is an ipe deck installation different from other woods???

9 years ago

I'm talking to a couple of deck contractors in eastern PA who have not previously installed ipe. Besides knowing that holes need to be predrilled, am I taking a risk in having someone working with ipe for the first time replacing the old PT deck I have? Does the wood have other traits that might fool someone the first time they work with it?

For whatever reason, not much ipe around here and I may need to hire someone who will learn on my deck. What should I look out for? Is there a recommended gap if it is being screwed down?

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