Decking & Outdoor Living Hardwood

Decking & Outdoor Living Hardwood

Dakota offers hardwood decking and outdoor living lumber. Choose from Ipe, Garapa, Tigerwood or Cumaru, to add long-lasting, durable beauty to any project. Select the milling profile, grade and dimensions that get the job done with precision!

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Ipe Hardwood Decking Lumber

Color/Appearance

Heartwood can vary in color from reddish brown, to a more yellowish olive brown or darker blackish brown; sometimes with contrasting darker brown/black stripes. In certain species, there are powdery yellow deposits within the wood. Ipe can be difficult to distinguish visually from Cumaru, another dense South American timber, though Ipe tends to be darker, and lacks the subtle yet characteristic vanilla/cinnamon scent while being worked.

Grain/Texture

Has a fine to medium texture, with the grain varying from straight to irregular or interlocked. Moderate natural luster.

Rot Resistance

Rated as very durable; excellent insect resistance, though some species are susceptible to marine borers. Superb weathering characteristics.

Workability

Overall, Ipe can be a difficult wood to work, being extremely hard and dense, with high cutting resistance during sawing. Ipe also has a pronounced blunting effect on cutting edges. The wood generally planes smoothly, but the grain can tear out on interlocked areas. Also, Ipe can be difficult to glue properly, and surface preparation prior to gluing is recommended. Straight-grained wood turns well, though the natural powdery yellow deposits can sometimes interfere with polishing or finishing the wood.

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Garapa Hardwood Decking Lumber

Color/Appearance

Garapa has a golden to yellowish brown color, which darkens with age. The wood is fairly chatoyant, and appears to shift from dark to light coloring in different lighting angles.

Grain/Texture

Grain is usually straight, but can also be interlocked. Uniform medium texture with a moderate amount of natural luster.

Rot Resistance

Rated as durable, though vulnerable to termites and other wood boring insect attacks.

Workability

Garapa is fairly easy to work, despite its density. It glues and finishes well, and is about average for dimensional stability.

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Tigerwood Hardwood Decking Lumber

Color/Appearance

Heartwood is typically a medium reddish brown with irregularly spaced streaks of dark brown to black, giving it the look of tiger stripes. The color darkens with age if not properly sealed.

Grain/Texture

Grain can be straight, but is usually wavy or interlocked. Fine, uniform texture with good natural luster.

Rot Resistance

Tigerwood has excellent weathering properties, and is rated as very durable regarding decay resistance.

Workability

Tigerwood (Goncalo Alves) is generally not too difficult to work, despite its high density. Figured pieces with irregular grain can pose a challenge in planing and machining operations. Goncalo Alves can also have a moderate blunting effect on cutters. The wood is very resistant to moisture absorption, which can make it difficult to glue. Goncalo Alves turns and finishes well.

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Cumaru Hardwood Decking Lumber

Color/Appearance

Heartwood tends to be a medium to dark brown, sometimes with a reddish or purplish hue; some pieces may have streaks of yellowish or greenish brown.

Grain/Texture

Grain is interlocked, with a medium texture and a waxy feel.

Rot Resistance

Cumaru has excellent durability and weathering properties. The wood is rated as very durable regarding decay resistance, though it may be susceptible to some insect attacks.

Workability

Cumaru tends to be difficult to work on account of its density and interlocked grain. If the grain is not too interlocked, Cumaru can be surface-planed to a smooth finish. However, the wood contains silica and will have a moderate blunting effect on tool cutters. Due to its high oil content and density, Cumaru can present difficulties in gluing, and pre-boring is necessary when screwing or nailing the wood.

Product Literature

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Dakota Hardwood Decking Catalog