We installed an ipe balcony/deck a few months ago. Some of you helped with information that was wonderful. Thank you again.
We were told by the local supplier that Penofin was the only recommended finished and we used it.
The first 5' or so of the balcony are exposed but built into the house and completely protected from rain (patio doors are set those 5' into the wall). The second part, 8' in all, is partly under a generous overhang, partly completely exposed. The Penofin worked beautifully on both protected parts, but the exposed part is aging with alarming speed, even though the house is not yet in use - there is no wear, in other words, this is all due to exposure. How often should we apply Penofin? At this rate of wear, it will need to be redone at least 2-3 times annually to look good. Is that normal?
We are building a second deck and stairs for the front of the house. We are using ipe again but would like to know if there are other finishes that work well. We are in western Oregon, in a humid climate. One reason I would like to use something else: I have asthma and the Penofin odor makes it impossible for me to be around the area where it is used - and when we applied the first coat, the odor stuck around for a month or so.
One additional question: we would like to install the front deck and steps now, but it would be difficult to finish the wood in the exposed areas. Is it possible to finish the wood before installation in an open carport? In other words, will the boards dry sufficiently to allow installation or should we just wait until drier weather (which could well be June or so)?
Thank you for any help and suggestions.