Species: var. Guarapa
Garapa wood (Brazilian Oak) decking lumber has a lemon-yellow color that becomes light brown (honey) with age. Garapa hardwood has a slight ribbon-like natural design, appears watery or wavelike, similar to silk. Rot Resistance is rated as durable, though vulnerable to termites and other insect attacks.
Garapa decking is naturally resistant to wood decay and insect damage, having no characteristic odor. It also has a class A fire rating – the same as concrete. Garapa wood is naturally scratch resistant and has an estimated useful life of 25 years. Deck oil preservation treatments will actually add even more years to the life of this very durable wood decking. Building a Garapa deck is comparable to Ipe in durability, grain and workability at a lower price. Finishing this fine hardwood decking with brown, tinted oil provides a soft brown finish similar to Ipe without the color variation from board to board that is characteristic of ipe hardwood decking. See comparison photo on this page. Go Natural with Real Garapa hardwood decking.
Brazilian Oak, Grapia, Brazilian Ash, Amarealao, Garrote, Marotoa, Muiratua, Muirajuba
2280 lb – slightly harder than Hard Maple and almost twice as hard as red oak.
Cutting and Drilling:
Carbide tipped blades and bits are recommended for very durable Garapa wood decking.
Garapa deck wood (Real Garapa) is kiln dried and has minimal shrinkage after installation. The recommended span for a Garapa deck is 16” for net ¾” x 5 ½” decking. Use 12” spans when supporting hot tubs, overhead structures and longer joist spans.
End wax is very useful at preventing end splits after you cut and install Garapa wood boards. Applying a water-based liquid wax emulsion after cutting the end of every board prevents end splits and ensures the best results.
- Light and Heavy carpentry
- Hydraulic works (seawater)
- Ship building – ribs
- Turned goods
- Flooring – industrial or residential
- Container and trailer flooring
- Tool handles
- Boxes and crates.
The main species of Garapa wood, Apuleia leiocarpa, is found mainly in the South of Brazil, in the Atlantic coast forests, easily colonizing cleared areas.
Like all of the lumber supplied by Brazilian Wood Depot, RealGarapa meets high standards for social, economic and environmental responsibility. See RealWood.Org for more information about how purchasing this hardwood lumber fuels the economic value and preservation of the South American forests.
Garapa Deck Installation:
Joists and support beams - Pressure treated (PT) pine lumber is most often used for joists, beams and posts underneath Garapa hardwood decking because it is cheap and is protected from weather by the Garapa deck. This protection extends the expected life of the support lumber dramatically.
Fasteners - After choosing the hardwood decking species that you prefer, you need to decide on using screws through the face of the deck board or a type of hidden fastener that conceals the screws. The hidden fasteners cost a little more but many feel that spending a little extra for the beauty of hidden fasteners is a good investment since the deck will last a lifetime.
Endgrain - Diffuse-porous, solitary and radial multiples, medium to large pores in no specific arrangement. Somewhat numerous; yellowish brown mineral deposits common; parenchyma lozenge, winged, and confluent with narrow rays, spacing is normal.
Ventilation - When planning the layout of your deck, be sure that you allow for ventilation under your deck boards. This will ensure the long life and extended beauty of your hardwood deck.
Railings - There are many choices to make when designing your Garapa deck railings and balusters (vertical pickets). Vertical balusters are more desirable than horizontal balusters (like cable) because of safety and ease of installation. Horizontal balusters enable children to scale the railing and require precise tautness to prevent children from squeezing between them. BW Depot stocks wood balusters that match Garapa decking and last a lifetime unlike PT or cedar balusters. Aluminum and galvanized steel balusters are beautiful cost effective choices and can be mounted with matching hardwood rails, posts and handrail. Galvanized steel railing baluster sections are much easier to install, much stronger and possibly the most cost effective option. The Fortress Iron provides these steel railing sections at a fraction of the cost of having them custom made. Matching hardwood handrails and posts go well with any railing choice.
How does Garapa decking compare to Composite decking? Visit our Composite Comparison page.
For more information on deck building tips, visit our Deck Installation page.
For Garapa deck design tips visit our Cutting Edge Tips Blog.
For information on fasteners, railings and finishes visit the Deck Accessories Page.
Shipping and Delivery
Garapa wood (Brazilian Oak), is very heavy decking lumber. Shipping this lumber requires special attention to engineer every crate according to the specifications of the shipment so that the hardwood lumber arrives in excellent condition. Receiving damaged lumber is inconvenient, costly and will delay completion of your deck project. Brazilian Wood Depot takes special care to properly crate shipments of Garapa lumber to ensure delivery of your lumber in excellent condition.
Brazilian Wood Depot is ideally located to receive hardwood lumber shipments through the most cost effective ports when shipping from Brazil. In Georgia, we also enjoy some of the lowest overhead costs in the nation and “right to work” wages. In addition, our lumber crating prevents against damage to the Garapa hardwood shipments. No damage and no damage claims, plus our large number of shipments earns us the best shipping rates available. All of these cost saving factors enable us to ship Garapa hardwood everywhere in the United States from our own stock in Georgia at the best prices. Our sales continue to expand with consumers’ growing awareness of the attributes of our naturally beautiful hardwood decking material. Call us for current prices.
The quality of wood grade and milling is just as important to supplying the highest grade of Brazilian hardwood lumber as careful crating and shipping. Brazilian Wood Depot sells all of its hardwood lumber under the RealWood™ brand. Real Garapa, Real Cumaru, Real Jatoba, Real Tigerwood and Real Massaranduba hardwood lumber are all distributed in the U.S. solely by Brazilian Wood Depot. All other providers of these brands are supplied by Brazilian Wood Depot.
Please visit RealWoodDepot.com to see more about the assurances of grading, milling and origin that the RealWood™ brand provides customers.