Structural Garapa

Structural Garapa Cape Town

Structural Garapa

Garapa is a tropical hardwood from South America that is both sturdy and durable, making it an excellent choice for decking projects. Garapa, with its smooth surface and yellow to golden brown colour, is quickly becoming a favourite among people who prefer a lighter coloured wood.

Garapa is often used for structural work such as decking, flooring, pergolas and more due to its exceptional strength and stability. Structural Garapa is an exceptionally adaptable natural hardwood that may be used as decking material, boat docks, outdoor furniture, walkways, boardwalks and rain screen hardwood panelling in and near water. Garapa has approximately 1-1/2 the hardness of oak and is inherently resistant to decay and insect damage. Garapa develops a lovely silver tinge when exposed to the elements.

Despite its adaptability, toughness and exquisite figured grading, Garapa is a highly cost-effective option for decking. Garapa decking is more affordable than the majority of synthetic or composite decking materials. It is a fantastic long-term investment because it is so strong and long-lasting. Compared to other decking material options, the entire life cycle cost of owning and maintaining a Garapa deck is among the lowest. 

Garapa has a lifespan of over 30 years and is appropriate for a variety of uses. It is substantially  harder than redwood or cedar but significantly softer than other tropical hardwoods like ipe and camru, with a Janka Hardness Value of 1,650 pounds. Garapa is also dense and resistant to:

  • Decay and rot
  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Splinters
  • Insects
  • Fire

These factors all make Garapa a great choice of wood to use no matter which season or weather conditions. When you are looking to build a strong, attractive, and long-lasting outdoor structure or deck, structural Garapa hardwood is a great option because it is well-suited for a wide range of outdoor projects.

Garapa decking solutions are available on for all of your DIY construction needs. It’s important to remember that while we carry everything you’ll need to complete your project successfully, we do not cut or tailor our products to your needs. 

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For all of your DIY construction requirements, provides Garapa decking solutions. While we carry everything you’ll need to make your project a success, it’s crucial to keep in mind that we do not cut or fit to your requirements.