Despite this winter’s record snowfall in many parts of the country, summer is finally approaching. Across the country, homeowners are happily stowing away their shovels and snow blowers in anticipation of sunnier days. Many too, are making plans to build new decks or renovate tired old decks that have seen better days.
When it’s time to choose a decking material, people are often shocked by the number of wood decking and synthetic decking materials available. You can almost hear the collective groan. They simply want to know, which decking material is best? Well, one favorite among builders and homeowners is Ipe hardwood decking – chosen for its amazing strength, extreme durability and natural beauty. Read on for more advantages and how it may work for your project.
The Wall Street Journal calls IPE decking “tough as nails” because it is one of the world’s densest wood species. Eco friendly and sustainable, this rugged wood’s surface is naturally resistant to fire, mildew and insect damage. It also expands and contracts less than other materials. These benefits result in a surface which will easily look great, outperform alternative decking materials and has been to last for 50 years and longer. Now that’s durability!
This hardwood’s uniquely dense surface creates a potentially very low maintenance surface. (Good news if you want to avoid harsh chemicals and backbreaking labor.) Simply seal after installation with a rose oil based product such as Penofin and wash annually with a hydrogen peroxide based cleaner to remove grime and mold spores.
Left to weather naturally silvery gray if left untreated thereafter. If you wish to preserve its warm brown patina just apply an additional coat of Penofin sealer after your annual cleaning.