If you are thinking of doing an IPE deck, one of the questions you might be thinking right now is: Should I finish my IPE deck or not?. For those of you that don’t even know what that means let us show you the difference.
What is a “finished” IPE deck?
In case you don’t know what this means, no it doesn’t mean if you finish it or leave it half way. What it really means, is that if you coat it or not with a finishing oil. Finishing your deck will protect it from sun fading and condition it. Hence in this process, when the finishing coat is applied, the wood will darken its original tone. Notwithstanding, your deck will still have a natural looking appearance.
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What is an “unfinished” IPE deck?
Having in mind, what was stated before. An unfinished IPE deck means you leave it without a finishing coat. If you’re thinking this might leave unprotected you deck, and that might damage or rot in the future, the answer is NO.
The only difference this will make, is that it will not be protected by the U.V light. This meaning that, the IPE will start to fade into a pale/gray beautiful natural color. The most important fact that you need to know is that by leaving it unfinished your deck will NOT rot, splinter or decay.
When you’re on the verge of choosing whether to finish your deck or leave it unfinished. Therefore, the only difference your decision will make is on the final color you want to achieve for your brand new deck by deckslife.