Purpleheart Hardwood Decking and Siding from Brazilian Wood Depot is real wood with unsurpassed durability and beauty. It's naturally resistant to rot and decay and virtually maintenance free.*

Purpleheart Decking:

Purpleheart wood decking information and benefits of building an Purpleheart deck.

Also known as Petogyn spp

Purpleheart hard wood decking lumber is resistant to insect attack and decay. Purpleheart is one of the densest woods on the planet and is VERY durable. Purple Heart hard wood grows in many areas of South America and is easily sustainable. The Purple Heart tree is large, attaining heights of 100 to 150 feet, with diameters of 36 - 60 inches.

Other Names and Species:

Roxinho, amaranth, violet wood, amarante, pau roxo, tananeo and morado.


Central and South America 

purpleheart deckingAppearance:

When freshly milled and before oxidation, the wood is a vibrant purple that turns to a rich reddish brown with exposure to UV light. Purple heart decking has a unique characteristic in that the sap becomes exposed along the grain lines as it acclimates.  This sap is soft to the touch, not tacky and is less than 1/8” wide.  The sap dries and flakes off of the wood within 2 months after installation.  If the wood is allowed to gray, the grain lines remain accented because of this sap.  This effect is beautiful.

Drying and Shrinkage:

Kiln drying is necessary to equalize the moisture content before installation. It is naturally seasoned and kiln dried to prevent shrinkage.

Purpleheart wood decking information and benefits of building an Purpleheart deck.Janka Hardness:

3630 kgf – the same as Ipe


Purple heart decking lumber planes to a smooth surface. It screws well; pre-boring is necessary.  Carbide saw blades and drill bits recommended.


Purple heart naturally weathers to a beautiful, silver-gray with accented grain lines. To maintain the original dark reddish brown tone, Messmer’s deck oil with UV inhibitor works best.  Application of sealers is optional.

Principal Uses:

Purple heart hard wood is seen frequently in flooring, stairs, cabinet work, ship building, heavy carpentry, sculpture, exterior and joinery, musical instruments, tool handles, paneling, container flooring, turned goods and decking.


Like all of the lumber supplied by Brazilian Wood Depot, purple heart 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.

Purpleheart wood decking information and benefits of building an Purpleheart deck.Deck Installation:

Joists and support beams - Pressure treated (PT) pine lumber is most often used for joists, beams and posts underneath Purpleheart hardwood decking because it is cheap and is protected from weather by the Purpleheart decking.  This protection extends the expected life of the support lumber dramatically.

Fasteners - After deciding on your beautiful Purpleheart 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 Purpleheart hardwood decking.

Railings - There are many choices to make when designing your rails and balusters (vertical pickets) for Purpleheart 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 Purpleheart decking compare to Composite decking? Visit our Composite Comparison page.

For more information on deck building tips, visit our Deck Installation page.

For Ipe deck design tips visit our Cutting Edge Decking Tips Blog.

For information on fasteners, railings and finishes visit the Deck Accessories Page.

Shipping and Delivery

Purple Heart is very heavy hard wood decking lumber. Shipping this lumber requires special attention to engineer every crate according to the specifications of the shipment so that the hard wood 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 Purple heart hard wood lumber decking to ensure delivery of your lumber in excellent condition.

Brazilian Wood Depot is ideally located to receive hard wood 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 Purple heart hard wood 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 hard wood 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 hard wood decking material.  Call us for current prices.

The quality of grade and milling is just as important to supplying the highest grade of hard wood decking lumber as careful crating and shipping. Brazilian Wood Depot sells all of its lumber under the RealWood brand. RealPurple heart, RealCumaru, RealJatoba, RealMassaranduba, RealGarapa and RealIpe hard wood 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.comto see more about the assurances of grading, milling and origin that the RealWood brand provides customers.

Call us at 770-242-0045 with any questions you have about Purpleheart hard wood decking lumber.  Go Natural!

Looking for a wood with a higher hardness rating? Try Ipe for your decking choice