Nothing beats the beauty of real wood. RainScreen siding of Ipe, Purpleheart, Massaranduba and other premium hardwoods are unique in appearance and many choices are available for color preference. No other siding material compares to the natural beauty and character of Brazilian Hardwoods.
About Purpleheart Siding
Purpleheart is well known for its amazing insect resistance and bright purple color when freshly cut. You may have heard of Ipe’s incredible hardness, durability, and longevity- Purpleheart provides many of the same benefits. Purpleheart is extremely hard and dense which lends to its incredible durability and longevity. It is also naturally resistant to insect attack, mold, rot, fire and decay.
Purpleheart is incredibly versatile. Its durability makes it a natural choice for commercial, residential, modern, rustic, interior or exterior. Fences, privacy walls, and other similar projects are great applications for Purpleheart.
Color and Appearance- When freshly milled and before oxidation, the wood is a vibrant purple that turns to a rich reddish brown with exposure to UV light. Purpleheart has a unique characteristic in that the sap becomes exposed along the grain lines as it acclimates. This sap is soft to the touch, not tacky and is less than 1/8” wide. The sap dries and flakes off of the wood within 2 months after installation. If the wood is allowed to gray, the grain lines remain accented because of this sap. This effect leaves beautiful grain character that can is unique to Purpleheart.
Benefits of Purplheart Siding
Finishing and Maintenance
Whether to oil your Brazilian Hardwood Siding or not, is only a matter of preference. To apply oil, use the same methods for oiling a Brazilian Hardwood Deck, in the video. The process is exactly the same, but cleaning is significantly reduced. Siding boards are installed on a vertical surface so the amount of dirt that is collected is far less than decking. RealRainscreen Siding may only require oiling every few years to maintain the color. Cleaning may not be necessary for 4-6 years after installation. The preferred oil for Purplheart and other Brazilian Hardwoods is, Messmer’s UV Plus Natural.
Over time, without oil, the boards will fade into a beautiful grey and silver. How long that takes is a matter of directional facing and sunlight exposure. For those looking to achieve a rustic, silvery, or reclaimed wood look with outstanding longevity, simply do not apply the oil. In a matter of weeks, the boards will begin to fade from browns to greys.
Additional Cleaning and Oiling Tips:
- Do not use a pressure washer on Tropical hardwoods like Purplheart; Follow the cleaning instructions outlined in the Purplheart Deck Maintenance Video, above
- When Oiling, always start with a cleared surface: clear of dirt, dust, debris, and furniture
- Use a brush, rag (like an old cotton T-Shirt), a Deck Pad or a Deck Boss to apply oil: Do NOT use a roller
- Only ONE (1) thin coat of oil leaving no excess; Do NOT apply a second coat
- Allow at least 12 hours to dry; It must not rain within 12 hours of oil application
Working with Purplheart Siding
Utilizing spacers or stickers between boards to allow air movement and natural drying also aids the acclimation process. Always store materials flat and keep dry and covered prior to installation. Installing wet or saturated boards may result in shrinkage. Refer to the Siding Installation document for more information.
Real Rain Screen™ installation requires furring strips fastened to exterior walls over a vapor barrier. Siding is fastened to furring strips – most commonly with 16” centers. Our coated aluminum H-clips are installed using our Magni 599 rust and saltwater resistant coated square drive screws. This installation provides channels in the walls, which allow the siding to breathe eliminating moisture and minimizing thermal transfer. For additional installation information, refer to the Siding Installation document.
Entrapped moisture is not only a problem in wet climates. Even in dry areas, moisture trapped in a wall system can result in rot, rust, and mold. The structural integrity of the wall is at stake, as is the health of the occupants. Proper installation is crucial to the effectiveness of Real Rain Screen™. Learn more about the dangers of trapped moisture.
RealPurplheart™ & Real RainScreen™
Brazilian Wood Depot is the sole U.S. distributor of RealWoodTM – lumber which has passed rigid testing standards to be of the highest grade, and other important industry standards and benchmarks. To see more about the assurances of wood grading, milling and origin that the Real Wood™ brand provides, please go to RealWoodDepot.com. Any other provider of Real Wood™, including RealCumaru™, RealPurpleheart™, Real Tigerwood™, RealGarapa™, RealMassaranduba™, and RealIpe™ has been supplied by Brazilian Wood Depot.
At Brazilian Wood Depot, we also place an emphasis on the proper shipment of our lumber, to ensure that your Real RainScreen Siding material arrives in the quality and excellent condition you deserve, preventing costly setbacks, stresses and inconveniences. With special wood crates for shipping and transportation, low overhead costs and large number of shipments, we can pass on great savings to you, while ensuring a smooth delivery process. We deliver across the entire United States.
Ultimately, with Real Purplheart for your home, you’ll be receiving a beautiful, hassle-free and long-lasting choice that will make your house the envy of the neighborhood, but also simply a wise investment.
Call 770-242-0045 for any other information or for specific pricing on Purplheart.
Quotes and Samples
Brazilian Wood Depot is here to help! We pride ourselves on superior customer support and turning around samples, quotes, and orders faster than anyone else. Please call us for samples or quotes, 770-242-0045.
Generally, all we need to get started on pricing your project is the answer to a few, basic questions. We can help you answer these questions too:
- What species? With Six incredible Brazilian Hardwood species, deciding on just one can be a difficult task. I’d recommend familiarizing yourself with the different options, this Video can help.
- What are the basic dimensions of the surface and the joist spacing? Joist spacing information allows us to quote accurate fastening quantities.
This is all we need to get you started on pricing your new siding project. You can reach us anytime at, 770-242-0045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is RainScreen Siding?
A: RainScreen Siding is designed to provide air ventilation on all four sides of the material. Air movement is created created by the fastening system and the vertical furring strips. More information on installation on the Siding Installation Document.
What affect does the sunlight have on the siding?
A: Sunlight has a greying effect on these woods. Messmer’s UV Oil can be applied to significantly reduce this process. In many circumstances, it can even revitalize the color of wood that has been exposed to sunlight, unprotected for many years. For more information on the greying process, watch this video.
What is the turnaround time for siding?
: Real RainScreen Siding is milled at our shop in Atlanta, GA. Turnaround time can vary, but we are generally able to turn around standard siding orders in 2-4 business days.
How can I receive my Siding lumber?
A: We pride ourselves on an efficient shipping process. Locally, BWD delivers materials in and near Atlanta, or with approved third-party delivery services. BWD uses third party LTL carriers to deliver directly to jobsites elsewhere in the United States, commercial or residential. Orders can always be picked up directly from our shop, in Atlanta, GA. Read more about shipping and delivery below.
How many linear feet make up one square foot of Real RainScreen Siding?
A: 2.6 LF = 1 SF. This is based on coverage with our patented H-Clip fastening system. Call us for more -information, 770-242-0045.
Shipping and Delivery
Brazilian Wood Depot has the most robust shipping process, IN THE INDUSTRY! There’s no debate about that and we know it! Every LTL shipment is fully crated to prevent damages.
We are now also offering LIVE 4G GPS TRACKING on LTL shipments! We are the only distributors in the industry that offer this service! You’re going to love it!
Read more about our robust shipping process, www.bwdepot.com/shipping
Architect and Design Resources
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