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Garapa Brazilian Hardwood Decking

Brazilian Garapa Decking? Garapa is a blond oak color and is beautiful and long lasting decking.  Unlike Oak, it is twice as hard. Many of our Island customers allow their Decking to just turn gray.  When it greys it looks a lot like Ipe but at about 30% less prices.   Cheaper to buy and cheaper for import taxes.  Garapa has a lovely golden honey color and a reputed 25 year lifespan.

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brown garapa blond garapaGarapa deck, is frequently refered to as Brazilian Oak decking.  The reason is the resemblance of the natural wood of both Oak and Garapa is similar.  Both are blond but Garapa is about twice (2x) as hard as oak. Garapa (Brazilian Oak) is honey-yellow when cut with slight ribbon effects that becomes light brown with age. Interlocked grain with medium texture. Garapa decks like all Brazilian woods are naturally resistance to decay like mold and fungus. It is also resistant to termites and insects. As a decking it is a very color consistent and it hardness makes it naturally scratch resistant. An option some people prefer is a darker color and use brown finishers.

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Garapa is new to decking when compared to the grand daddy of Ipe  but it is quickly becoming a big seller.  Is the Garapa gold or golden color that is attractive. 

We ship directly to the port and shipper of your choice.   We work with all of them on a regular basis and have personal relationships with many.  This allows us to quickly provide all paperwork just the way they need it.   This moves your decking and accessories quickly on their way to you in the islands.


The Tech Specs: Garapa
Scientific Name: Apuleia leiocarpa
Growing area: South America
Tree Size: 20-30m tall, 1-1.5m diameter
Average Weight: 820 kg/m3 -  51 lbs/ft3 
Janka Hardness: 1,650 lbf (7,350 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 18,530 lbf/in2 (127.8 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 2,257,000 lbf/in2 (15.57 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 9,030 lbf/in2 (62.3 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 4.2%, Tangential: 7.5%, Volumetric: 11.7%, T/R Ratio: 1.8

The Specs in English: Garapa
Tree Size:  Really Big!
Weight: ~2 pounds per linear foot for 1x6
Hardness ~2x as hard as Oak
Shrinkage end to end, ~none
Shrinkage side to side ~minimal

Why is Bahamas Ipe brand Garapa Decking the right choice? We have been in the business of wood for years.  Our tech consultants have decades of experience. Our warehouse guys are also woodworkers who work with Garapa, Ipe and other Brazilian woods.  They have a love of the wood and can answer your questions. We know the rights, lefts, ins and outs to help you get it right the first time. Do not spend valuable time experimenting, ask the craftsmen who have been doing this for years.

Accessories: We know you may not have a local Lowes, Home Depot, or even a hardware store nearby.  As such, we have Garapa accessories needed to a complete your deck. Ipe Clip Extreme can provide you the hidden look and is strong enough for those nasty Class 5 Hurricanes.  We also sell stainless steel screws to meet your needs including the Headcote Smartbit system and Deckwise stainless screws.  If you need something special, let us know we may have it or can get it to add to your order.

Support:  If you have a question you can call and talk to us. We either know the answer or can get it.  Several of us are craftsmen who are knowledgeable on all aspects of Garapa decking. 

Decking is in Stock!
Call and we have it. We have an abundance of Garapa. Call Us to order  today at +1-352-508-4990


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