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confusedinNJ

12:18PM | 04/04/06
Member Since: 04/03/06
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I'm hoping someone can help me. We're having our decking and railing replaced and an attached pergola built on our high deck. We'd also like some privacy on the sides and glass railings towards the front. We love the look of Ipe decking with a white railing and Ipe top rail (we want to break up all the white.) The deck contractor had a bad experience with Ipe and says that it splits, etc. and will look terrible. We're willing to go with a composite decking if we can find something that looks good, but what do we do for the railing since we have so many elements (privacy trellis, regular railing and then glass?) We're thinking that wood would be the best way to incorporate everything but do we go with PT wood since it'll be stained white? Or is it worth it to go with a better wood? We've gotten so much conflicting information that I'm ready to forget about the whole project. Some people are saying that cedar will look just as bad as PT after a while and others are saying the opposite.

Thanks for any help!

Maria


Piffin

05:11PM | 04/08/06
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
IMO, there is no better decking wood than IPE. If he had it split, he was not taking the time to predrill for fasteners. You have to be patient and cannot just nail it like cheap er wood.

Excellence is its own reward!


confusedinNJ

05:25PM | 04/08/06
Member Since: 04/03/06
3 lifetime posts
Thanks for the reply.

What kind of wood should go with for the privacy trellis, railing and pergola? We're planning to either stain in white with a wood tone top rail or possibly stain the trellis wood tone and use white posts.

Thanks

Maria


Piffin

06:07PM | 04/08/06
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
merrantii is one choice.

For custom work, I often use clear red cedar

Excellence is its own reward!


confusedinNJ

07:32PM | 04/08/06
Member Since: 04/03/06
3 lifetime posts
Thanks for the advice!
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