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Your Own Little Hideaway, Right in the Middle of the Yard

Sometimes you just want to be away from it all, even if you’re only in the middle of  your own yard.

What Does it Look Like?

A gazebo of ipe wood would add just one more touch of class to your yard.  If you close your eyes, you can already see it, right there in the middle of your yard.  Standing there, inviting. Think and imagine carefully. What do you see? Does it have windows that can keep the rain and weather out, or is it open letting the breeze through, and keeping things cool in the shade?  

How is it set up?  Do you have benches around the walls, or do you have some high-end lawn furniture in the middle it?  Or did you decide to build some chairs and furniture out of ipe?

Imagine hard, and you’ll see it.  You can see it there in your yard with ipe’s dark, rich tones.  Keep imagining, and you’ll also feel the envy of your neighbors when they see it.  

The Challenge

There’s no denying the beauty of a gazebo built of ironwood, nor how tough it is.  It’s not something that’s going to blow over with the first storm that comes along.

There is something else that ipe offers that few other kinds of wood offer, and that’s a challenge.  If you’re a woodworker yourself, you may be feeling the challenge of building something from one of the hardest woods on the planet.  

Ipe’s density and hardness, make it one of the most durable woods you’ll ever work with.  Anything you build with it will last for a good long time, something future generations will be admiring.  

Maybe you’re the type who loves a good challenge, and building with ipe will certainly be that.  Building a gazebo from Brazilian walnut will certainly be a challenge, and different from doing a deck.  

That doesn’t mean it can’t be done.  It’s not impossible. Just remember the motto of the US Navy Construction Battalion (the Sea Bees):  “The difficult we can do right away; the impossible takes a little longer.”

And when you’ve finished it, you’ll be able to point with pride at having done something that few other people have done.   

You’ve climbed the mountain.

Do It Now

As the saying goes, there is no time like the present.  Every day you put off building that beautiful gazebo in your yard, is one less day for you to enjoy the shade, and the sense of contentment you’ll have knowing you’ve got your own little hiding place there waiting for you.  

Ipe Woods USA, found at ipewoods.com has all the materials you’ll need to build your hideaway place in the backyard.  What are you waiting for? You know it’s going to look gorgeous, and be the perfect hiding spot. Visit us today and get the ball rolling.  Just do it now. You won’t regret it.

Shady Lumber Selling Practice Exposed

There are some shenanigans afoot in the Ipe decking world and we want to educate buyers of some shady practices going on.

Currently, there are companies that are out of stock on a lot of common Ipe sizes. But this has not stopped them from quoting the boards. They will, in fact, build you a quote like normal. These quotes are then used by contractors and homeowners to build their quotes and set budgets for the project. But, when you go to buy, and they will say they are out of wood and it won’t be in for sometimes months!

Why would a company quote wood they know they don’t currently have? We agree that it is shady. We have some theories, here is why we think, Ipe is purchased seasonally from Brazil. In the off-season when the wood is not being floated down the rivers because they are dried up it cost more. So if they did not properly project their Ipe needs they would have to buy at a higher price as the supply is much lower. Rather than tell the customer this it seems that they prefer to quote at the lower price and just keep them hanging on until they can get the cheaper wood prices in the right season.

Why are we publicly making this warning?

We know how hard contractors work to bid projects properly and to get projects done on time. This purposeful deception not only can cause contractors to have delayed projects but even lose credibility with clients and lose customers. Here at Ipe Woods USA, we do not believe this practice to be ethical or respectful of customers time and reputation.

What can I do?

Maybe you want to hold out for a better price? Later in the year is a cheaper time to buy historically. Once the other companies have inventory all prices (including our own) will usually be lower. It might be a better time to buy. However, there is not a guarantee.

Get it in writing!

If a company is telling you to wait, we recommend you get it in writing that:

1. They will have inventory by a specific date.

2. They will honor the quote you got from them.

We know your project and time are valuable and if they can not guarantee this it may be costing you money and projects, getting it in writing at least gives you some recourse.

Ipe Woods USA is  Committed to Customers!

We are committed to never knowingly quoting inventory that is out of stock. We work hard to try and ensure we always have inventory available.

