A Complete Guide to Garapa Decking
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Garapa is our recommended alternative to Ipe. This is simply because it has great characteristics and is price-conscious. The premium type of Garapa Decking is more durable and stronger compared to the pressure-treated decking materials and red cedar. In fact, the Garapa can beat the cedar decking in almost all measurable aspects. This hardwood is affordable, aesthetically pleasing and durable decking material. With regards to choosing your material, the Garapa will exceed the various types of softwood decking materials. It has an elevated resistance against rot and insects. All of these things and many more are the reasonit is our go-to.
We sell Garapa starting at less than $1.58/lf for 1×4. Call us for a custom quote.
Things You Need to Know about Garapa Decking
Garapa Decking which is also commonly referred to as Brazilian Ash is an amazing choice for decking materials. The shade of this hardwood is lighter compared to Massaranduba and Ipe, and it has the beautiful tone of the Brazilian hardwood. It is also extremely sturdy and durable, and it requires a low level of maintenance. The grain is usually straight and fine, but there are others that come with a ribbon grain that grants a classic look on your deck.
It is Durable
This decking material comes from the thick forest of the South American region. It is an exotic hardwood which is a great choice for exterior applications due to its amazing resistance against insects, rots and severe weather condition. By observing appropriate maintenance, you can guarantee that you will maintain the beauty and quality of your deck for a longer period of time. In fact other than Ipe’s characteristics Garapa is probably the most desirable.
It is Affordable
Compared to other hardwood materials like Ipe, the Garapa Decking is much affordable. You will be able to enjoy the strength and beauty of a hardwood material but without the same cost. This is why it is a popular option in the state of modern architecture. When you compared it with the price of other materials, this is definitely a more cost-efficient choice.
It Has a Classic Look
As this hardwood ages, it will have a gray patina or light silver shade which simply means that you no longer have to apply coating, sealers or stains in case you want a low level of maintenance. If you prefer the original honey tone of the hardwood, you may want to apply a UV inhibitor on your Garapa Decking. For homeowners who want to bring back the deck on its original appearance, there are brightening systems or deck cleaners that are specifically designed for Garapa.
With regards to decking, Garapa is indeed the best choice for those who are on a tight budget. The golden tone of this material is usually admired which makes it the preferred option in today’s modern architecture. This may be softer compared to Ipe wood, but it is as stable as the Ipe. All in all, there is just no way to compare the durability of the exotic hardwoods. You will be able to enjoy the authentic beauty of your deck for a longer period of time.
How Much Does Garapa Decking Cost?
Garapa is quite a bit less expensive than Ipe, depending on market conditions it can be as low as $1.40/lf for 1×4 material. The availability of Garapa is not always guaranteed. Sizes other than 1×6 and 5/4×6 are rarer. While we do have it come through on a regular basis, the bottom line is not always available. Other details about Garapa can be found here.