long term sanctum of enjoyment. This installation used Mataverde® Ipe hardwood for the decking, but the same principles hold true for other hardwood decking species, too.

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Topics: Hardwood Decking Installation