August 16, 2014 at 8:20 am #722
Turtle Productions Ltd
We’ve just put our first Ipe deck down and, with Amy’s post above, found two boards starting to cup within days following the recent heat-wave we’ve had in the UK. We solved the problem by soaking the board (it then laid nearly flat), strapping the underside of the board (yes, it wasn’t on a beam) and then screwing up into the cup ends to pull them down. Once this repair was effected, a little light sanding on one side and then oiling sealed the deck.
When we get our next project, I’m seriously considering Amy’s advice of sealing all four sides pre laying.