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Ipe Deck with Azek Railing in South Kingstown, RI

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This ipe deck in South Kingstown really fit in perfectly with the natural surroundings.  Set back in a wooded area, the homeowner wanted to replace their failing pressure-treated deck with something that would suit their property while being low maintenance and very strong for when they entertain.  The natural siding of the house led us to look at a natural wood for the decking and ipe is the best option when letting a hardwood weather without staining or sealing.  We oiled the deck after completion but ipe does not require anything more than an occasional cleaning to preserve it’s appearance.  Over time it will turn to a beautiful silver-gray.

For a railing we selected the Azek composite railing in the Kona color as it blended in beautifully with the natural wooded surroundings.  It has a very solid look and feel but doesn’t interfere with the view from the deck.

The original deck was not flashed properly and, as a result, had substantial rot below the door as well as a large carpenter ant colony.  We were able to repair all the damage from the exterior of the building and Narragansett Pest Control exterminated the pests.  The overall cost of the repairs was minimal but we caught the rot just in time.  The rim joist of the house was completely eaten away in some sections.