Tropical Forest Products has the perfect Ipe wood for sidings, claddings, and rain screens. Our Ipe boards have a rich, lustrous color that elevates the ambiance of the space.
Ipe wood siding, cladding, and rain screens do not require maintenance, with their color and hue turning mildly silver over time. It’s what makes Ipe great for achieving a cottage or urban look, either through a deep reddish-brown color after oiling or its natural hues.
Ipe wood will outlast just about any other wood products – and is far stronger too!
Allow the Ipe wood siding to acclimatize to its new environment. This will prevent unexpected expansion/shrinking after installation.
A wood sealer or oil should be applied to prevent premature aging, warping, and cupping.
The joist span/furring is advisably kept at a maximum of 16” cc.
Use an end sealer for end cuts to prevent splitting, uneven moisture loss, cupping, and checking.
45° cuts are best avoided in the corners as they can split over time. Advisable that a finishing corner is installed.
Stainless steel screws should be used for maximum longevity.
Exposed sun-facing sides of the Ipe wood should be refreshed every one or two years.
Ensure the construction is performed to specification and complies with building code. For load-bearing structures have the design validated by a structural engineer.