To maintain the natural beauty of IPE Decking it requires some care when installing and yearly maintenance. IPE is a natural material that moves with the elements, therefore, it is subject to checking (looks like cracking) twisting, warping and cupping similar to other types of woods.
There are many web-sites that you can access to obtain a variety of expert advice for caring for your IPE. Below are some helpful recommendations.
– Proper installation and maintenance are key to the long term beauty of your deck
-Always seal the cut end (end grain) of the board with a paraffin wax, such as Anchorseal.
-Do Not install decking without an oil based finish being applied to all four sides with sufficient rack time to dry.
-Do Not use film finishes such as a varnish.
-Finish the IPE with a penetrating oil, we have had good experience using Penofins for hardwoods. When applying use a brush, rag or sponge. Once applied wipe and remove all excess oil. DO NOT over apply as it will become sticky and tacky and may take a very long time to dry. IPE does not soak up the oil like a softwood does.
CAUTION: The rags (applicators used) are FLAMMABLE and must be disposed of properly – READ the manufacturer’s instructions for disposal.
Routinely clean off your deck by sweeping off leaves, hosing off spills, mud etc. to help prevent staining. Depending on the amount of sun exposure you may need to thoroughly clean and re-oil your Ipe yearly or bi-yearly. Thoroughly wash your deck with a product made for this application and allow to Dry Completely before re-oiling.