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Garapa Timber Qualities

Garapa details are beautiful! It features a rich honey golden-brown colour range that will be the highlight of your landscape. This species is often chosen for its beautiful light golden yellow colour, durability, fine grain, kiln dried performance, and value. Garapa decking timber will slightly darkens upon exposure to UV light. If left in a natural state it will weather in to a silver-gray colour.

316 Stainless Steel Screws is recommended for Garapa Timber decking

Garapa is also known as Brazilian Ash in the flooring trade. 

Original Colour: Straw colour, golden to soft brown
Texture: Medium to fine texture, usually straight, some wavy interlocked grain
Density (Dry): 900kg/m3
Length Spread: 1.8 - 6m
Dried: Kiln
Janka Hardness: 7.3(kN)
Expansion/Contraction: 3.5%
Tannin Bleed:
Standard Sizes: Smooth-145/21 & 140/19
Life expectancy: 15-20 years
Durability Class: Class 2-3. Moderately Durable
Screws: 316 Stainless Steel

FAQ on Garapa

Considering Garapa wood for your outdoor decking project? Then you've come to the right place. Here, we've compiled the most frequently asked questions about Garapa hardwood.

What is Garapa hardwood decking timber and where does it come from?

Garapa hardwood decking timber refers to a type of wood sourced from the garapa tree (Apuleia leiocarpa), which is native to South America. It is known for its durability, attractive golden to light brown colour, and natural resistance to decay and insect infestations. Garapa wood is often used for outdoor decking due to its ability to withstand various weather conditions and its overall aesthetic appeal.

What are the benefits of using Garapa Hardwood for decking?

Using Garapa hardwood for decking offers several benefits. It is a dense and durable wood, making it resistant to wear, rot, and decay. Garapa is also naturally resistant to termites and other wood-boring insects, reducing the need for chemical treatments. The wood's golden colour and fine grain provide an appealing look to outdoor spaces. Additionally, Garapa is relatively easy to work with during installation and can last for many years with proper maintenance.

How does Garapa hardwood compare to other decking materials?

Compared to pressure-treated wood, Garapa hardwood generally has a more attractive appearance and a much longer lifespan. It does not require the same level of chemical treatment and has a natural resistance to decay and insects. In comparison to composite decking, Garapa offers a more authentic wood look and feel, but it requires more maintenance. Composite decking, on the other hand, may require less maintenance but may not have the same natural appeal as real wood.

Is Garapa hardwood decking sustainable and environmentally friendly?

Garapa hardwood is considered to be a relatively sustainable option for decking. Ours is sourced from responsibly managed forests, and due to its durability, it has a long lifespan, reducing the need for frequent replacement.

How does Garapa perform in various weather conditions, such as hot summers or rainy seasons?

Garapa hardwood is well-suited for various weather conditions. Its dense nature and natural oils make it resistant to warping and cracking, even during hot and dry summers. Additionally, Garapa's natural resistance to decay ensures that it can withstand rainy seasons without significant issues. However, like any outdoor decking material, regular maintenance and proper care are essential to keep it in optimal condition.

What maintenance is required for Garapa hardwood decking, and how often should it be done?

To maintain Garapa hardwood decking, regular cleaning and occasional resealing are recommended. Cleaning can be done with mild soap and water, and a soft brush or mop. It's essential to remove debris and prevent mold or mildew growth. Depending on the climate and wear, resealing with an appropriate hardwood oil or sealer may be required every 1-2 years to protect the wood from UV damage and maintain its appearance.

Can Garapa hardwood be stained or treated to enhance its appearance and longevity?

While Garapa hardwood naturally possesses an attractive golden colour, some homeowners may choose to apply a stain or protective finish to enhance its appearance and provide additional UV protection. However, it's essential to use products specifically designed for hardwood and to follow the manufacturer's guidelines. Prior to application, it's recommended to clean the surface thoroughly and allow it to dry completely.

What are the typical dimensions and profiles available for Garapa hardwood decking boards?

Garapa hardwood decking boards are commonly available in various dimensions and profiles to suit different projects. At Tough Decks we have Smooth-145/21 & 140/19.

How does the cost of Garapa hardwood decking compare to other decking materials on the market?

The cost of Garapa hardwood decking is generally higher than pressure-treated wood but often comparable to other premium hardwoods like ipe or teak. It is typically more affordable than some exotic hardwoods while offering similar durability and attractiveness. Composite decking may have a lower upfront cost, but Garapa hardwood's longevity and natural beauty can make it a cost-effective choice in the long run.

Are there any specific installation guidelines or tips for working with Garapa hardwood decking timber?

When installing Garapa hardwood decking, it's essential to use stainless steel screws (316 Stainless Steel) to prevent rust stains on the wood. Pre-drilling may be necessary, especially near the board ends, to avoid splitting. Additionally, leaving proper spacing between the boards is crucial to allow for natural expansion and contraction with changing weather conditions.


At TOUGH DECKS we only import sustainable sourced A-grade hardwood decking timber.
Garapa  |  Purpleheart  Red Cumaru   |   Stonewood (Angelim Pedra) Kwila  |  Vitex


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