What is Garapa?

Iron Woods® Garapa Decking, Garapa Gold™, is prized for its rich honey color mellowing to a natural golden brown teak like appearance. Garapa Gold™ looks and performs like genuine teak without the high cost. 100% Clear All Heart Premium Select Architectural Grade, Iron Woods® Garapa Decking is kiln dried and pre-stabilized to the same standards we apply to all our Iron Woods® decking products.

Iron Woods® Garapa Decking: The Garapa Gold™ standard.

Tybee Island, Georgia is a retreat on the Atlantic at the mouths of the Bull and Savannah rivers on the border of South Carolina. With three miles of public beach accessible to vacationers using 35 dune crossovers, what’s not to love? Well, the old pine crossovers, for one. Cracked and jacked, the mangled pine boards weren’t only eyesores, they were liabilities – as pine would float off its base during storm surges.

So, when engineers decided to replace the 35 beach dune crossovers on Tybee Island, they chose Garapa Gold™. Now, not only are the crossovers gorgeous and practical ways of getting tourists to the beach, they’re sturdy enough to stick around when an uninvited hurricane decides to pass on through town, too.

High quality…

Garapa decking is beautiful. Garapa Gold™ features a rich honey golden-brown color range that will be the highlight of any landscape. For long-lasting durability, Iron Woods™ only uses 100% Clear All-Heart Garapa, without any of the unsightly knots or sap wood streaks used by other suppliers. What you get with Iron Woods® Garapa Gold™ is gorgeous wood with attractive grain patterns, nothing less.

…without the high price.

Garapa Gold™ is the best lower-cost alternative to Iron Woods® Ipe Decking. A durable, scratch-resistant, and low-maintenance hardwood, Garapa is virtually indistinguishable from Ipe when left to weather to a natural silvery-gray patina. And unlike composite decking, Iron Woods® can always be restored to its original appearance, because the wood’s natural beauty runs through and through.

IRON WOODS® Garapa Gold™ Decking


Garapa Gold™ Decking is available as decking and lumber in 1″x4″, 1″x6″, 5/4″x4″, 5/4″x6″, 2″x2″, 2″x4″, 2″x6″ & 4″x4″.

Other Garapa Product Options:

Garapa Decking
Garapa Decking
Garapa Dock Decking
Garapa Decking

Residential Deck Installation & Maintenance

Garapa is a low-maintenance decking. It naturally weathers into light silvery gray tones – there’s no need to apply annual sealers. To enjoy its warm golden-brown hues, a simple application of an outdoor finish can be periodically applied to maintain its beauty. Consult our installation guide, available at your dealer, for more outdoor finishes and hints on working with Garapa.


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. Due to this, there may be lighter colored areas underneath banding. These will darken and blend in with the rest of the board after exposure.

We recommend carbide-tipped saw blades and high-quality drills for smooth cuts.



These spans are are designed for Garapa to allow for minimal deflection of the deck surface. For maximum spans and engineering data, you can contact us.

Load Size
Board Size 100psf
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.



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.



For screws, we recommend a high-quality, stainless steel trim head screw. Though coated or galvanized screws may also be used, they generally cause black staining and have a shorter service life. To install Iron Woods® Garapa, you must pre-drill a pilot hole and countersink to avoid splitting and then fasten with the stainless steel screws, which are available at Iron Woods® dealers.



Seal Iron Woods® Garapa 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 pigmented 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.

“First Coat” Iron Woods® may be available by special order. These orders come prefinished with “First Coat” for those customers desiring to take the guesswork out of their first application of wood sealant.



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How does Iron Woods® Garapa Decking compare to other lumber and decking products?

Garapa CCA-Treated Pine Composite Decking
Type Hardwood Softwood Plastic Wood
Maintenance Low High Low
Decay Resistance Medium-High Varies Varies
Termite Resistance Medium Varies Varies
Strength Medium-High Medium Low
Movement in Service Low High High
Fire Rating Class High Varies Low
Weight per cu. ft. 54lbs. 35lbs. 60 – 64lbs.
Bending Strength (in psi) 12,900 9,900 – 14,500 1,423 – 4,500
E-modulus 1,834,780 1,170,000 – 1,510,000 175,000 – 480,000
Shear Strength 1,475 1,370 561 – 1,010
Hardness 1,631 690 940 – 1,390

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