Posts Tagged ‘ipe’

Tigerwood Dock

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Do it right the first time. Building a dock, which will be exposed to water and weather on a regular basis, requires careful planning of the construction and material choices to use. Docks are naturally difficult to construct because of the water surrounding them and pilings to which they  attach. This is why building a dock right the first time is so important. If you choose the best materials the first time around, then you can rest easy knowing it will outlast inferior materials. You will avoid costly and incessant repairs year after year. If you invest more on your dock the first time around, but it lasts twice as long and you do not spend your spring and summer every year on nagging repair work, then you are much better off. Time is money; free time is invaluable!  Save yourself the headache and do it right the first time. In addition to  the benefit of enjoying longer-lasting materials,, these materials also are much more beautiful.. Tigerwood is just such a superior choice for this application. Tigerwood’s density makes it an ideal choice material for marine applications. It will outlast softwoods, even pressure treated, by leaps and bounds. You can see from the pictures below how much more beautiful it is than a lower quality pine or pressure treated deck. Aside from its beauty, you will enjoy Tigerwoods integrity as it will outlast inferior materials two fold. It also provides a safer walking surface for tender feet as a result of its tight grain and resistance to warping and splintering.

Majestic Tigerwood Deck on Texas Lake copy

tigerwood dock

How do I apply a protective finish to my Ipe Deck?

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

How do I apply a protective finish to my Ipe Deck?

                Whether you buy Ipe, Cumaru, Garapa or Tigerwood decking, you need to apply a deck finish if you want to maintain the deep, varied and rich tones of your hardwood deck.  I recommend Penofin Penetrating Oil Finish.  Penofin is easy to install and one coat every 6 months to a year is plenty.  How often Penofin treatment is needed depends on whether your deck receives direct sun, rain and much foot traffic.

How easy is Penofin to install?  All you need is an old T-shirt ripped in half, a pad for your knees, rubber gloves so your hands aren’t stained, and Penofin.  Penofin recommends one gallon for every 400-500 square feet.  I find that about 2 quarts is plenty for 360 square feet.

Wash the deck thoroughly and allow it to dry.  I prefer to wait 24-48 hours after cleaning.  Applying any finish to a wet deck will cause problems.  The Penofin finish cannot penetrate the Ipe decking and the water creates a barrier to penetration.  This can make the surface tacky and will collect dust and dirt.  Shake the Penofin thoroughly.  I fold the T-shirt several times and dip on section into the Penofin can and rub the oil into the Ipe decking boards.  You don’t need a lot of “elbow grease.”  Just be sure to rub the Penofin oil in so that there is no excess.  Once again, the excess will become tacky or sticky and collect dirt and dust.  Applying one coat will take about 45 minutes for 350 square feet.  I usually let the porch dry before I let kids and dogs run across.

Any unused Penofin can be saved.  Just be sure to store the can away from heat.

Why Penofin?  Penofin claims that it offers 99% protection against the damaging effects of UV rays from the sun.  Penofin also offers mold and mildew protection and penetrates dense hardwoods like Ipe, Tigerwood, Cumaru and Garapa.

Below are pictures of a 7 year old Ipe deck before cleaning, after cleaning, and after the Penofin treatment.   The other photo is a Garapa deck that was coated with Penofin.

 

 

cleaning and treating Ipe Deck or Porch

cleaning and treating Ipe Deck or Porch

 

Penofin treated Garapa flooring

Penofin treated Garapa flooring

penofin gallon

 

What will my Ipe or hardwood deck look like after several years?

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

What will my Ipe or hardwood deck look like after several years?

                Homeowners ask two common questions when they consider buying Ipe, Cumaru, Garapa or Tigerwood   for their new deck.  How much maintenance will I have to do to Ipe decking?  What will Ipe decking look like with little maintenance?  The pictures below are from an Ipe front porch and Ipe back deck and stairs which were built in 2006.  The front Ipe porch faces east and receives direct sun.  The Ipe deck boards are covered but get wet in rainstorms.  The back Ipe deck is on the west side of the house under a large oak tree.  The tree drops a lot of leaves and other debris and the Ipe decking receives afternoon sun through the tree.

The homeowner cleans the front porch annually with a bleach-based cleaner available at any Lowe’s or Home Depot.  After the annual cleaning, he applies one coat of Penofin to protect the Ipe wood against sun and water damage.  He only blows off the porch decking every few weeks the rest of the year.

The back Ipe decking is cleaned about every 2 years with a power washer.  The homeowner uses no cleaning fluids, no brushes and no Penofin.  The homeowner will blow leaves and other debris off the Ipe deck every other week.

