I’m building two decks for our Toronto home and had a few questions while going through my planning:
-The first deck which is attached to the house is 15′ x 16′ (at grade), full sun.
-The second deck is a 20′ x 16′ structure that will be at grade on two sides and extend over a declining grade with a pergola over 60% of the space and walls on 2 sides (1×3 horizontal slats). Two large norway maples cover this deck completely (full shade).
– I would like to keep the rich brown hue of Ipe floor boards for the life of the deck and plan to treat with Penefin with the suggested schedule.
– How will the Ipe decking do under the full shade? Deck will have good ventilation. Is Penefin the right product for full shade?
– Is it too late in the season to properly treat the Ipe (Penefin on all sides before install, second top coat 1 – 3 months later)? I’m in Toronto and fall weather is coming!
Replies appreciated and feel free to pass on any information on how you would do your deck (not production job, I’ve got family labour :).