Cumaru decking is an incredibly hard, durable and beautiful high density hardwood decking material. Unlike synthetic decking, Cumaru is all natural real wood decking. Cumaru wood is harvested sustainably in ideal growing conditions. Cumaru is a high density hardwood ranging in color from yellow brown to reddish brown and has coarse exotic grain variations. There is nothing artificial about Cumaru hardwood decking and it has some truly amazing properties.
Cumaru is more then three times as hard as pressure treated decking and is extremely resistant to scratching and gouges. Cumaru is so resistant to traffic and abrasion, it has been selected for use in world reknowned boardwalks and other high traffic outdoor projects. Any scratches that may occur from severe abuse on Cumaru decking can be quickly sanded out using 80 grit sandpaper. On the other hand, synthetic composite decking is comparatively very soft and abrades easily. Scratches can not be sanded out of synthetic and plastic decking without ruining the appearance of the decking material.
Like Ipe decking, Cumaru decking is very strong and is rated as a Class A fire resistant material. With Cumaru decking, you don't have to worry about cigar or cigarette burns melting or marring your decking surface. Many synthetic composite and plastic decking materials are very vulnerable to extreme heat and burns. As a matter of fact, many synthetic decking materials retain significant amounts of heat and can become very flexible when they are hot. Cumaru decking, however is extremely strong and stable and will not flex and bend when it is hot out outside.
Cumaru decking is available in the same price range as many composite decking and synthetic decking materials. Cumaru decking lasts so long (Mataverde Cumaru decking has a 25 year limited warranty), the long term cost return on your Cumaru deck investment is among the lowest of all decking options. See how Cumaru decking compares to composite decking material prices. Whether you are considering materials for decking, outdoor furniture, wood siding or other outdoor structure, Cumaru is a long lasting hardwood species worth checking out.
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Garapa decking is a high density tropical hardwood species that has some similar physical properties to Ipe wood decking. Garapa decking and Ipe decking each have beautiful graining and rich color variations. Both Ipe decking and Garapa high density hardwood decking materials are stronger than any North American wood species with respect to their bending strength, hardness, density and durability. The best quality Garapa wood and Ipe wood are harvested mainly in Northern Brazil which has one of the best growing climates for trees that are harvested and milled into high quality decking materials in the world. Ipe decking is considered by many to be the absolute best natural decking material on earth. Garapa decking has many of Ipe's great qualities as well.
Garapa decking varies from pale yellow hues to a rich honey brown color. Sometimes you can see this exotic color variation within the same piece of Garapa decking material. The high strength, soft colors, finer graining and subtle striping of Garapa decking have earned Garapa the nickname “Brazilian Ash”. The color of Ipe decking varies from lighter browns to darker olive browns. Compared to Ipe, Garapa has less grain variation but garapa still shows the rich exotic graining found in tropical hardwood decking species.
Other than the color differences and graining variation Ipe decking and Garapa decking have a lot in common. While Ipe is considerably harder than Garapa wood, Garapa is nearly one and a half times harder than Oak. The extreme hardness of Ipe and Garapa decking make either decking material a great option for a scratch resistant deck. If you have active children or pets playing on your deck, don’t be afraid to choose either Garapa or Ipe for your decking material. The high density of Ipe wood and Garapa wood make each hardwood decking species very resistant to rot and termites. The high durability of both Garapa and Ipe decking assure you that your high density hardwood deck will last, and last beautifully, for many years.
From an initial price standpoint, Garapa decking costs less than Ipe decking. Garapa is one of the most affordable decking options on the market. If you are also concerned about how much a deck will end up costing you long term, life cycle cost analyses have been performed for Garapa and Ipe decking with great success. With their extremely low lifetime costs, both hardwood species (Ipe and Garapa) are among the best value decking material options to choose from. Ipe decking and Garapa decking are eco-friendly and sustainably harvested. Both Garapa and Ipe wood are available FSC Certified.
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Why it makes sense to use a wood rainscreen system on commercial and public buildings.
Several architects have recently asked us to help them demonstrate to their clients the benefits of using a rainscreen wood siding system on commercial buildings and municipal buildings (including schools and health facilities). It appears that many of the building owners feel that concrete and brick create an impression of solidity and are afraid to use natural organic materials for fear they won't stand the test of time.
When you combine owner's concern with today's architectural trend of using lots of metal, concrete and stone to building exteriors it make sense why some building owners would need some education for a better understanding of why a rainscreen wood siding system is an excellent exterior cladding option. Responsible parties need to be assured that their design and construction decisions will stand the test of time and look good at the same time.
Top 8 reasons why Rainscreen Wood Siding Systems are a great option for commercial and municipal building design:
- Properly designed rain screen systems allow trapped moisture to escape efficiently. Moisture management is a key component to creating a healthy, sustainable building design.