A Touch of the Green Stuff

With the completion of your Ipe wood deck and the arrival of summer, it’s time to celebrate a little, invite the family, friends and neighbors over to ooh and aah over your brand-spankin’ new ipe deck.

To give things a nice, elegant touch, add a little green around your deck.

Green Thumb

Plants always help give things a cheery appearance, elevating the mood and doing what plants do, cleaning the air.  

The great thing about planter boxes is they bring the green to you.  You and your guests don’t have to walk out on the lawn to be in the middle of plants and green stuff.  All you need to do is put a few planter boxes on your deck, or in your gazebo, And of course, the best wood for building those is ipe.

Another advantage, is they let you exercise your green thumb, planting and pruning and weeding, all without having to get down on your knees.  Brazilian walnut makes having a thumb so much easier. Especially if you live in the city and green space is hard to come by.

Tough Enough

One of the other great things about building your planter boxes out of ipe, aka ironwood, is they can take anything.  

Ipe is such a solid wood that it’s going to stand up to whatever you throw at it.  If your kid is going a little too fast on the deck with his skateboard–even though you’ve told him a hundred times not to do it–and he hits one of your planter boxes, chances are he’ll be damaged more than the planter box.  

Waterproof Wood

Brazilian walnut is such a hard dense wood, that it’s one of the few kinds of wood on the planet that actually sinks when you put it in water.

When you’re working with water, there is always the worry about water damaging the wood of the planter box. Water too much, and you’ll rot the wood of the box from the inside.  Use oils and lacquers with the wood, and there is the chance of damage through off-gassing, or chemicals leaching into the plants.

Ipe takes all those worries away.  It’s dense nature also keeps moisture at bay, and it ages beautifully without using any chemicals.  To help with that, make sure you put gravel beneath the boxes to help the water drain easily. You won’t need to worry about rot by using Brazilian walnut.  Those planter boxes are going to last for years.

It’s a Snap

At Ipe Woods USA, our products are versatile.  Creating the perfect planter boxes is merely a matter of converting our ipe decking products for another use.  Planter boxes can be built easily by converting our ipe decking boards.

Planter boxes out of Brazilian walnut will keep your terrace, deck, and house surrounded by green to your heart’s content, and Ipewoods.com has everything you need to make your dream come true.

KICKIN’ BACK IN THE SHADE

Lazin’ in the Shade

One of the great things about your yard, front or back, is being able to kick back in the shade and relax at the end of a long day, or on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon/evening.  

Do it out front, and you get the chance to say hi to the neighbors as they’re out working in the yard, walking by, or as you keep an eye on the kids as they explore the universe of their neighborhood and imaginations.

Or if you feel a little more private, kick back in your backyard, with a book, magazine and favorite beverage.  Or else just doze in the shade with some great tunes going, and enjoy the warm weather and sunshine.

Where are you going to get the shade?

If you have some mature trees, those are great. If you want to plant your own, you’ll be waiting a long time for it to grow enough to give you that shade you want.  The other option is to cheat and build your own shade.

The solution is a pergola made of Brazilian walnut, aka ipe.

 

The Sands of Time

These ancient shade makers have been making a come back. They actually go all the way back to ancient Egypt. With the temperatures there, those guys had to know how to make some shade.

Your typical pergola is tall with a lattice roof, that lets the breezes in to cool you down and gives you the shade you’re craving as well.

 

Standing the Test of Time

There are so many advantages to making your pergola out of ironwood.  As you may have guessed, that’s another name for ipe. And the reason for using is all in the name.

Ipe is the king of the hardwoods.  Its density means that it stands up rain and wind and sleet and snow.  Brazilian walnut is so dense that water doesn’t penetrate it. (It’s great for docks as well, and pool decking as well.)  So when the winter comes and it’s all covered by snow, or pelted with rain, there’s no need to worry about rot setting in.

Its hardness means that it stands up to the strongest winds as well.

Then you’ve got your munchers–nasty, wood pulverizing insects like termites and ant and all their related cousins.  Those little critters do more damage than hurricanes, earthquakes, and other assorted natural disasters combined. Ipe is so dense that it’s almost impossible for those creepy-crawlies to get an ant-sized mouthful.  

