I am considering Ipe siding on my new home. (Soon to be started) I have found tons of information about it, but not enough to feel comfortable spending the time and money putting it on a new home. The main questions I have about Ipe siding are;
What do I use to maintain the natural color and keep it from fading to gray?
How often will it need retreated to maintain it's natural color?
Is it risky to use 6" boards and risk cupping or warping?
I plan on using the shiplap style of siding to give you an idea of what I am up against.
Lastly, if not Ipe, the I am considering cypress or cedar. Neither of which I think will outlast Ipe. I am partial to exotic wood and have worked with it on interior uses and really enjoy the look, stability and durability.