You can plainly see the difference in appearance from the two levels of maintenance.  The back porch Ipe color has faded over time.  Notably, however, the Ipe deck boards show no sign of rot and no scratches.  Over these 7 years, two Labrador retrievers and one Wire-haired pointing Griffon called this porch deck home.  While you may notice some paw scratches on the white doors, the Ipe decking shows no sign of dog nail scratches.

 

Uncleaned 7yr old Ipe Porch

Un-cleaned 7yr old Ipe Porch

 

Never Treated, Un-Cleaned 7yr old  Ipe Deck

Never Treated, Un-Cleaned 7yr old Ipe Deck

Pool Deck

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Thinking about building a pool deck? Pool decks add the right look and feel for your in-ground or above ground pool. Concrete is so bland and generic. Wood trim or a full deck around your pool will add beauty, ambiance and uniqueness to your backyard. A pool deck surrounding your above ground pool will add a necessary point of access into the water and a nice area to BBQ, lay out under the sun or socialize. There are many options of how to build pool decks and several materials to choose from. We recommend searching online for ideas and working with a contractor to design your  unique pool deck.

When deciding on materials to use there are several questions to answer. How long do I want my pool deck to last? How safe does it need to be? What looks the best? How much will it cost? Most want the pool deck to last as long as possible. Most want a beautiful pool deck. Most want a deck safe for bare feet and unlikely to warp and twist. Everyone wants to save money. Luckily, the answer to all of these questions can be found by using several species of wood.

Before getting to those species, we should first point out perhaps the least adequate species, Pine. Pine has a very short life expectancy and tends to warp, twist and split under the sun and in wet conditions. Though Pine is inexpensive, it is costly in the long run due to the need for frequent repair and replacement of boards.

So what wood should you use? There are several good choices, all of which are Hardwoods. Hardwoods provide a much longer life expectancy than softwoods like pine and have much lower maintenance and extended life expectancies. Four species in particular have grown in popularity and provide the highest level of safety, beauty, longevity and overall cost effectiveness. The first and best of the four species is Ipe. The second is Cumaru. The third is Tigerwood and the fourth is Garapa. All four species are extremely dense, impervious to rot, water and sun damage, splintering and insects.  Ipe, Cumaru, Garapa and Tigerwood have different colors that appeal to varying tastes.  Each has a tight grain pattern which means that they will not tend to splinter, twist or warp.  The right pool deck can be the highlight of your backyard and the centerpiece of attraction. Learn more about Ipe, Cumaru, Tigerwood, and Garapa by exploring Everlasting Hardwoods. We urge you to research these species to learn how you can benefit from choosing them. Good Luck!

 

 

ipe pool railing

Ipe Pool Railing

ipe wood pool railing

Ipe Pool Railing. This pool would look gorgeous with complimentary Ipe Pool Decking!

A Fantastic article with pictures about Ipe outlasting Pine in harsh conditions is available here:

http://www.ohc.net/ipe-vs-treated-pine/

What is Ipe?

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

What is Ipe? Ipe, pronounced EEE-PAY, is an extremely dense hardwood from South America. It’s use is growing in popularity rapidly across the United States. Some refer to it as Brazilian Walnut. It is most commonly used for Ipe Decking and Ipe Hardwood Flooring. Ipe furniture is also a high quality product produced from this wood. The Ipe tree more specifically comes from the Brazilian Rainforest. Fortunately, responsible harvesting and forestry management of this product ensures a lasting and reliable supply to the United States. Ipe is now farmed commercially in many parts of South America. Ipe wood is very long lasting and highly resistant to mold, mildew, rot, bugs, scratches, dents and marks. It is low maintenance compared to inferior decking and flooring woods. The grain of the wood is so small and tight that it is ideal for bare feet and provides a safer walking surface than other woods. Consumers choose Ipe over other options because it is a green alternative to synthetics, a renewable resource and outlasts any other species. It has a beautiful rich color, especially when treated with a sealer. The sealer we recommend is Penofin. Penofin is naturally extracted and produced from Brazilian Rosewood Oil. It is environmentally friendly, provides 99% UV protection, is odorless, and has 0 VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds.) Ipe is typically quite expensive in comparison to softwoods; however, it’s extended lifespan lower maintenance cost and time and soundness make Ipe a long-term value and the initial investments pays off in the end. See this blog about Ipe vs Pine to see an example with supporting evidence. Ipe wood is often used on porches, docks, decks, at marinas, as commercial and residential siding, for furniture, pergolas and gazebos. There are other exotic hardwoods growing in popularity with Ipe. Tigerwood, Cumaru, and Garapa are also raising eyebrows. Though Ipe is the most sought-after of the four, the other three retain similar characteristics and uses. More specifics about Ipe ( What is Ipe? ) wood are below.

