Friday, 18 December 2015
Cumaru Decking: The Best Wood for Your Deck
One of the best Brazilian hardwoods for decking, cumaru is an increasingly popular and in demand material for different types of home improvement projects. This natural wood is known for its hardness and durability, offering a lifespan of more than two decades. Naturally biodegradable, cumaru is definitely a better material choice than composites that many modern decking use.
Cumaru trees are a native of the South American rainforest. Throughout their existence, these hardwoods have naturally developed a strong resistance to rot and decay as well as to insect infestation even well after they have been cut down. The resulting material is an organic hardwood that can be relied on for at least 25 years (free of preservatives). Cumaru is a highly renewable resource, growing at a faster rate than other Brazilian hardwoods, including the popular yet expensive Ipe wood. Because of this, many advocate for its use in construction applications.
Cumaru is an excellent material for decking, fencing, and even for use as seating. Its natural grain is one of the most noticeable and regarded features of this particular hardwood. Itsrings and streaks can be further highlighted with all kinds of stains, giving the wood an even more elegant glow. Cumaru ranges from a medium tan hue to a deep reddish brown shade. These natural color variations serve well to complement the wood's natural charm, making it an even more popular choice for outdoor decking and indoor flooring applications.
Cumaru places high in the Janka hardness scale (3540 lbf)—a significantly higher number than most other hardwoods like oak and hard maple. This hardness also makes the wood highly resistant to scratching. The natural habitat of cumaru trees exposes the wood to all kinds of extreme weather conditions as well as swarms of pests, making the wood naturally resistant to these elements even without much preservation.