Archive for February, 2010

Pool Deck Substructure, Hollywood CA

TimberSIL Glass Wood was used for the substructure of this beautiful pool deck built on the roof of the new W Hotel located on the corner of Hollywood and Vine. The decking surface used is an exotic Brazilian hardwood called Ipe that is resistant to fire and rot because of its high density and it naturally contains crystalline silica. Ipe is the signature wood of the W Hotel and used in all their locations.

Originally, the entire deck structure was specified to be built out of Ipe, substructure and all, because all wood used on this project was required to be fire rated and be rot resistant. The contractors decided to use TimberSIL for a number of reasons. Fist, the cost, TimberSIL is less than 1/2 the price of Ipe. Second, TimberSIL is much lighter, easier to work with and safer to use than Ipe. Special precautions must be taken to ensure the worker safety when working with Ipe, this is not the case when working with the Non-Toxic TimberSIL. Ipe is also very hard on tools such as saws and drill bits, so using TimberSIL for the bulk of the job saved money on labor and equipment.