I have a deck on the house that is currently nominal 2x4 of various species. (the previous owners had no taste). I want to replace the surface with Ipe wood. It comes as nominal 5/4 x 6 which is a better look IMO. The problem is how to make up for the smaller dimension?
- Seriously, is ripping a bunch of 1/2 inch strips the professional way to go?
- Would you paint the strips to keep moisture out?
- I suppose I could use some of the PT that we pull up to make this shim, right?
A few edits to address the questions in the comments.
- Yes i want the good wood called Ipe.
- no the concern is not the stability of the floor, the joists are 24" or less
- the concern is how it looks / behaves under the threshold of the slider doors and where the siding meets the deck.
- yes I have been formatting the paragraph to look / read better, but it just keeps clumping it all together. uurgh...
A couple things the past few days....
2x Ipe is cost prohibitive, double the cost of the 5/4 Ipe. However Ipe is the way to go. Therefore we're thinking of putting a 1/2 inch shim on joists or putting a 'sister' joist that is 1/2 inch proud. We need the decking level to be the same after the thinner board. If there were a gap or even a filler bit under the doors and siding it would look like a mistake. There are 12 doors that meet the decking.