Garapa Wood is a high-density hardwood which has become quite popular in America. The scientific name of Garapa Wood is “Apuleia leiocarpa”. Garapa is also called as “Brazilian Ash” as well as “Grapia” in some places. Apart from these, it also has some trade names viz Garapa Gold and Iron Wood Garapa.
Garapa has naturally high density, is quite a durable hardwood and is supposed to be the ideal material to be used for exterior structures, which include outdoor furniture, decks, wood siding and a lot many other kinds of woodwork. Garapa has some beautiful golden tones that will surely enhance your project, giving it a warm and natural look. Garapa is categorized among the most popular types of the Brazilian wood clan.
High-density and exotic hardwood decking materials like Garapa wood decking, Tigerwood decking, Cumaru decking as well as IPE decking are considered to be the best decking materials among the available decking materials. Garapa decking is beautiful, durable and offers a lighter colored decking material option for your deck. Garapa decking is very low cost which makes it quite an affordable choice for a decking project. Here are the characteristic features of Garapa wood:
- Color/Appearance: Garapa has various golden tones that darken as the wood ages. It is quite chatoyant. The color changes from dark to light when looked upon from different angles.
- Texture/Grain: it has a medium texture along with a moderate natural texture. The grain is mostly straight, but sometimes can also be interlocked.
- Endgrain: The endgrain is usually diffused and porous; solitary with radial multiples; medium pores to large pores with no specific arrangement, moderate and in numerous numbers; yellowish-brown with common mineral deposit; winged and confluent, parenchyma lozenge; narrow rays with normal spacing.
- Rot Resistance: Garapa wood’s high density along with its natural oils make it resistant to termite and other bugs attacks.
- Workability: Despite its density, garapa is quite easy to work with. It easily glues and finishes well, and scores an average when it comes to dimensional stability.
- Allergies/Toxicity: There haven’t been any reports of severe allergies caused by Garapa yet, but it can cause skin irritation sometimes.
- Pricing/Availability: Although Garapa is not available easily in lumber form, it is used for decking and flooring as it comes with a low cost and, hence, is very affordable.
- Sustainability: Though it is lesser known, it is long-lasting, grown from trees, and biodegradable.
- Common Uses: Garapa is commonly used for decking, flooring, boatbuilding, and in docks.
Garapa wood can be subjected to natural weather but like any other material, Garapa requires to be cleaned for removing debris and dirt.
All these properties make Garapa a highly affordable and investment-worthy choice for decking.
About the Author:
This article is written by Bruce Master. He gained an interest in woodworking at an early age. Bruce Master started working with contractors in the 1970s as a salesman at Ace Hardware in Miami. Over the years, he discovered and fell in love with Brazilian woods. He has built decks, docks and specialty items using many of the Brazilian woods. Today, Bruce loves his job as Operations Manager for ABS Wood, a Brazilian wood retailer.