Category Archives: Ipe Siding

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.

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Exterior Applications for Brazilian Hardwood

Give your home a face lift with the exotic and captivating look only natural wood can bring. Unlike any other material, wood brings both warmth and beauty to your project. Let your commercial location or home speak for itself by making the perfect first impression. The possibilities for exterior wood applications are endless, and Advantage Lumber can help you get the perfect materials for your designs.

Our Advantage Shiplap Siding™ will elevate your home in a way you never dreamed of.

Our Advantage Siding™ will elevate your home in ways you never dreamed of.

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Incredible Patio Remodeling Project Using Advantage Ipe™ Siding & Tiles

A patio is your home away from home. It’s a place to escape where all the worries and stress of everyday life melt away. The perfect way to turn your patio into this get away is to use hardwood. Wood has a beautiful welcoming feel that relaxes and comforts. This characteristic is embedded into our Ipe wood, which made it the reason why a Florida homeowner chose it for her patio remodel.

Ipe was used in every aspect of this patio remodeling, which featured creative applications such as benches, showers, and wall sidings. Its mechanical specifications came into consideration since Ipe has a 75 year lifespan and strong resistance to mold, decay, rot, and termites. These features became extremely important because it was used for a fully functional outdoor shower. The water coupled with its vapor would warp and possibly rot other species of wood, but not Ipe.

All the creative and unique features that this project encompasses could only be accomplished with Ipe. The resort style bench, shower, and siding needed the characteristics that only Ipe provides. Choose Advantage Ipe™ like this homeowner did, to build the patio of your dreams without breaking the piggy bank.

Siding Installation Pro Tip: Vertical Siding Installation Done Right

Vertical Siding Installation

So you’ve decided Advantage Rainscreen Siding™ is the right choice for your home renovation project. The only problem is that you want your home to stand out amongst the crowd of run-of-the-mill looks. For an eye-catching look not seen in many homes, vertical installation* of rainscreen siding is a definite possibility. When you combine the warm and inviting look of real, natural Advantage Hardwoods with an application such as vertical siding, you can get the dynamic look you are aiming for. Although, exotic hardwoods have a much better resistance to rot, mold, and decay, vertical installations of any type of siding will increase the potential for water intrusion.

Proper Installation of the Furring Strips is Key

What’s the best way to install vertical siding while decreasing the chances of water retention? Install furring strips diagonally.

The diagonal furring strips need to be nailed at 12” on center and at a 45° angle. Start installing on the right and work your way to the left. This will still allow the airspace to get the ventilation it needs. With this placement of the  furring strips you can install the siding vertical, horizontal, or in a pattern.

Advantage Rainscreen Siding™ Fasteners

Use rainscreen siding fasteners for easy installation. To install start at the corner using the starter clip that comes with your fastener kit, and attach it to the side. Fasten the siding to the furring strips, make sure to drive the stainless steel screw at a 45°,  and then place the next piece of siding in to the fastener with the pre-molded groove. Use a level to ensure the boards are aligned properly. When dealing with outside corners, you can use a vertical siding corner post.

Can You Install Furring Strips Horizontally?

Horizontal furring strips are not something that I recommend. While typical siding installation require furring strips to be installed vertically, this is not the case when it comes to vertical siding installation. If vertical siding was set onto horizontal furring strips, any water that intrudes would have no place to go. With that much water retention, problems like rot and decay will lead to even more problems like air leaks. Even if you take the time to cut enough slits in the strips for drainage, there is still no guarantee that it will be sufficient enough for the rainscreen siding to ventilate properly. Stick with vertical or diagonal furring strip placement for the best possible outcome.

Diagonal furring strips can open up doors when it comes to rainscreen siding patterns. Don’t you want to own a house that your neighbors will envy? It will look spectacular and will also help your siding last for years and years.

*PRIOR TO INSTALLATION: Although vertical installation is a creative choice for your siding project, you run the risk of increased water intrusion since water will run the length of the siding and possible enter through any open grooves.*

How to Buy Hardwood Siding from

Cumaru siding offers a beautiful look to any home's exterior.

What is the best wood siding? Cedar? Pine? Or something harder with a track record of reliable performance? Ipe and Cumaru are two hardwoods with an exceptional track record of performance.

At we offer two distinct and proven siding options for homes. Both of our siding profiles are offered in our most popular wood species (Ipe, Cumaru, Tigerwood, & Garapa). Our shiplap and hidden siding options are preferred by landscape architects and designers for their durability, longevity, and that warm, natural look you expect from tropical hardwood. Oh, and the fact, our siding is easy to install is something else you can look forward to.

Here are some details about ordering wood siding from

  • Every board is custom-milled at our two American mills.
  • Siding sold in even and odd lengths between 3′ to 20′.
  • We can pull your order to specific lengths.
  • Hidden siding fasteners are available (sold separately)
  • Add an additional upcharge of $0.80 per lineal foot for 15+ foot lengths.
  • Add $1.00 per lineal foot for 19′ & 20′ lengths.

If you’d like to learn more about siding options, call 1-877-232-3915.

Best Practices to Prevent Moisture Accumulation In Exterior Siding

Learn how to stop moisture from being a problem BEFORE you install wood siding.

Since the performance of wood siding can be affected by moisture, it’s important to take great care during the initial install. The whole house must be properly prepped and built to insure long-lasting service and to prevent moisture accumulation or excessive moisture fluctuation within building components that can induce checking, warping, rotting of wood and failure of the protective coating on the siding.

To prevent moisture penetration from adversely affecting the performance of wood siding:

Use dry materials during construction.

  • Using damp plywood, furring strips can trap water vapor inside of walls causing mold, mildew, odors and wood rot.

Keep in Mind Proper Ground Clearance

  • Untreated wood must not be in contact with the ground. Moisture from the soil can cause decay and insects can gain entry to your siding. Examine along the base of your home to make sure you have at least 6 to 8 inches of clearance between the ground and any wood siding or wood trim. If necessary, re-grade any soil away from the wood.

Seal the Wood

Using deck oil can help protect wood siding from moisture. The UV repelling attributes of hardwood deck oils can help reduce weathering. If you want to keep the lush look of the wood, simply reapply the oil to siding every other year, or as necessary. If you choose Ipe or Cumaru siding, your chances of insect penetration are diminished due to the intense density of these exotic hardwoods.

Design with Adequate Roof Overhang

  • Lack of proper roof drainage is another reason of waterproofing failure. It’s common practice for a roof to have 12 inches of overhang width for each floor. A single-story building, for example, would have a roof that overhangs one foot.

Install Appropriate Flashing

  • Flashing is the first line of defense in controlling moisture in wall assemblies. They intercept and direct the flow of water away from the structure.

Choose Custom Exotic Hardwood Siding from

Exotic hardwood siding is installed on houses for many good reasons. One of them it is to keep the bright new face of any home attractive, this exterior wooden skin should last the life of your home.

Give your home, cabin or business a unique look with our exotic hardwood siding. Exotic hardwood siding is naturally beauty, is timeless and the color and textures available are unmatched by other siding materials. These properties make our exotic wood siding adaptable to wide variety of architectural styles. Advantage Trim and Lumber carries a wide variety of exterior siding and we can custom mill your order in our own lumber mills.