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Ipe Porches - Dorton

      This project involved building two small cantilevered (no legs) porches on the front of the house. The frames were built with pressure-treated lumber and then covered with Ipe decking and trim boards. The decking was all fastened from below with screws. Ipe is a South American hardwood that has a natural resistance to water and rot. Ipe lasts about 100 years outside without any application of water sealing products. Wrought iron railings will be made to fit both porches.

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       Ipe, in its natural state, is a dark brown color with grain quite similar to mahogony. It will turn grey or silver over time, if unprotected from the sun's u.v. rays. In this application, silvering would be undesirable. To prevent this from happening, I used Cabot's Australian Timber Oil (Natural). Cabot carries pigmented (colored) varieties of this product as well. Ipe really doesn't need any kind of color change. It is already a very rich, beautiful color. Click on the pictures below to see what I mean.
       The decking was all attached using the Deckmaster blind fastening system giving a nice, smooth, furniture like deck surface. The trim boards were fastened with countersunk, stainless steel screws.

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