Ipe wood brings warmth and beauty to any project and suits any architectural style, whether your home is contemporary or traditional, ipe or cumaru siding will give your house an attractive and polished appearance. As an organic element, it gives texture and warmth that can only be conveyed by real wood. Thanks to its amazing properties, it is a great natural product to use for siding. As a tropical hardwood it is well suited for exteriors because it is absolutely weather-resistant as well as termite resistant.
Even with South Florida’s humid and wet climate and strong and direct sunlight, ipe will not deteriorate. In fact, it is perfect for any climate. Because ipe does not contain a lot of moisture, heat and humidity do not affect its structural properties the way it does other types of wood. For example, ipe does not swell and shrink eliminating the adverse effects that are typical in other outdoor wooden structures.
The chocolate brown color of ipe will fade out to a silver patina over the course of a year unless you schedule yearly maintenance to stain and seal it. Either look is absolutely gorgeous.
The current trend in ipe siding installation is to use open joint system. You can use anything from a one forth inch to a two inch gap between the boards. Six or seven boards are usually installed horizontally and you can choose to break them with a t shaped flashing piece to give an architectural detail. Another option is to
It is a good idea to use a house wrap that provides UV and a water resistive barrier, particularly if you choose an open joint cladding system.
Rain screen siding is a durable option that uses hidden fasteners to give the structure the optimal ventilation.
Exterior siding made from South American ipe wood has a very dense grain and protective oils that will keep termites and mold out. This is why the lifespan of an ipe structure surpasses that of any other wood.
Ipe siding is suited for a broad range of projects, whether for a private residence or for a commercial building. Many restaurants are choosing to use ipe siding for their exterior façade or even for their outdoor dining space. Ipe siding gives any space an upscale and contemporary or modern style. What is great is that it can be used in new construction or for renovations. Curb side appeal is very important for the resale value of a property and an easy way to change the exterior is to ipe wood. Not only will it protect the walls of the house from the adverse effects of weather, it will also completely change the aesthetics of the structure giving it a touch of luxury.