Category Archives: Ipe Wood

The Environment and Your Decking

AdvantageLumber.com is committed to responsible forestry.

AdvantageLumber.com is committed to responsible forestry.

Preserving the rainforest is a concern shared by companies, countries, and individuals all over the world. The rainforests are a unique niche in which an abundant array of species live and thrive. Not only is the rainforest a habitat for animals and wildlife, but it also provides an abundant amount of oxygen to our atmosphere. Unfortunately, because of economic and political pressures, ecological priorities are often pushed aside.

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Gazebo vs. Pergola

Gazebos and pergolas have been around for hundreds of years. Both pergolas and gazebos give decks and backyards a new perspective that is pleasing to the eye and practical.

This gazebo, made out of Ipe, is a gorgeous addition to this home.

This gazebo, made out of Ipe, is a gorgeous addition to this home.

Gazebos are covered areas, usually hexagonal in shape, that offer a complete roof and closed off surroundings. Gazebos at one point were thought of as summerhouses or pavilions. Their privacy and distance from the main home allows them to have an aura of being a home away from home.

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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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Ipe vs Pressure Treated Pine: A Knock Out

When you see these two materials side by side, it's obvious which one is superior.

When you see these two materials side by side, it’s obvious which one is superior.

Doing a full comparison between Ipe and Pressure Treated Pine for decking is like comparing Kobe beef and a McDonald’s beef patty. Pressure treated pine works well as the frame of your decking but not as the decking itself. Pressure treated pine lasts only for about 5-10 years and must be constantly stained and finished. Ipe on the other hand, is an all-natural wood, proven to last over 75 years without any chemical treatment. The Coney Island boardwalk was in service since the 1940s! Boards from that landmark boardwalk have been reclaimed and reused for many applications from patio furniture to indoor flooring.

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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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Advantage Ipe™ Deck Tile Installation on a Balcony or Terrace

Just how easy is it to install Advantage Ipe deck tiles? Watch this video and see you can turn a large balcony into an attractive deck in just one afternoon:

Renovating your outdoor space doesn’t have to be a hassle! You can get the beautiful outdoor oasis of your dreams much easier than you think. With Advantage Deck Tiles, installation is quick, easy and inexpensive! In fact, it is so simple that you can transform your old concrete patio or rooftop deck in a matter of hours!

If you’re like me, then constant deck maintenance does not excite you one bit. That’s what is so great about Ipe deck tiles. They are very low maintenance with a lifespan of over 75 years, so you can install and relax! They are even resilient to decay and mold. No muss, no fuss!

The dark walnut color of Ipe will match effortlessly to any outdoor space, whatever your style may be. Your friends will be green with envy when they see how much better your deck looks than theirs. Buy Advantage Ipe™ Deck Tiles online or call 1-877-232-3915 to get your free quote.

Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail: Ipe Bridge is Beautiful in this Columbus Nature Park

The Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail Bridge Spans over Rt. 33 in Columbus. Photo by Shari Lewis

The Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail Bridge Spans over Rt. 33 in Columbus.
Photo by Shari Lewis

Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail is a trail that spans 12 miles of Blacklick Creek in Reynoldsburg, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. This creek is 27 miles long that covers three counties in the Coluonmbus metro area. Blacklick Creek received its name from Native Americas who noticed the many animals that came to the creek licked the black salt stones along its bank.

Columbus transitions from a humid continental and humid subtropical climate. The winters are long, cold, and dry, and the summers are hot and humid. The city’s location makes it susceptible to the traditional midwestern thunderstorms, hail, and possible tornadoes.

When designing a bridge for the Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail, officials had the opportunity to choose a strong reliable hardwood. They needed something that would be able to stand the test of time against harsh winters, and humid summers. Ipe decking was perfect for the job, since it excels in almost any climate.

Ipe hardwood has the ability to resist water intrusion. Why is this? It’s because the natural grain of this hardwood is extremely tight and dense. It keeps the water out, so it doesn’t even have a chance to cause any warping, cracking, or splitting of the deck board.

With an exotic hardwood like Advantage Ipe, you can’t go wrong. It lasts up to 100 years, it resists warping, cracking, and splitting. Water just rolls off of the grain. It’s no wonder why Ipe has been such a trusted material when it comes to long term application. The results speak for themselves, Ipe wont let you down.