This client reached out to us for a deck rail repair evaluation after noticing our crew refurbishing another deck in the Cambridge Massachusetts Historical District. This rooftop deck needed extensive repairs, and the deck rails were rotting, which is very common for decks built over flat rubber roofs because the water does not drain as easily. We worked with the Cambridge Historical Commission and building inspector to rebuild the wood railing to respect the existing design, while also keeping up with current building codes. Once we had decided on a final deck design, and before construction started our project coordinator ordered the materials to be shipped to the site and we set up a clean, safe workspace. We take pride in being OSHA certified.
During the project, we worked with a local mill shop in Waltham to recreate the circular dowel balusters and mahogany ball finials. We dismantled the old rails and deck posts and installed new premium grade mahogany posts. We also notched 2x4 rail posts to receive the bottom rails on either side to add strength and longevity, especially in harsh weather conditions. We then removed the failed composite decking, special ordered longer length Ipe deck boards for fewer seams, and installed them using a hidden fastener system. Our Deck Aficionados hand applied the two full coats of clear sealer after a light sand to open the dense wood grain. This will allow the Ipe to age to a beautiful silvery grey patina.