- Dare to be different! Step away from the imposing appearance of most of today's post modern exterior facades. Take a fresh design approach and add "human touches" to your architectural design by using long lasting, low maintenance organic materials to your building concept.
- Rain screen wood siding systems on stave churches built in Norway in the late 1100's are still standing today. How's that for sustainable design?
- Real wood siding products can soften the cold appearance of commercial structures by adding a warm and natural appearance to an otherwise inorganic building facade.
- Designing with a combination of organic and inorganic materials on the exterior of a commercial structure can create a rich and harmonious design balance.
- When used in a rainscreen design, high density hardwood siding is a durable, beautiful and long lasting low maintenance exterior cladding material option.
- High density hardwood siding is a sustainably harvested, eco-friendly exterior cladding for rain screen designs
- Compared to other exterior cladding options, a wood rain screen system isn't just beautiful, it is the most cost effective short term and long term cladding solution available.
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Our company has been importing Ipe high density hardwood decking for nearly two decades. We always make sure that our tropical hardwood decking material is harvested according to strict sustained yield forestry guidelines including FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). Our travels to locate responsible, well organized, dependable suppliers of the highest quality hardwood decking have covered many thousands of miles. During these numerous trips we have also searched for additional high density hardwood species that will meet the highest standards for appearance, durability and overall performance.
This extensive search for high quality exterior hardwood decking materials has resulted in the addition of Red Cumaru decking and lumber to our inventory. Red Cumaru varies in color from yellowish browns to darker reddish browns. We selected Red Cumaru not only for its warm highlights, but also for its high density, extreme durability and stability. Red Cumaru wood is available in a good mix of lengths and sizes for Cumaru decking material. If you need larger structural sizes of Cumaru for your exterior projects, Red Cumaru is also available in 2x4, 2x6, 2x8 and 4x4 nominal sizes.
We have supplied Red Cumaru extensively for residential and commercial projects on the East Coast, the West Coast and everywhere in between. We import Red Cumaru kiln dried (KD) in both decking and lumber sizes. We have found Cumaru to be a preferred material for decking, boardwalks and siding projects where design professionals and owners desire a reduced initial cost, and a low lifecycle cost with a minimal maintenance option. Many government entities and owners of high traffic public and private projects have chosen Cumaru to ensure that their project remains attractive and safe for all to enjoy. When allowed to weather naturally Cumaru has virtually no maintenance costs year after year.
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For those of you struggling to make the right decision about your decking material, I would like to introduce you to Garapa decking. When a home owner or builder is considering building a new deck or replacing existing decking, the first thing that must be decided is what type of decking material they are going to use. While there are dozens of wood species to choose for your deck, not to mention all the composite decking and other synthetic decking materials, Garapa decking is worth considering.
Garapa decking is a high density hardwood and ranges in color from light gold to a deep rich honey brown. Garapa decking is an extremely versatile natural hardwood and can be used in and around water as decking material, boat docks, outdoor furniture, walkways, boardwalks and as rain screen hardwood siding. Garapa is about 1-1/2 times harder than oak and is naturally resistant to rot and insect damage. When left to weather Garapa turns to a beautiful silver patina.
Despite its versatility, durability and beautiful figured graining, Garapa is a very affordable decking material option. Garapa decking is less expensive than most of the composite decking or synthetic decking materials. Because it so durable and long-lasting, Garapa decking is also an excellent long term investment. The total life cycle cost of owning and maintaining a Garapa deck are among the lowest overall cost of any available decking material options to choose from.
Garapa is an eco-friendly tropical hardwood decking material. If you are looking for a sustainably harvested FSC certified or IBAMA Certified real wood decking, then Garapa may be just be for you. Please check out any of the links below for additional information about Garapa decking.
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Ten years ago we decided to put a deck on our home and chose to use Ipe decking. We live near the salt water on the Connecticut shore and wanted a decking material that would require no maintenance and would give us the beach/shoreline look of Cape Cod. It was important for us to use a real wood decking that could withstand the beating sun in the summer and having snow shoveled off it in the winter without worrying about scratches. All the research we did pointed to Ipe decking.
We like the look of the hardwood flooring inside our home so we went with 1x4 Ipe decking boards. The narrower 1x4 Ipe decking is a great look and is so different from the traditional look of the wider boards that have always been the standard of decking. We used stainless steel Ipe decking screws to fasten the deck boards and our decking has never moved.
