Ipe decking brings versatility and creativity to any home. Regardless of the style of your home from rustic to electric, Ipe woods will give your home a contemporary look. For over 75 years, homeowners are complimenting their homes with Ipe decking and flooring. It is important to maintain Ipe decking monthly and annually to keep it original, new, and fresh-looking.
You can maintain your decks annually or twice a year. You can schedule the maintenance activity twice a year, once in the spring and the other just before fall. This prevents the wood from going grey. Change in the color of your Ipe decking from brown to silver platinum and eventually to grey indicates that the Ipe decking is not maintained and has gone untreated for a long time.
Tips and Techniques for IPE Deck Maintenance
In order to keep the integrity of the deck intact, it needs constant and regular inspections in order to check it for rot as well as checking structural integrity. Make sure you inspect where the ledger meets the board and where the stairs contact the ground. You might also want to check for exposed nails so as to not injure yourself. Keep the deck clean during autumn and sweep away excessive leaves to maintain the appearance and life of your deck.
Maintenance of Damaged Deck Boards
You may be required to change or replace damaged deck boards. One of the easiest ways is to have a replacement board cut to fit the existing space. If multiple boards require replacement, then it’ll be wiser to get the entire deck replaced for a uniform finish and uniform integrity of all the boards.
Before you schedule an annual deck cleaning, follow the instructions to ensure a swift and time saving cleaning activity. Clear the deck furniture and any other obstructions that might come in the way. Clean the deck with a biodegradable mildew remover. Remove the debris between deck boards. Clean with a garden hose if needed but check the manufacturing labels to ensure the right amount of water pressure for the wood in question.
Staining the Deck
If your boards are new and do not have a protective coat, it is recommended that you stain your deck. The sealant will not only improve the appearance but will also provide added protection from harmful UV lights, and other elements of nature. Always weather a new, unsealed deck for about 60-90 days before you apply any stain or sealant on it. Ensure your plants, nearby objects are covered up in plastic so as to not get exposed to the stain. Always clean the deck as mentioned above before applying a coat of sealant.
Sanding a Deck
If you’re going to go ahead with staining a deck, you must first sand the deck in order to make it more receptive to the sealant and absorb it better. Sanding also helps remove unwanted splinters and provides a smooth finish to the deck. You can use an orbital sander which can help smoothen out any rough areas on the deck. Railings can be covered by using a sanding sponge. You should use a 60 – 80 grit sandpaper on the main deck. The handrails can be sanded with a 80 – 100 grit sandpaper. Ensure proper cleaning and vacuuming of the newly sanded deck to enjoy a smooth finish. Avoid using higher grit because it may close wood pores and slow down the oil penetration process.
Enhanced Quality Decks with High Longevity
Watch how quickly Tropical Forest Product decks will transform with little to no maintenance. TFP offers professional Ipe decking that uses the best quality Ipe wood for your decking. We supply you with affordable IPE decking products that will last 50-75 years with proper maintenance as mentioned above.
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