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Thinking of Exotic Hardwoods for Your Project? Here’s What to Expect

Wood is one the most beautiful and environmentally friendly products in the world. It comes in a variety of colors, textures, patterns, grain, and much more. It is a natural material that can’t be duplicated and sometimes it may be hard to envision exactly what will arrive at your doorstep after […]

 
Common Ipe Decking Problems

Common Ipe Decking Problems

What to Expect When Working with Ipe No material comes without its share of challenges, and Ipe is no exception. This includes drilling, cutting, and price. Addressing these problems individually will help you understand why they arise and how you can solve them Predrilling is a must on any hardwood, […]

 
Is Cumaru the New Ipe?

Is Cumaru the New Ipe?

Cumaru isn’t exactly the new kid on the block in the exotic decking neighborhood, but it has recently become the choice of wood for many designers, architects, and contractors. Its versatility, color, and similarity to Ipe has allowed Cumaru to be used for residential and commercial applications. Cumaru is very […]

 
The Environment and Your Decking

The Environment and Your Decking

Preserving the rainforest is a concern shared by companies, countries, and individuals all over the world. The rainforests are a unique niche in which an abundant array of species live and thrive. Not only is the rainforest a habitat for animals and wildlife, but it also provides an abundant amount […]

 
Gazebo vs. Pergola

Gazebo vs. Pergola

Gazebos and pergolas have been around for hundreds of years. Both pergolas and gazebos give decks and backyards a new perspective that is pleasing to the eye and practical. Gazebos are covered areas, usually hexagonal in shape, that offer a complete roof and closed off surroundings. Gazebos at one point […]

 

How to Properly Acclimate Decking and Siding

All wood breathes, no matter what kind it is. The fibers that make up the wood absorb and release moisture. It’s required that before you begin installation, you allow the decking to acclimate to your local environment. This helps prevent large expansion and contraction of the wood once it’s installed. […]

 
Ipe vs Pressure Treated Pine: A Knock Out

Ipe vs Pressure Treated Pine: A Knock Out

Doing a full comparison between Ipe and Pressure Treated Pine for decking is like comparing Kobe beef and a McDonald’s beef patty. Pressure treated pine works well as the frame of your decking but not as the decking itself. Pressure treated pine lasts only for about 5-10 years and must […]