Common Issues

Ipe Gone Gray

Ipe Gone Gray

Written by on November 13, 2019 in Common Issues with 0 Comments

Distinguished or just old looking? It is one of the most common questions amongst ipe owners – whether to take on the rigorous maintenance required to preserve the beauty of the wood, or just let it age naturally because it is unlikely to ever rot. You may find, like me, that as your interest in […]

Deck Safety

Deck Safety

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

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 Myths

Does Exotic Deck Wood Ever Rot?

Does Exotic Deck Wood Ever Rot?

Written by on July 14, 2015 in IPE Myths with 0 Comments

A Cautionary Tale of Rot and Restoration One of the biggest myths about exotic deck woods is that they never rot. It’s not something we see every day, but it does happen. All wood is capable of rotting. That’s what keeps it interesting. A handful of contributing factors have to converge for exotic deck wood […]

IPE Myth: It Just Doesn’t Accept Oil

IPE Myth: It Just Doesn’t Accept Oil

Written by on June 28, 2015 in IPE Myths with 0 Comments

I was doing some reading the other day on one of the social media sites, I think it was Pinterest. There, I came across a discussion about IPE, wherein the group was discussing the challenges of making oils work in IPE. One contributor concluded: “Oil just doesn’t penetrate IPE…” This is a classic IPE myth. […]

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