Exterior cladding maker Trespa has added an ipe color to its Pura NFC composite siding line, for those who want the look of the tropical hardwood.
“Homeowners and facility owners alike prize dark hardwoods for their ability to bring warmth, distinction and luxury to the exterior,” says Michael Provenza, commercial vice president of Trespa North America. “The new Tropical Ipe décor makes it easier for architects and builders to fulfill their customers’ aesthetic desires, while being comforted in knowing that they are providing them with a product built to last.”
The manufacturer says ipe is known as one of the most durable and beautiful hardwoods on the market, but it’s still an organic material and needs maintenance—eventually. Pura NFC is similar to its namesake in both appearance and durability, but without the tedious and expensive maintenance, the company says.
Pura NFC, on the other hand, is made from up to 70 percent natural fibers that are impregnated with thermosetting resins. It has a closed surface that the company says ensures weather resistance and UV stability, so it doesn’t need to be painted or lacquered, and eliminates stains and wood rot. Additionally, the material is highly impact resistant and cleans easily with soap and water. The product features a blend of reddish brown hues, and sleek, even grain patterns. Its deep cinnamon tones reflect the look of untreated ipe, which is often darker due to moisture absorption, the company says.
Pura NFC is versatile enough to be installed vertically in a modern flush style or as lap siding in a horizontal or vertical style. The manufacturer says it’s easy to cut and apply, and provides “the beauty of newly installed ipe hardwoods.”