How does is handle intense sunlight? I live in Arizona.IPE has been used at my workplace in several areas. It needs to be treated with teak oil a couple times a year. It is a very hard wood and grays rather quickly if not treated. Having seen firsthand how it reacts to Maine winters i would not recommend it anywhere that snow will be present. It just does not hold up to prolonged freezing/wet conditions.
I seem to be repeating myself, BUT please enlighten us all on why PT wood is bad
Our summers are a little over three months of the year so i don’t know but i saw firsthand that snow/ice wreaks havoc with the attachment system used to hold the boards in place. The Ipe decks that were installed up here had no visible screws in the wood but rather were attached from the side/underneath.How does is handle intense sunlight? I live in Arizona.
The stuff that was going out post covid was rough. It was so wet it was almost dripping when I picked it up from the lumber yard. Where it's most noticeable I made two gates which I made some miter cuts in. The gate in the front of my house shrunk rapidly in the sun and warped and developed spaces. The gate on my side porch has been gradually drying and has no such issues. The flight of stairs I did dried up and shrank quite a bit though.Yeah....be careful with spacing the new "wet" crap they sell. It shrank a lot more than I expected and it's dangerous on the deck if I'm wearing my spike heels. Also seems the stuff cups a lot more than it used to, so pay attention to the end grain and lay it "frowning" so the board doesn't end up being a rain gutter.
Thank you. I appreciate the compliment. I came up with the design concept, developed it into a working plan, and managed the construction of this project. I built just the first few panels with the carpenters, so it's really their work more than mine. I'll pass along your compliment.If that's your work, I nominate you a King Deck Builder; I won't even ask how much the deck system was worth, let alone the house when it hit the market.
That's right. I re-built my deck 3 years ago. I butted the PT boards up tightly together, and now they are all at a perfect 1/4" or so spacing apart.To reiterate, treated wood needs to be butted against each other due to shrinkage. I'll be 69 next month, so I know about shrinkage.