Through the years we have danced barefoot on our Ipe deck, watched our grandchildren crawl around and have enjoyed not having to pull slivers out of little feet and chubby knees. We have a large dog and she runs all over the Ipe and you would never know she’s been there. And again, I don’t have to worry about splinters from Ipe decking in the pads of her feet. In the summer we have almost all of our meals on our Ipe deck and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Having an Ipe deck as an outdoor extension of our home has made it so much more fun to entertain our family and friends. We have doubled the amount of parties we host out on the deck in the summertime.
I love the no maintenance aspect of my Ipe deck as it adds more time to relax and enjoy friends and family rather than being busy power washing and re-staining. We look forward to many more years of maintenance free outdoor living on our Ipe deck.
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Cumaru decking is a high density exotic hardwood decking material that is very similar in appearance and physical properties to Ipe wood decking. Ipe decking and Cumaru decking each have beautiful grain variations and rich brown coloration. Both Cumaru decking and Ipe high density hardwood decking materials are off the charts in terms of hardness, density, durability and bending strength. Ipe and Cumaru both come mainly from Northern Brazil which is one of the best climates for growing trees that are harvested into high quality decking materials. There are no North American wood species that come close to Ipe decking and Cumaru decking from a strength and hardness standpoint.
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Cumaru decking varies in color from yellowish brown to reddish brown often within the same piece of decking material.The coarser graining and striping of Cumaru decking explain why Cumaru has been nicknamed "Brazilian Teak". Ipe decking varies in coloration from lighter browns to darker olive brown and chocolaty browns. The finer graining and color of Ipe decking are why Ipe is sometimes referred to as "Brazilian Walnut". Each species (Ipe and Cumaru) shows the rich exotic graining found in tropical hardwood decking species.
Other than the color differences and graining variation Ipe decking and Cumaru decking are remarkably similar. Ipe decking and Cumaru decking each have a Class A fire rating making either decking species a safer option for a deck with a firepit or fireplace. The incredible hardness of Ipe decking and Cumaru decking make either decking material a great option for a scratch resistant deck where pets or active children are frolicking. The high durability of either Ipe decking and Cumaru decking ensure that your high density hardwood deck will last and last for years and years.
From a price standpoint, Cumaru has a lower initial cost than Ipe decking. If you are concerned about the long term overall return on your decking investment, either Cumaru decking or Ipe decking each are considered the lowest cost of all decking material options in "life cycle cost" comparisons.
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Ipe decking is an astounding decking material. Ipe is a high density hardwood decking material that grows naturally throughout most of Central and South America. No other decking material is as strong or as long lasting as Ipe decking...and that includes plastic decking, composite decking and any other wood decking materials. Ipe wood decking is so strong it has been used for famous walkways like the Coney Island Boardwalk and the Atlantic City boardwalk.
And how about natural Ipe decking beauty! The rich chocolaty brown colors and exotic graining of Ipe decking are part of Ipe's charm. If you want to enhance the beautiful natural colors of Ipe decking you can apply a coat of Penofin Penetrating Oil Finish or similar sealer. An oil finish makes the Ipe decking colors "pop". If you would like to keep your Ipe decking looking like its original color, a fresh coat of oil finish can be applied as needed.
If you prefer the natural weathered look of Ipe decking, simply allow your Ipe deck to age gracefully to a silvery patina. This low maintenance Ipe decking option is also very popular. No matter which choice you make, you can rest assured that is a long lasting, extremely stable wood species that will porovide you with years of enjoyment and relaxation.
If you are considering building a new deck or would like to replace the decking boards of your old deck, it is well worth your time to take a good look at Ipe high density hardwood decking before you decide.
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Many design professionals have asked us to assist with detail drawings of the Climate-Shield Rain Screen Wood Siding System. We listened and have created an entire suite of architectural details for the design community using the Climate-Shield Rain Screen Wood Siding System. If you are considering a wood rain screen cladding system for your home or building design, these architectural drawings and details should be very helpful for you.
To help provide a better understanding of how this innovative rain screen cladding system works, we have drawn some rainscreen cladding designs to help serve as a wood rain screen system overview. The following rainscreen wood siding architectural details are available in PDF format:
- Horizontal 1x6 rain screen wood siding with the new starter rail system
- Horizontal 1x6 rain screen wood siding with the rainscreen clips
- Horizontal 1x4 rain screen wood siding with the new starter rail system
- Horizontal 1x4 rain screen wood siding with the rainscreen clips
The assist you with your rainscreen system architectural drawings the following rainscreen cladding details have been developed in CAD file format:
- Climate-Shield Rainscreen Aluminum Outside Corner System assembly
- Climate-Shield Rainscreen Aluminum Outside Corner components detail
- Climate-Shield Rainscreen Inside Corner assembly
- Climate-Shield Rainscreen wall assembly using 1x4 rainscreen cladding
- Climate-Shield Rainscreen wall assembly using 1x6 rainscreen cladding
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