Garapa is one of the best wood options for interior flooring and exterior decking. It is durable, resistant to extreme weather, and pleasing to the eye. In this article you will find out the essentials of Garapa decking. Read on to learn about its origins, installation instructions, and benefits!

What is the origin of Garapa decking?

Apuleia leiocarpa, commonly known as Garapa, is a high-density hardwood originating from the deep forests of Brazil. You may find it for many applications under different names, including Brazilian Ash, Grapia, Garapa Gold, and Ironwood Garapa. All these names refer to the same type of wood coming from the same tree species – Apuleia leiocarpa.

The Garapa tree varies in height from 20-30 m (65 to 100 ft) and trunk width from 1-1.5 m (3 to 5 ft) in diameter. It has a specific gravity of 0.66 and is rated at 1,650 lb/f on the Janka Hardness scale.

What are the benefits of Garapa decking?

Garapa’s golden tones, multiple uses, and flexibility make it one of the most popular hardwoods for decking, outdoor furniture, and sidings.Garapa wood may differ grain-wise from one tree to another. Some trees provide straight-grain lumber, while others have a distinct interlocked pattern. However, both provide a uniform medium texture and a slight natural luster finish.

Durability – One of the primary benefits of Garapa lumber is its durability against harsh weather conditions. Still, it might be vulnerable to termites if you do not remove the insects in time.

Workability – In terms of workability Garapa is highly flexible despite its high density. You will find that it easily absorbs glues, stains, and finishing solutions. 

No odors – Garapa timber does not have a specific smell. 

Natural resistance – Garapa is resistant to water, decay, and mold. It’s one of the few light-colored hardwoods that you can use for exterior applications. Still, after a long period of use, the wood´s color may intensify, turn darker, and lose its natural luster.

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Where else is Garapa used (other than decking)?

Given its high sustainability, Garapa is popular for many woodworking projects, including:

  • Exterior Millwork
  • Flooring
  • Moldings
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Boatbuilding
  • Stair Risers
  • Exterior wood siding

You can count on Garapa for almost any type of exterior woodworking project. Of course, it is very popular for patios and garden decking. Its resistance to weather, stability, and aesthetics makes it a popular choice for outdoor applications.

Garapa Decking Handling Instructions

When you order Garapa for decking, you will most probably receive it in large packs. The wood may come from long distances after having crossed through different climate regions. So, you should leave it a few days to rest before starting your woodworking project. If you don´t ensure proper air circulation, your Garapa decking can spoil or perform below expectations.

You need to keep Garapa wood dry. So, store it in a cool area and away from direct sunlight and rain. Place it at least 10cm above the ground to improve ventilation, minimize cupping and reduce warping. 

If you don’t treat it, this Brazilian wood may cause skin irritation as a result of overexposure to it.

Looking for Garapa decking? Tropical Forest Products works with licensed suppliers in South America. Our lumber is independently certified. Talk to us about your requirements. Stock available for smaller projects.