Building a new boat dock, deck, or a raised patio using Ipe decking requires taking the time to properly prepare and plan. Initially, you will want to start by measuring out the location where you intend to build. You might want to mark off the area using small wooden garden stakes and garden twine. Using these items helps to ensure you have the proper size and are taking accurate measurements. Once you have your measurements, the next step is to prepare a drawing. Your drawing should include the location of support posts and stairways. Further, if you intend to include railings, or built-in seating, you need to add these to your plan to guarantee you remember to order plenty of decking materials to complete your project.
The next step, after completing your drawing, calculating the amount of materials required, and ordering them, is to prepare the area. You should clear out any grass, weeds or other debris. You can also dig out the locations where support posts will be installed in advance of receiving your materials. Ipe wood does require it to be elevated off of the ground in order to receive proper air flow and ventilation.
Working with Ipe decking is different from other types of wood. Because this is a naturally hard Brazilian wood, you need specific tools and equipment. It is recommended you obtain carbide-tipped drill bits and saw blades to make it easier to cut and drill through the wood, while keeping the cut or drilled areas smooth. Additionally, securing the decking to joists and the frame requires using the right kinds of screws to hold it firmly in place.