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Garapa Decking



Prized for its rich honey color mellowing to a natural golden brown, Iron Woods® Garapa Gold™ Decking looks and performs like genuine teak—without the high cost. 100% clear, all heart, premium-select architectural grade, Iron Woods® Garapa Decking is durable, well-performing. As a more affordable alternative to Ipe, it’s virtually indistinguishable when left to weather to a natural silvery-gray patina. 

Premium Grade
100% clear all heartwood and graded for appearance on the face, back, and edges. Unsound milling defects not allowed.

Availability
Available as decking and lumber in 1×4, 1×6, 5/4×4, 5/4×6, 2×2, 2×4, 2×6. See full availability details.




FEATURES & BENEFITS

Why Choose Garapa?


NATURALLY DURABLE

Kiln dried and pre-stabilized to the same high standards we apply to all our decking products.

AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE TO IPE

The best lower-cost alternative to Iron Woods® Ipe Decking—virtually indistinguishable from Ipe when left to weather to a natural silvery-gray patina.

PREMIUM GRADE

100% Heartwood. 100% clear. No unsightly knots or sapwood streaks. Grading on all faces and edges allows for any face selection you choose.

HURRICANE STRONG

When engineers decided to replace the 35 pine beach dune crossovers on Tybee Island, Georgia, they chose Garapa Gold™.

TIMELESS BEAUTY

Weather naturally to an attractive silver gray or maintain the natural rich brown color by cleaning and refinishing. Or both. Your choice.

STANDS UP TO THE ELEMENTS

Iron Woods® Garapa Decking stands up to the elements year-round – from heat and humidity to salt water spray and brutal winters.

NATURALLY DURABLE

Kiln dried and pre-stabilized to the same high standards we apply to all our decking products.

AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE TO IPE

The best lower-cost alternative to Iron Woods® Ipe Decking—virtually indistinguishable from Ipe when left to weather to a natural silvery-gray patina.

PREMIUM GRADE

100% Heartwood. 100% clear. No unsightly knots or sapwood streaks. Grading on all faces and edges allows for any face selection you choose.

HURRICANE STRONG

When engineers decided to replace the 35 pine beach dune crossovers on Tybee Island, Georgia, they chose Garapa Gold™.

TIMELESS BEAUTY

Weather naturally to an attractive silver gray or maintain the natural rich brown color by cleaning and refinishing. Or both. Your choice.

STANDS UP TO THE ELEMENTS

Iron Woods® Garapa Decking stands up to the elements year-round – from heat and humidity to salt water spray and brutal winters.



FEATURES & BENEFITS

Why Choose Garapa?


NATURALLY DURABLE

Kiln dried and pre-stabilized to the same high standards we apply to all our decking products.

AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE TO IPE

The best lower-cost alternative to Iron Woods® Ipe Decking—virtually indistinguishable from Ipe when left to weather to a natural silvery-gray patina.

PREMIUM GRADE

100% Heartwood. 100% clear. No unsightly knots or sapwood streaks. Grading on all faces and edges allows for any face selection you choose.

HURRICANE STRONG

When engineers decided to replace the 35 pine beach dune crossovers on Tybee Island, Georgia, they chose Garapa Gold™.

TIMELESS BEAUTY

Weather naturally to an attractive silver gray or maintain the natural rich brown color by cleaning and refinishing. Or both. Your choice.

STANDS UP TO THE ELEMENTS

Iron Woods® Garapa Decking stands up to the elements year-round – from heat and humidity to salt water spray and brutal winters.

NATURALLY DURABLE

Kiln dried and pre-stabilized to the same high standards we apply to all our decking products.

AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE TO IPE

The best lower-cost alternative to Iron Woods® Ipe Decking—virtually indistinguishable from Ipe when left to weather to a natural silvery-gray patina.

PREMIUM GRADE

100% Heartwood. 100% clear. No unsightly knots or sapwood streaks. Grading on all faces and edges allows for any face selection you choose.

HURRICANE STRONG

When engineers decided to replace the 35 pine beach dune crossovers on Tybee Island, Georgia, they chose Garapa Gold™.

TIMELESS BEAUTY

Weather naturally to an attractive silver gray or maintain the natural rich brown color by cleaning and refinishing. Or both. Your choice.

STANDS UP TO THE ELEMENTS

Iron Woods® Garapa Decking stands up to the elements year-round – from heat and humidity to salt water spray and brutal winters.



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Technical Details


Our technical support is unmatched in the industry. Have a question? We’re here to help. Always.


Storage & HandlingSpans & SpacingDeck VentilationFinishingBest Practices
Storage & Handling
  • Iron Woods® Garapa decking is supplied as kiln dried lumber and is for outdoor use only.
  • Store the wood out of direct sunlight and be sure to keep it dry and off the ground.
  • Allow the wood to acclimate and stabilize to the installation area’s humidity before installing.
  • Garapa will naturally slightly darken on exposure.
  • We recommend carbide-tipped saw blades and high-quality drills for smooth cuts.

Spans & Spacing

These spans are designed for Garapa to allow for minimal deflection of the deck surface. Contact us for maximum spans and engineering data.