  • Ipe’s Scientific Name: Handroanthus spp.
  • Ipe Tree Size: 100 ft (30 m) tall, 2-3 ft (.6-1.0 m) trunk diameter
  • Specific Gravity @ 12% MC: .91-1.1
  • Janka Hardness: 3,510 lbs
  • Modulus of Rupture: 25,660 lbf/in2
  • Elastic Modulus: 3,200,000 lbf/in2
  • Crushing Strength: 13,600 lbf/in2
  • Shrinkage: Radial= 5.9%, Tangential= 7.2%, Volumetric= 12.4%

What is Ipe? More about What is Ipe? :

Ipe is 3 times harder than Oak. It has similar appearance and qualities to Teak wood. Ipe is superior in Decking applications and structural applications over Teak. Ipe has a class 1 fire rating which is the same rating that concrete and steel fall under! There are few dealers of Ipe, Tigerwood, Cumaru and Garapa in the United States. Overseas Hardwoods Company is the oldest provider with a long track record of responsible lumber purchasing, has the most inventory on site in many sizes and has the most experienced staff in house. OHC is based out of Mobile Alabama. Ipe and other tropical hardwoods should always be purchased from reputable suppliers like Overseas Hardwoods Company to ensure it has been responsibly harvested. This in turn prevents unlawful harvesting and deforestation and creates a sustainable harvesting operation in Brazil and other parts of South and Central America. Consumers often believe that using composite and plastic decking is safer and greener. This is unfortunate because producing these composite materials is irreversible and detrimental to the environment. See a short article on composite decking vs hardwood decking here. Ipe is natural. Ipe is a renewable recourse. Ipe is safe, long lasting, strong and low maintenance. Ipe wood is a fantastic choice for many types of outdoor projects. Overseas Hardwoods Company strongly recommends the use of Ipe for multiple applications, especially decking. To speak with an experienced hardwoods representative that can answer more of your questions like ” What is Ipe? ” call 877-568-7616 or visit OHC sales team on the web.

Pictures of notable characteristics of Ipe when used as Decking, flooring or furniture:

Top 10 Outdoor Room Design Ideas

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Top 10 Outdoor Room Design Ideas

 

One of the hottest trends in home decorating lately is the outdoor room.  An outdoor room provides an ideal location to enjoy fresh air, cool breezes, and pleasant conversation with family and friends.  Sun porches, patios, and balconies make great starting points but a hidden room tucked away in a quiet spot in the garden is a treasure, too.  Explore these top 10 outdoor room design ideas to discover ways to bring the indoors out at the place you call home.

 

1 — Outdoor Dining

 

 

People have enjoyed dining al fresco for ages but it’s only been recently that we started creating very well-appointed dining areas outside.  Every outdoor dining area will have table and chairs, of course, but some come with complete outdoor kitchens now, too.  An umbrella cover over the dining table keeps the sun at bay for mid-day dining and creates a cozy canopy for entertaining under the stars.  Outdoor dining’s not just about picnics anymore.

 

2 — Screened-In Porch

 

 

A screened-in porch is not entirely outside but it’s not entirely a part of the home’s interior, either.  This peaceful retreat combines the best of both worlds and can be as exposed to Mother Nature as desired.  Since it’s protected from the elements, feel free to decorate elaborately but do stay mindful that dampness and temperature extremes will have an effect on upholstery, linens, wood furniture, and other delicate furnishings.

 

3 — Rustic and Cozy Porch

 

 

No screen required for a rustic and cozy porch like this one.  Furnish an open-air porch with things that will stand up to whatever the wind blows in.  A few comfy chairs for friendly conversation and a table or two to hold a good book and a glass of wine are all that’s really needed.

 

4 — Garden Shed Oasis

 

 

Turn your garden shed into a peaceful oasis by extending it on one side to accommodate garden furniture and container plants.  Make sure the shed has a door to close off the work housed inside so the mind can relax and escape every care while thinking of nothing at all.

 

5 — Hideaway in the Woods

 

 

Escape even further with a garden retreat built into the back of the garden.  Make it a library and reading room or an artist’s studio.  Or a workshop.  Fill it with music and crank it up loud, knowing you’ve got enough privacy that volume won’t annoy others.  Install a hot tub or Jacuzzi.  The possibilities are endless for a hideaway in the woods.  Once its reason for being is determined, enclose it as much as need be or leave it open and airy.

 

6 — Watch the Clouds Roll By

 

 

Install a hammock in the yard somewhere, crawl in, and watch the clouds roll by.  Or the moon and the stars.  The weightlessness of a hammock makes it almost impossible to resist the temptation of a good nap, like sleeping on a cloud.  Careful, though; hammocks can be habit-forming.

