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From what I have read, the most common problems with Ipe seems to be cupping
or bowing of the wood. What causes this?
Improper ventilation... improper selection of decking thickness and width...
improper air drying on site prior to installation... improper sealing
prior to installation... improper installation. A lot of things can cause
it. It takes experience to work with this material and install it right.
If my Ipe deck will get a fair amount of sun, how frequently should I
That totally depends upon the sealer you use. Could be twice a year if
you use something dumb like Thompsons. Could be every other year if you
use something beautiful like Sikkens. Might be once a lifetime.
you serious about once a lifetime?
There is a company that claims to seal an Ipe deck for life and guarantees
it for life. I am researching to see if we should offer this service to
our clients. Cost is $5/SF. If true, it would give you the best of both
worlds: The beauty of an exotic hardwood and the freedom and low cost
of a low maintenance composite.
How do your Network of Suppliers expect payment for the wood?
Answer: Depends on the supplier...
credit card, cashier's check, certified check, wire transfer, irrevocable
transferable letter of credit from your bank... just depends on the supplier.
I've never done a wire transfer. Why would they ask for payment that way?
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