Massaranduba Decking (Brazilian Redwood):
Species: Manilkara bidentata
Massaranduba wood – Real Massaranduba™ – is used for durable, beautiful Massaranduba decking. It is resistant to insect attack and decay. Massaranduba wood is one of the densest woods on the planet and is VERY durable. Massaranduba wood grows in many areas of South America and is easily sustainable.
The Massaranduba tree is large, attaining heights of 100 to 150 feet, with diameters of 24 - 48 inches, sometimes reaching 60 inches. Massaranduba trees are usually swollen at the base, and boles are often straight and clear to about 60 feet.
Other Names and Species:
Acana, Balata, Beefwood, Bolletri, Bulletwood, Chicozapota, Macaranduba, Maparajuba, Paraju, Quinilla, Red balata.
Massaranduba Wood Origin:
Central and South America
Massaranduba Decking Appearance:
The color on Massaranduba decking varies from a dull plum red to a light brown, the grain is primarily straight and not pronounced, and the texture is fine and uniform. Massaranduba turns to an ipe brown in two to three months without any red coloring.
Drying and Shrinkage:
Kiln drying is necessary to equalize the moisture content before installation of your new Massaranduba hardwood decking. It is naturally seasoned and kiln dried to prevent shrinkage.
Massaranduba Decking Janka Hardness:
2890 For comparison, the Janka of Red Oak 1260
Massaranduba decking lumber planes to a smooth surface. It nails and screws well; pre-boring is necessary. Because of the straight consistent grain and lack of knots, building with properly kiln dried Massaranduba wood is a rewarding task.
Massaranduba decking naturally weathers to a beautiful, silver-gray. To maintain the original dark plum / brown tone, Messmer’s deck oil with UV inhibitor works best. Application of sealers is optional.
Principal Uses of Massaranduba Wood:
Massaranduba wood is seen frequently in billiard cues, flooring, stair treads, and decking.
Like all of the lumber supplied by Brazilian Wood Depot, RealMassaranduba 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.
Joists and support beams - Pressure treated (PT) pine lumber is most often used for joists, beams and posts underneath Massaranduba hardwood decking because it is cheap and is protected from weather by the Massaranduba decking. This protection extends the expected life of the support lumber dramatically.
Fasteners - After deciding on your beautiful Massaranduba decking, you need to decide on using screws through the face of the 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.
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 new Massaranduba hardwood decking.
Railings - There are many choices to make when designing your railings and balusters (vertical pickets) for Massaranduba decking. 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 the 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 Massaranduba decking compare to Composite decking? Visit our Composite Comparison page.
For more information on deck building tips, visit our Deck Installation page.
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For information on fasteners, railings and finishes visit the Deck Accessories Page.
Shipping and Delivery
Massaranduba (Brazilian Redwood) is very heavy hardwood decking lumber. Shipping Massaranduba wood 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 Massaranduba hardwood decking lumber decking 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 Massaranduba decking lumber shipments. No damage, no damage claims and our large number of shipments earns us the best shipping rates available. All of these cost saving factors enable Brazilian Wood Depot to ship hardwood lumber decking 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 grade and milling is just as important to supplying the highest grade of hardwood decking lumber as careful crating and shipping. Brazilian Wood Depot sells all of its lumber, including Massaranduba decking lumber, under the Real Wood™ brand. Real Massaranduba™, Real Cumaru™, Real Jatoba™, Real Massaranduba™, Real Garapa™ and Real Ipe™ hardwood lumber is distributed in the U.S. solely by Brazilian Wood Depot. All other providers of these brands are supplied by Brazilian Wood Depot.
Please go to RealWoodDepot.com to see more about the assurances of grading, milling and origin that the Real Wood™ brand provides customers, and feel free to contact us for more information and specific prices on Massaranduba decking.