Your ironwood pergola will be standing there a long time.

 

Where does it go?

And the answer is pretty much anywhere you want.

You can do it as a stand-alone, as we already talked about.  Pour a concrete pad, up to the support beams your lattice roof, a couple hooks for the hammock, or some chairs and a table, and you’re in the relaxing business.  

Or else make it part of your back deck, or front porch.  

Wherever you put it, a lazy summer afternoon or evening is sure to follow.

Our House . . .

 

“. . . is a very, very, very fine house . . .” to quote Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.  But for your place, it’s a perfect fit.  It’s beautiful and everyone says what wonders you’ve done with it.  You’re ready to step it up, but not quite sure what that next step is.

Right under your Feet

        You’ve upgraded everything else in your house, the only thing is to get rid of that carpet.   It’s getting a little threadbare, and the pads underneath are shot.  They simply must go.  

Nothing says class like hardwood floors. But, of course, you want the right hardwood for your floors.  There’s no sense is doing something that will have to be redone in a few short years.  Invest in a wood that’s going to last for a good long time, and look good that whole time.

The Best Choice

        Just like everything else in your house, you want the best investment for your money.  Something with durability that also manages to stay attractive.  

        To meet those qualifications, there is really only one option:  ipe flooring throughout your house.  Also known as Brazilian walnut, it’s one of the toughest woods you’ll ever find, with a janka hardness rating of 3,680 out of a possible 4,000.  No wonder they also call it ironwood. It can last up to 75 years.  You’ll be dead and buried before your ipe wood floors wear out.

        The kids could practically play hockey on your ipe floors and the damage would be minimal.  What’s better than that?

        Of course, we know you’d never do that.  If you want to insure that your floors last longer, feel free to place runners on the to absorb the worst of the foot traffic.

Tougher Than You Think

        The density makes it perfect to keep stay survive a lot of abuse, but there is even more to how durable and tough ipe is.

        That same density makes it functionally waterproof, which is why it’s such a good wood to use in building docks and boathouses.  The beauty is that if one of your horde of carpet rangers spills water or something on your ironwood floor and you don’t discover it for a couple of hours, there will be little damage if any.  And the chances are on the side of the no damage.

        Add to that its fire rating, which is the highest of any wood out there, and you’ve got a darn tough wood for your floors throughout the house.  

Easy-Peasy

        For indoor uses, we recommend using a stain, to keep your ipe floors looking good as long as possible.  You’ll have to put it down once every 1-2 years.  Be careful not to use too much oil, or the wood will kick it back out and it can pool where that happens and it will become sticky.  To reduce wear, consider using runners and carpets in your most heavily used areas in the house.  Beyond that, the care is easy, a good mopping will keep the floor clean.  

        We at Ipe Woods USA have everything you’ll need for to make the inside of your house look as good as the outside.  We can also connect you to contractors in your area who can do the work for you.

Happy Fourth of July

We want to wish everyone a very happy 4th of July. America now has had 242 years of Independence, that is really something to celebrate.

Celebrating 242 Years of Independence

With USA in our name, you know we love the good ole U.S. of A. and appreciate the groundwork and sacrifice so that we may enjoy so many things. We also want to kindly remind everyone to be safe traveling and enjoying the festivities.

Patriotic holiday. Silhouettes of people holding the Flag of USA. America celebrate 4th of July.

 

Finishing Touches

Shopping for the right home is always a major undertaking.  You want the right neighborhood, a place close enough to work to get there quickly, and far enough that you can’t be pulled in at a whim.  You want a place that is safe for your kids but gives them all kinds of places to explore and play in the yard.

Getting It Just Right

Over the years you’ve improved the house:  invested in landscaping to make your yard a bright spot of color in the neighborhood, and all the neighbors are trying to catch up with you; you replaced your vinyl siding with wood siding–ipe siding, of course–and you put a beautiful ipe wood deck in the back.  

And you’ve done all this because you’re proud of your home, and want to have everything look just right. And it’s those finishing touches that make the difference.  

