Common Issues

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Deck Safety

Written by on May 29, 2017 in Common Issues with 0 Comments
Deck Safety

Memorial Day often kicks off the outdoor living season. Please take a moment to review some general guidelines for deck safety so that you can grill and enjoy cocktails with no worries all summer. These tips are provided by the North American Deck and Rail Association, which promotes deck safety awareness by recommending inspection and […]

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“Ipe Rules” Class at ’15 Deck Expo in Chicago

Written by on November 22, 2015 in Common Issues, IPE Rules with 0 Comments

Lively Discussion on Ipe Rules Wood snobs Scott Burt and Todd Pudvar, co-founders and trainers at Prep to Finish, taught an ipe class in Chicago at the 2015 Deck Expo held at the Navy Pier on October 1. The class included a power point presentation in support of the presentation on their popular Ipe Rules. […]

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Tips for Ipe Decking Inspection: Selection and Rejection

Written by on September 7, 2015 in Common Issues with 0 Comments
Tips for Ipe Decking Inspection: Selection and Rejection

What Should You Expect when Purchasing Ipe Decking? The old timers call it “culling the pile”, and even though you paid a premium price for your ipe decking, it is still necessary to give it a close look when it arrives on your site. While it is exotic wood and a premium deck building material, […]

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Ipe Deck Maintenance: When is it Time?

Written by on August 30, 2015 in Common Issues with 0 Comments
Ipe Deck Maintenance: When is it Time?

Another of the most common questions we receive from ipe deck owners. The answer is pretty simple. When your deck starts to look dull, gray and faded out, it is time to maintain. In other words, you probably know how ipe is supposed to look – rich, deep red and brown tones – and when […]

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IPE End Grain: What’s Wrong with this Picture?

Written by on July 4, 2015 in Common Issues with 0 Comments
IPE End Grain: What’s Wrong with this Picture?

A picture is said to be worth a thousand words. In this case, it is definitely worth a few IPE questions. Here’s a short case study that captures some of the most common questions about IPE end grain and joints, and best installation practices for longevity.  So, let’s take a look at what is wrong […]

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IPE Advice: The Worst Things in Life are Free Too.

Written by on June 27, 2015 in Common Issues, Uncategorized with 1 Comment
IPE Advice: The Worst Things in Life are Free Too.

Many of our reader inquiries are about seasonal maintenance on existing IPE decks. The stories are similar: “We installed our IPE deck last Fall and it looked great. Now, it has turned gray, has scratches and stains in it…how do we bring it back to its rich brown/red tone?” IPE Maintenance There are several ways […]

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Ipe Deck “Checking”

Written by on June 12, 2015 in Common Issues with 2 Comments
Ipe Deck “Checking”

If you are here, you have probably read some of our ipe archives and have heard us refer to ipe deck “checking” as  a common and critical condition. It is very rare to see it in the early years of an ipe deck’s existence, but very common in the 5-15 year old decks, varying with […]

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