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Decking Products

 

We have specialized in the production of High Quaility Deckings out of Brazilian species. Brazil has to offer several species which are highly adequate for deckings, due to their high resistability and natural beauty.

We are currently producing deckings in the sepcies : Ipe, Cumaru, Massaranduba and Muiracatiara.

One of our best selling deckings is produced in IPE. IPE deckings are known throughout the world for their durability and for their beauty. An IPE decking will outlast any other decking, due to its high density and natural resistance against the attack of foreign organisms.

We can offer IPE deckings in any size which suots better our clients needs. As we produce large quantities, we have formed a stock of decking ready to be shipped to our clients upon receival of an order.

Expanding our operations, we now have our material ready for delivery, stocked in warehouses in the United States and in Israel.

Follows detailed recomendations of how an Ipe decking should be installed and mainatined :

For best results, we suggest the following basic guidelines:

Handling & Cutting :

• Because Ipe g is supplied as “green/air dried” it is necessary to allow the decking to acclimate and stabilize itself to the local temperature and humidity environment prior to installation. Air drying is an acceptable method to do this. Decking should be kept out of direct sunlight until ready to be installed to prevent premature bleaching of the boards’ surfaces. A tarp will suffice allowing air to circulate through the wood.

• Although the decking can easily be cut and machined with standard wood working tools, carbide tipped saw blades, power tool bits and cutters are recommended when machining this wood. Never push a tool beyond its capacity and do not allow cutting surfaces to overheat. Slow down, and allow the tool to do the work. Overheating causes dulling of saw blades, bits and cutters.

• After cross-cutting, all fresh cross-cut surfaces should be properly end sealed. We recommend a good paraffin or water based wax emulsion end sealer applied with a foam brush. End sealing helps reduce most end checking before it begins. The sooner the cross cuts are sealed after cutting and/or end trimmed, the more effective it will be.

INSTALLATION & Fastening :

• The design of the installation must allow for adequate ground-side ventilation. Proper air circulation beneath the deck is critical to insure dimensional and mechanical stability of any decking boards.

• We recommend 16” o.c. joist spacing when installation 3/4 x 3-1/2 and 3/4 x 5-1/2 Ipe decking. 1” Ipe decking may be installed on 16” o.c. or 24” o.c. joist systems. Consult your local building codes for sub-structure framing requirements in your area.

• Deck boards may be installed without spacing (butt installation) for a snug fit. However, DO NOT CLAMP THE DECK BOARDS TIGHTLY TOGETHER. Some shrinkage will occur as the wood seasons and dries. The typical rate of shrinkage can be approximately 1/16” on 3/4 x 3-1/2” deck boards and 1/8” on 3/4 x 5-1/2 and 1 x 5-1/2 deck boards. (Please note: In hot, dry regions, shrinkage may exceed the averages). When installing Ipe deck boards during the winter season, when temperatures are below 40º, we suggest the boards be spaced with a 1/16” gap. Deck boards requiring straightening should be secured in the desired position until properly fastened. Screws may break if used to force boards into position. Again, do not clamp deck boards tightly together.

• Acceptable fastening methods include conventional surface screw attachment and pneumatic T-nailing.
Note: T-nail fastening is acceptable for 3/4x 3-1/2 decking only but may cause splits in the wood!

• Boards must be pre-drilled to help prevent splitting of the wood by the fasteners and we recommend only the use of stainless steel fasteners (screws and T-nails) for your Ipe decking installation.

• For residential and light duty commercial installations, we recommend the use of stainless steel Trim-Head screws, 2-1/4” minimum length. The head of the trim-head screw is much smaller than the typical bugle-head screws required for softwood deck boards, and will be much less noticeable. The larger stainless steel bugle head screws are recommended for high traffic commercial applications, 2-1/2” minimum length.

• When using the surface screw method, pre-drill pilot holes close to the actual diameter of the screw. Use a drill bit designed to extract stock during the drilling. When using trim-head screws, a slightly over sized hole is suggested to allow the head of the screw to counter-sink itself at or just below the surface of the deck board (i.e. 5/32” drill bit for #7 T.H. Screw).

• We recommend two (2) screws per joist when installing the deck boards. Consult your local building codes for deck board fastening requirements.

• When using the pneumatic T-nail method of fastening, the T-nails should be shot at a 10 - 15º angle towards the center of the board with the nail heads oriented parallel to the wood grain. Nail holes must be pre-drilled at the ends of the boards (approximately 1” in from the end) to reduce the potential of splitting the wood. If the T-nails do not completely drive into the surface of the board, manually hammer and counter sink the heads. We recommend three (3) T-nails per joist, 2-1/4” minimum length.

• Exterior decking adhesive is recommended for deck boards fastened with T-nails.

Finishing & Maintenance :


• If a natural weathered look is desired, Ipe decking will normally season in 6 to 12 months. At this stage, the wood will continue to weather to a silvery gray color and no further maintenance will be required except for normal cleaning. We do suggest that if you intend to allow your deck to weather naturally, a wood stabilizing agent (such as “Seasonite” by the Flood Co.) be applied, one time, immediately after installation. This stabilizing agent may help prevent minor surface checking that has the potential of occurring on some of the deck boards during the natural drying and seasoning process of the wood.

• For installations where a “finished wood” appearance is desired, apply a premium penetrating oil finish with a high U.V. inhibitor rating (such as “Penofin” by Performance Coatings). The finish should be reapplied periodically to maintain the desired color, depending upon the exposure to the sun and surface wear.

• Should you wish to restore Ipe deckings original color, we suggest power-washing with a commercial grade machine capable of 2500-3000 psi pressure. In some severe cases, a deck wood stripper can be used in conjunction with the power washing. This should remove most of the gray colored surface film and expose most of the original wood coloration. To maintain this appearance, follow the “finished wood” appearance recommendations. Ipe decking will enhance your outdoor living for decades to come. You should consider installing your Ipe decking in a random length pattern. It adds unique character to your deck, has the appearance of fine interior hardwood flooring – outdoors, and is absolutely beautiful.

 

 

 

Ipe Decking
Ipe Decking

Ipe Decking

Sample Decking Design

Sample Deck Design