Category Archives: Ipe Wood

Is Cumaru the New Ipe?

Advantage Ipe™ & Advantage Cumaru™ are two gorgeous hardwood options.

Advantage Ipe™ & Advantage Cumaru™ are two gorgeous hardwood options.

Cumaru isn’t exactly the new kid on the block in the exotic decking neighborhood, but it has recently become the choice of wood for many designers, architects, and contractors. Its versatility, color, and similarity to Ipe has allowed Cumaru to be used for residential and commercial applications.

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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.

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