Thanks for all the feed back on Paulope. Any one hear of another tropical hardwood called RED BALOU? I may have the spelling wrong.Here’s the deal.
The Paulope people are telling me not to use EB TY with the 5/4×5 1/2″ Paulope boards. They say the boards may not dry uniformly and the perfect, uniform board gap (3/32”)that the EB TY gives you may not happen. They say they have had some problems with this. I would never worry about this, but I have to agree some customers are picky about gaps( do you really need all those lines in my deck?). They also tell me to use adhesive.
The solution I am told is to use a different product called RED BALOU. Apparently the advantages are that it’s not quite as hard, heavy or dense as paulope. It still has a 20 year life and it is kiln dried and therefor more uniform , solving the gap problem. What about swelling? The supplier also says he likes the richness of the color over the darkness of the paulope. The Balou is also about a buck a foot cheaper.
By the way, paulope is available kiln dried just not in the lengths I need in time.