 

7 — Terrace with a View

 

 

Turn a balcony into a lush, plant-filled terrace with garden furniture arranged to take full advantage of a breathtaking view or fiery sunset.  A balcony off the bedroom provides a tranquil way to face a new day, cup of coffee in hand as the sun rises.  Arrange garden furniture, plants, and screens for added privacy.

8 — Balcony Basics

 

 

Opulence can be a nice place to visit but some people prefer elegant simplicity for everyday living.  To relax after a long busy day without a lot of gardening or tidying up to do, a few simple pieces of comfortable garden furniture provides the ideal setting to escape life’s hustle and bustle on a quiet, private balcony.  Stick to high-quality basics of good design to create a serene setting and let the wonders of nature chase your cares away.

 

9 — Tea Time in the Garden

 

 

Garden enthusiasts love getting their hands dirty but they also enjoy time to sit back and survey the fruits — and flowers — of their labors.  Create a simple spot in the midst of the garden to sit back, observe the scene, and figure out what to plant next.  Tea time in the garden is a most inviting event when a few simple pieces provide a cozy, colorful place for contemplation.

 

10 — Pool Time

 

 

A private swimming pool of any size is a backyard delight.  Surround it with water-resistant furniture and umbrellas to block the sun.  Include tables to hold food and drink since nothing seems to work up an appetite quite like a good swim does.  Include some deck chairs for sunbathing and outdoor storage to keep towels and sunscreen handy.

 

An outdoor room of any style is a delight during the daytime and can be equally enjoyable after dark.  Be sure to have plenty of lighting situated where it enhances the mood and provides just enough light to keep after-dark enjoyment free of accidents.  Be sure to plant some white flowers around your outdoor room, too.  White flowers pop to life in the moonlight when more vibrantly colored blooms fade into shadow.

 

Author bio: Rebecca is an author and blogger from London. He often writes about outdoor entertainment and how outdoor furniture, garden benches, patio furniture & sun loungers can create the perfect environment.

Building Green Recourses: Homes Interior

 

 

Products Made with Ipe with Stand the Test of Time and Elements

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

When it comes to choosing products for the outdoor areas of your home, it would be difficult to find a product that combines beauty, durability and practicality quite the way that furniture and decking constructed from Ipe wood does.  What exactly is Ipe you ask?  Well for those who have not heard of this versatile nearly indestructible wood, here’s a crash course.

This is actually a tropical hardwood, pronounced ee-pay, which is found growing throughout Central America and South America as well as certain parts of Asia.  Found growing on both ridge tops and riverbanks, Ironwood as it is also called, is also grown easily in managed forests in the parts of the world to which it is indigenous.  Not an endangered species, this particular tree offers a good ecological alternative to other tropical hardwoods such as Teak and Mahogany.  Since it does grow quite well in a managed environment, responsible American importers of this wood generally purchase their entire stock from harvesters that have been certified through the Forestry Stewardship Council.  Certification with the FSC ensures that renewable sources for exotic hardwoods are utilized and is one of the best ways to end exploitive deforestation and encourage responsible forestry practices.

Going by different common names such as Brazilian Walnut, Lapacho, Amapa, Cortez, Guayacan polvillo and Madera negra and trades like Pau Lope, Diamond Decking and Ironwood, this species of tropical tree has a unique dense cell structure that makes it an ideal wood for use outdoors.  It is eight times harder than California Redwood and 368% harder than Teak.  It is also much less expensive than Teak.  The unique cell structure mentioned previously makes this wood so dense that it actually sinks in water.  This is also what makes the wood so impervious to infestation by termites and other insects.  In tests conducted by the United States Naval Research Laboratory it was found that Ipe wood left in the ground untreated was still without termite infestation after 15 years!  The heartwood is extremely resilient and is very resistant to attack by fungi and mold as well.

Because of its extreme resistance to splintering, again due to the tightly arrange cell structure, this wood is ideal for use in outdoor furniture and decking around pools and hot tubs.  Another built in safety feature is its slip resistance when wet.  Decking made from this tropical hardwood exceeds the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for Static Coefficient of friction in a wet environment.  That is a definite advantage when used in areas where small children frequently run and play.

Though the initial investment may be more than what would be expected if using products of lesser quality, because Ipe wood can be expected to provide a lifetime of use with minimal upkeep, the long term saves add up quickly since any outdoor project that uses this wood should never need to be replaced.    Leaving you with not only extra money but also extra time to spend enjoying your outdoor furniture and decking rather than working on it.