Lustrous golden brown appearance combined with excellent performance characteristics
Silva’s Garapa decking offers excellent durability, good dimensional stability, and a beautiful golden brown appearance. This tropical hardwood is hard, heavy, tough and strong, making it an excellent choice for timber decks in both residential and commercial settings.
Garapa is a lustrous wood with a fine uniform texture. The grain is straight to interlocked (roey) and occasionally slightly interlocked. Garapa is fairly consistent in appearance with golden brown being the predominant colour tone.
Silva’s Garapa decking has a surface that is almost entirely free of knots and other natural defects. The growing region from which Silva’s Garapa is harvested produces large trees with substantial boles that yield a high volume of exceptional quality clear grade (knot free) timber. This means that Silva’s Garapa decking is of the highest standard available and well suited to high end decking projects that require a clean contemporary appearance.
Strength and Durability
According to TRADA (Timber Research and Development Association) Garapa is a ‘hard, heavy, tough and strong timber’. This wood species is naturally resistant to decay and has been awarded a Class 2 durability rating according to BS EN 350-2 (Class 1 is the most durable and Class 5 the least durable).
Density and Hardness
At a moisture content of 18% Garapa has a density of approximately 875kg/m3. The high density of this wood species makes it resistant to damage from impact and abrasion. It is therefore well suited for decks in high traffic areas such as hotels, restaurants and any outdoor public spaces.
Garapa’s dense cell structure contributes to its natural ability to resist attack from insects, decay, and moulds. Garapa has a Janka hardness rating of 1700.
Garapa is described by TRADA as a ‘moderately stable’ wood species. Silva’s Garapa decking is kiln dried to a moisture content of 16 – 18% to optimise dimensional stability.
By properly kiln drying at source in state-of-the art European kilns our supplier can ensure that the raw material will dry uniformly to the desired moisture content. In addition to enhancing its dimensional stability, the controlled removal of moisture also enables the material to be machined to a superior and consistent finish, ensuring that the product is well presented when it arrives on site.
Storage and Handling
For best results store your Garapa decking out of direct sunlight and do not expose it to weather before installation. Keep the boards off the ground by stacking them flat on battens; this allows air to circulate around the stack. Cover your deck boards with a waterproof breathable sheet to protect them from sun and rain.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Your Garapa decking will benefit from regular cleaning. Brush the deck with a stiff broom to remove dirt and dead leaves, and ensure that the gaps between the boards are clear of organic debris. Clean the deck periodically with Multi Wash by Sansin to remove grime and mildew. Garapa decking can be pressure washed, but it is important to select a low setting to prevent the wood fibres on the surface from being damaged.
If your deck is weathered it is possible to restore the natural colour with Wood Cleaner by Sansin®. This product will remove weathering, mould, algae, mildew and iron stains and prepares the surface for recoating.
If an existing finish or stain has broken down it can be removed using Paint and Stain Remover by Sansin®. This product will remove most failed oil-based or latex finishes, extreme weathering, water stains, mould and mildew and restore wood to its natural colour.
Garapa decking can be easily crosscut with good quality chop saw using a carbide-tipped blade. Ripping can be done on a standard table saw, using a good quality, well-aligned fence and a carbide-tipped blade. When drilling, always use the highest quality drill bits available. If screwing through the face, use a countersink bit with a positive stop to ensure that all the screw heads end up at a consistent depth. Screws can be lubricated to make installation easier.
Routing or planing can be done with either high speed steel or carbide cutters. The feed speed should be fairly slow. For best results we recommend that the boards are sanded prior to finishing.
A dust mask and eye protection should always be worn when working with any wood. Avoid the inhalation of wood dust. We recommend a dust mask with an activated carbon filter. Some people may have an allergic reaction to hardwood dust. Remove wood splinters immediately to prevent infection.
To ensure its quality, Garapa decking from Silva is carefully manufactured, graded and inspected at source. It is inspected again during the order picking process prior to despatch. However, Garapa decking is a natural wood product and is subject to variations in weight, density, colour, grain and performance. Garapa decking is subject to dimensional changes as the moisture content in the wood fluctuates with humidity in the air. Swelling, shrinkage, checking, and other movement of individual pieces are normal occurrences in wood decking.