This species is known as one of the more dense hardwoods most commonly used for decking. It resists rot, decay, splinters and fire naturally without any chemical treatments. This fine-grained timber features light yellow to warm, golden brown hues. Garapa is scratch resistant which allows the surface to remain smooth for many years, making Garapa an ideal wood for exterior decking.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
Brazilian Ash, Grapia, Amarealao, Garrote, Marotoa, Muiratua, Muirajuba.
Native to Brazil.
Color varies from yellow-beige tones to a more yellow-brown hue. There is great variation in the wood's medium and uneven texture in addition to the appearance of straight, fine interlocked grain.
DENSITY AND BUOYANCY
Janka hardness is 1631, 26% harder than Red Oak (1210 Janka) and average weight is 54 lbs. per cubic foot, comparable to Brazilian Cherry. Bending strength is 12,900 PSI.
DRYING AND SHRINKAGE
Garapa dries very slowly, even in a well-controlled environment. Allow for medium volume shrinkage.
The wood glues easily and stays in place. It saws, nails and screws well with only a slight blunting effect on tools.
Good durability with high resistance to daily wear and tear. Class A fire rating.
A low maintenance wood, Garapa naturally weathers to a silver gray patina. An outdoor finish can be applied to maintain its natural golden beauty. Medium-high resistance to decay and termites.
Decking and boat docks.
Garapa is a dense hardwood that naturally resists rot, decay, termites, splinters, scratches, and even fire. It has a light yellow to golden brown hue. As the wood naturally weathers, it takes on light silvery gray tones unless a sealer is used to keep its natural color.