The Concept

In the clothing business, they call it “the Concept,” putting the proper finishing touches on an outfit.  When you buy a new car, you don’t want old tires on it, right? Or when you buy that brand-new suit, you don’t want to wear a worn, tattered, threadbare shirt and tie, but want something that makes your investment looking its best.  

And that’s what an ipe wood fence is doing for your house and your yard after all the other work and effort you’ve put into it,  you want everything to be perfect. You want the concept or look, to be complete.

Adding ipe fencing completes the concept,  tying it all together.

Also, by making the fence from Brazilian walnut–another name for ipe wood–you unify everything tying it all together, finishing it all and completing the concept.

The Best-Looking Place in the Neighborhood

Whether or not you’ve used ipe decking or ipe siding for the rest of your home improvements, an ipe fence just gives it that extra little touch of class, that says the people who live here care about their home and the neighborhood.  

They care enough to make sure their house has a beautiful fence that will last for years and years and not fall apart.  They care enough to install one of the most beautiful hardwoods on the planet. Ironwood, aka ipe wood, is a wood that will last forever.   Some studies say that it will last up 75 years.

You can rest easy knowing that your investment in your home will help increase the home’s value, and has made it the best-looking home in the whole neighborhood.

Ipe Woods USA wants to be your partner in this, working alongside from start to finish on whatever project you’re working on to improve your castle.  Visit us at ipewoods.com. We want to help you make your home the best-looking place in the neighborhood.

Avoiding Unpleasant and Unnecessary Surprises

Turning your home into your castle is a major undertaking.  And you want to do it right and avoid any unnecessary costs and surprises.  The old saying goes “Well begun is half done.” (It’s attributed to Aristotle, but I suspect he didn’t have the rhyming thing going on.)  So when you decide to add a deck to your house, you want it done right, without any worries.  

Counting the Costs

The two most important things about your project are what to use, and how much will it cost?  To restate the obvious, one affects the other.

Given that you have invested much in your house, we can safely assume that you’re not going with vinyl decking options.  You already know that wood decking looks better and increases your home’s value more.

And of course, you want to go with the king of woods–ipe wood, aka Brazilian walnut or ironwood.  

While that may cost more on the front end, on the back end, you’re going to be saving time in longevity and maintenance costs.

Breaking it Down

The average national costs of building a back deck are about $7,100, with the range running from $1,800 on the low end, and $17,000 at the top end. The cost per square foot for ipe decking averages about  $7.50 per square foot but can go as high as $10 per square foot. Remember to add your labor costs, which start at $20 per hour, and can run as high as $35 per hour. Always calculate the highest cost, this avoids unpleasant surprises.  

Start with the basics:  How big is your deck going to be?  The average size of a back deck is 200 square feet to 500 square feet, although some can be much larger.  

When you’re doing your calculations, remember to include support materials as well, such as beams and joists.  

Don’t Forget the Extras

So far, we’ve talked about your basic costs.  But you have to be careful to remember the extras when calculating your costs.  

What extras?

You might not think of them as such, but things like benches, pergolas, planter boxes all count as extras.  Don’t forget to add those in as you’re calculating your total cost.

The Bottom Line

You may be having a heart palpitations as you start looking at your costs, but you’re only looking at the subtotal, not the total.  

Yes, using ipe wood to make your deck will cost you a little more on the front end.  But when you look at the lower maintenance costs, and what ironwood adds to the resale value of your house, you come out ahead.  Remember this is an investment, and the best investments pay out in the long haul.

Ipe Woods America–ipewood.com–the industry’s low-cost leader is here to help you build the most beautiful ipe deck possible.  Our wood is the best, and our customer service is second to none. We consider it a privilege to be your partner in making your home your castle.

WHY YOU NEED AN IPE WOOD FENCE

You live in a nice upper-middle-class neighborhood; maybe even a couple steps above upper middle class.  Your house looks great and you work to keep it that way. You worked hard to get here and take pride in what you’ve achieved.

TROUBLE-MAKERS

And yet there are those pesky neighbor kids who have taken a liking to your fence.  Or maybe it’s a dislike. They keep doing this.  And it’s costing you money and a lot of hassle. Besides the repairs, there’s also the cost of getting that security camera to catch the little rats at what they’ve been up. Plus all the hassle and time to call the cops once you’ve nailed the little rats.  

