jennlehr
July 28, 2011 in Photo Questions
I would like to create an pavillion like this one in south florida. can anyone tell me what kind of wood (if any) is durable in the direct florida sun and rain? I would be suspending the roof grid between the house, meaning no wood columns, just the roof. thanks. (and please dont tell me pressure treated lumber, thats what ive just ripped down!!!)
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In your location, I'd suggest fiberglass for strength & durability. When they were more available, I'd suggest redwood or cedar, but even redwood will warp & split over time, and either will mildew in Florida, eventually.

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July 28, 2011 at 1:44pm   
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Niki Papadopoulos
I might say that you could get away with Ipe Wood, we have used it for exterior projects in Atlanta. It ages really beautifully, I would just check with your contractor or local distributor.
July 28, 2011 at 1:56pm   
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I absolutely agree with @ysdesignblog about ipe, but it generally isn't available in structural sizes big enough to do what you want. It's great for decking, siding and trim, but hard to find in a 2x6 or 2x8.
July 28, 2011 at 2:28pm   
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Niki Papadopoulos
Here is a photo of how we used it to create a screen in front of a client's home. We also used it across the top of the windows.
July 28, 2011 at 2:38pm   
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jennlehr
ysdesign, that is beautiful. that is what i am trying to create, but how will that weather in the brutal direct, florida sun? and what type of material is that.?
July 28, 2011 at 3:42pm   
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jennlehr
I was told Ipe is too heavy to do what i have in mind. Any thoughts>?
July 28, 2011 at 3:44pm   
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We used ipe for this project and we are in Atlanta...you would need to talk over your options with your landscape architect/designer/contractor/whoever is constructing this for you.
July 28, 2011 at 3:49pm   
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hilltop1155
http://www.durablewoods.com/products/timbers.php
This company's website states it can provide timbers in Ipe, Greenwood or Purpleheart.
July 31, 2011 at 4:26pm   
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