IPE Decking Maintenance: Ipe Deck Maintentenance
That means hardwood is not baked, dried and split, but just gracefully faded. What to say, its durability is 2nd to none. Ipe boards aren't affected by all those cycles due to incredible density and virtually no moisture absorption. The only disadvantage is the finish maintenance in tough environments. However, it is close to zero.
This is because of accelerated drying damage, which usually happens the 1st month after the deck has been built. So, double coating, especially wet on wet, is a definite foundation to longevity. More so, Ipe has much natural defense against water absorption, decay, cupping, twisting and splintering.
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