There is an easy way to fix it.

AS TOUGH AS IT IT IS BEAUTIFUL

The one problem with most fences and fencing materials is they just don’t stand up to a lot of wear and tear, and/or abuse, such as neighborhood kids launching regular attacks, heat, cold, snow, rain, and crawly critters who munch on wood.  

Vinyl looks good and tough and it supposedly low maintenance, but it’s all looks and no show. As you saw in that video, it can be taken out by a young kid who gets a good running start.  

What you need is a Ipe fence that will shrug off all those threats like Arnold swatting a bothersome fly.

The answer is a fence built of ipe–Brazilian walnut–wood, from Ipe Woods USA.  Another name for ipe is ironwood.  And it didn’t earn that name just for its good looks.  

A fence made from ipe will stand the test of time as well as attacks from critters that would like for it dinner because of its dense nature.  The US Naval Research lab has tested the durability of ipe and says that it can last for up to 75 years. Any kids who try knocking down that fence are going to need orthopedic attention.  

But even more so is how good looking it is. Freshly installed, ipe wood fencing is a light to medium brown.  It’s a handsome color and stands out beautifully. With its natural density and strength, ipe will stand the worst Mother Nature has to throw at any all natural wood fences.  

It’s both tough and beautiful.  Can you ask for more?

Low Maintenance

Your other big benefit with your ipe wood fence is its low maintenance nature.  

Most contractors recommend not staining the wood, and letting it fade to the beautiful silver-grey patina–like teak– that aged ipe takes on.  However, if you want to stain it, make sure you have a stain that is formulated for ipe–not every wood stain on the market will work for ipe wood.  And you only need to do it annually.

A fence that’s beautiful, tough, and low maintenance, if this were horse racing you’d that’s the triple crown.

What are you waiting for?  

 

Classic and Classy Wood Always Wins

Your Biggest Investment

It’s a given–your house will be the largest personal investment you’ll make. Just signing the mortgage makes people’s heart rates go up drastically.  

More than the financial investment in the house is the emotional one you’ll have with it.  Your kids will be born and grow there–they’ll play in the backyard and front yard. They’ll climb trees, play tag, Red Rover, Red Rover, etc.  And yes, you can admit it, you’ll become emotionally attached to your home as well. Memories will grow there.

With all that–you want your home to look as good as possible for as long as possible. Which means, what kind of siding do I use?  Vinyl or wood?

Classic is the Best

Classic always wins–go with wood.  Wood is that great look which shows up in all amazing home styles and designs–classic or modern.  Face it, wood always looks best. But you already know that with your level of style and sophistication.

After you’ve decided on the obvious, the next question is what kind of wood to use?  

Cedar and redwood have been around for ages. But they also require a boatload of maintenance, restaining annually and such.  Almost more work than it’s worth. Which is one of the reasons people go for vinyl siding. And we all know how that looks after a while.

Ipe wood, on the other hand, gives you the best of everything you could hope for.  

This is one of the reasons why Ipewoods.com specializes in great exotic woods, to help protect the investment you’ve made in your house.

Keeping Things Easy

Ask yourself one question:  How easy will this be for me?

As easy as pie.  Because it’s essentially maintenance free.

The other traditional woods used for siding such as pine, spruce, fir, cedar or redwood, require a lot of annual maintenance. You’ve got to restain that siding every year.  Or, if you’re not going to go out and climb all over creation doing it, you’ll be paying someone else to do it.

No matter how you look at it, it’s going to cost you money and maybe a whole lot of time and effort.  With ipe siding, that’s a thing of the past.

General contractor Matt Risinger, suggests that you don’t need to worry about staining your ipe wood, aka ironwood, siding.  

Ipe’s dense nature makes it difficult to stain.  The wood doesn’t take the stain easily. As Ironwood ages, however, it fades to a beautiful silver grey color.  Ensuring that your house will always look fantastic, no matter how old it is. It’s not every day that you can have your home continue looking amazing years after you’ve put up the wood.  But ipe wood siding does just that.

Just like you, the ipe siding on your house will age gracefully, and with style.  Your house will stay as beautiful as the memories that grew up there.