Load Size
Board Size 100 psf
1×4 16″
1×6 16″
5/4×6 24″
  • Allow a 3/16″ gap between 6″ wide deck boards and a 1/8″ gap between 4″ wide deck boards for drainage, airflow and expansion. 
  • Kiln dried decking may expand 1/8″ on 6″ wide boards during times of high moisture. 
  • Expect some shrinkage in width in hot or dry areas.

Deck Ventilation
  • Adequate ventilation of the deck is essential for long-term stability and to minimize cupping. 
  • Proper air ventilation allows air to flow in from outside the deck area, under the joists and up through the gaps between the deck boards.

Finishing
  • Seal immediately after installation to reduce the potential for surface checking. If installing over a prolonged period or during hot weather, sealing after each phase is recommended. 
  • Be sure to seal all ends immediately after cutting with Anchorseal clear wax end sealer (available from your Iron Woods® dealer) in order to reduce end checking.
  • To maintain a golden brown color, use a transparent, penetrating oil-based sealer with UV inhibitors in a trans-oxide pigment tint and reapply annually, or as needed.
  • If you prefer a natural, silvery-gray appearance, use a clear oil-based sealer for the first coat and then simply let the wood weather to its natural gray color. 
  • If you want to return silver-gray wood to the original color, use a “wood brightener.” Careful power washing and/or sanding can help to remove the grayed wood.

Best Practices
  • Download a more in-depth, printer-friendly PDF Best Practices Guide
  • Click the link to open/download the PDF in most browsers. You can also right-click and choose to Save Link As.


Technical Details


Our technical support is unmatched in the industry. Have a question? We’re here to help. Always.


Storage & HandlingSpans & SpacingDeck VentilationFinishingBest Practices
Storage & Handling
  • Iron Woods® Garapa decking is supplied as kiln dried lumber and is for outdoor use only.
  • Store the wood out of direct sunlight and be sure to keep it dry and off the ground.
  • Allow the wood to acclimate and stabilize to the installation area’s humidity before installing.
  • Garapa will naturally slightly darken on exposure.
  • We recommend carbide-tipped saw blades and high-quality drills for smooth cuts.
Spans & Spacing

These spans are designed for Garapa to allow for minimal deflection of the deck surface. Contact us for maximum spans and engineering data.

Load Size
Board Size 100 psf
1×4 16″
1×6 16″
5/4×6 24″
  • Allow a 3/16″ gap between 6″ wide deck boards and a 1/8″ gap between 4″ wide deck boards for drainage, airflow and expansion. 
  • Kiln dried decking may expand 1/8″ on 6″ wide boards during times of high moisture. 
  • Expect some shrinkage in width in hot or dry areas.
Deck Ventilation
  • Adequate ventilation of the deck is essential for long-term stability and to minimize cupping. 
  • Proper air ventilation allows air to flow in from outside the deck area, under the joists and up through the gaps between the deck boards.
Finishing
  • Seal immediately after installation to reduce the potential for surface checking. If installing over a prolonged period or during hot weather, sealing after each phase is recommended. 
  • Be sure to seal all ends immediately after cutting with Anchorseal clear wax end sealer (available from your Iron Woods® dealer) in order to reduce end checking.
  • To maintain a golden brown color, use a transparent, penetrating oil-based sealer with UV inhibitors in a trans-oxide pigment tint and reapply annually, or as needed.
  • If you prefer a natural, silvery-gray appearance, use a clear oil-based sealer for the first coat and then simply let the wood weather to its natural gray color. 
  • If you want to return silver-gray wood to the original color, use a “wood brightener.” Careful power washing and/or sanding can help to remove the grayed wood.
Best Practices
  • Download a more in-depth, printer-friendly PDF Best Practices Guide
  • Click the link to open/download the PDF in most browsers. You can also right-click and choose to Save Link As.


Need to Know

Product Availability



NOMINAL SIZEACTUAL SIZEPROFILESLENGTHS
1 x 4 KD11/16" x 3-1/2" S4S8' - 20' even
5/4 x 6 KD1" x 5-1/2" S4S8' - 20' even
5/4 x 6 KD1" x 5-1/2" Grooved8' - 20' even
2 x 2 KD1-1/2" x 1-1/2" Baluster3'
2 x 4 KD1-1/2" x 3-1/2" S4S8' - 20' even
2 x 6 KD1-1/2" x 5-1/2"S4S8' - 20' even
2 x 8 KD1-1/2" x 7-1/4"S4S8' - 20' even
4 x 4 KD3-1/2" x 3-1/2"S4S8' - 12' even




PRODUCT COMPARISON


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Type
Maintenance
Decay Resistance
Termite Resistance
Strength
Movement in Service
Fire Rating Class
Weight per cu. ft.
Bending Strength (in psi)
E-modulus
Shear Strength
Hardness




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Fastening Systems

We make fastening easy. Iron Woods decking can be installed using the EB-TY Hidden Deck Fastening System, the Starborn Color Matched Pro-Plug System, or Iron Woods Boardwalk and Deck Screws.







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