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Tropical Hardwoods in
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We Have The 3 Best
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Modesto can experience the unbeatable strength and allure of Ipe (Brazilian Walnut), Cumaru (Brazilian Teak), and Garapa (Brazilian Ash), the premium hardwoods that redefine quality and durability. Blessed with nature’s best attributes, these tropical species are the epitome of sophistication, lending their unmatched hardness, stunning aesthetics, and resistance to decay and insects. Embrace the timeless appeal of Ipe with its rich, dark hues, enjoy the radiant warmth of Cumaru’s golden-brown tones, or step into the sunny yellows of Garapa — each providing a unique touch of elegance to your outdoor projects.

With their outstanding longevity, these hardwoods are not just a choice but a lifetime investment, especially for exterior applications. Their amazing resilience against harsh weather conditions and high-density characteristics make them the go-to solution for decking, cladding, fencing, and exterior furniture. From the Amazonian tropics to your backyard, choose Ipe, Cumaru, or Garapa and let your exterior projects tell a tale of unmatched quality and enduring beauty.

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Ipe Lumber Technical Information

Ipe Lumber (pronounced ee-pay) is one of the densest hardwoods available for outdoor construction. It is very dense (in fact, it sinks in water) and is mildew and decay-resistant.

It’s denseness and natural oils make it virtually impenetrable to insects (so insect deterioration is not an issue). Ipe does not scratch or splinter easily, does not become hot in the sun, and has a high friction coefficient, making it perfect for outdoor and seaside construction.

Ipe Decking: 1×4, 1×3 1×6, 1×8, 1×12, 2×12, 2×2, 2×4, 2×6, 2×8, 4×4, 5/4×6, 5/4×8, 6×6, 1×3, 3×8, 4×8, 3×12 and 4×12
Species: Handroanthus spp
Other Names: Brazilian Walnut, Lapacho, Iron Wood, Amapa, Cortez, Guayacan polvillo, Flor Amarillo, Greenheart, Madera negra, Tahuari, Lapacho negro, Pau D arco, Canaguate, Polvillo, Hakia, Tahuari Negro, Groenhart, Acapro Puy, Yellow poui.
Ipe Origin: Central and South America (Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela).
Appearance: The color of Ipe is similar to a walnut, with dark tones that have olive brown to reddish undertones. If left untreated, it will
gradually turn into a beautiful natural silver patina.
Tree Size: 100-130 ft (30-40 m) tall, 2-4 ft (.6-1.2 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 69 lbs/ft3 (1,100 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity: (Basic, 12% MC): .91, 1.10
Janka Hardness: 3,510 lbf (15,620 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 25,660 lbf/in2 (177.0 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 3,200,000 lbf/in2 (22.07 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 13,600 lbf/in2 (93.8 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 5.9%, Tangential: 7.2%, Volumetric: 12.4%, T/R Ratio: 1.2
Drying: Ipe can be air-dried or kiln-dried. Air-dried Ipe has a moisture content of around 18%, whereas kiln-dried Ipe has a moisture
content of about 10-13%. Either air-dried or kiln-dried Ipe resists heat, rain, wind, and temperature swings.
Workability: Due to its high density and strength, Ipe can be difficult to work with if one does not pre-drill it. This tropical hardwood
should be screwed together and not glued or nailed.
Maintenance: Ipe Lumber does not scratch or splinter easily, which means that it will maintain the structure’s integrity for over 25
years. However, to preserve the original color of Ipe, it will have to be oiled at least once per year, depending on the climate and sun
exposure. If Ipe is not sanded or oiled, it will turn gray, often referred to as a silver patina.
Preservation: Ipe Lumber does not require special treatment, as it will last for over 40 years without maintenance. However, the
hardwood naturally weathers to a beautiful silver-gray patina. A deck oil with UV inhibitors or sealers is an excellent option to maintain
this rich tone.
Sustainable: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) does not list Ipe in its
appendices.The Forest Legality Initiative states that Ipe can be exported and traded internationally. The International Union for
Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN) does not list Ipe as an endangered species. Brazilian Lumber, LLC meets
high standards for social, economic, and environmental responsibility. We monitor and document the chain of custody of all our
hardwoods. We are Lacy Act compliant, IBAMA certified, and provide -certified options. This means that purchasing from us fuels the
hardwood lumber economy in South American forests while providing well-paying jobs for many people. In turn, the industry values
its conservation and preservation.



Ipe Lumber Best Features

  Strong and Durable
⚈  Low Maintenance
⚈  Natural Look
⚈  Long Life Span
⚈  Sustainably Sourced


Please call us for the latest prices. We would be glad to confirm your order and make payment arrangements. Orders can be shipped directly to your home or job site. Please phone or email if you have freight questions. Call for pricing and availability (877) 892-4655

Cumaru Lumber Technical Information

Cumaru Lumber (pronounced Ku-mah-rue) also known as Brazilian Teak is one of the densest hardwoods available for outdoor construction, second only to Ipe.  It is very dense, which is why it is ideal for exterior use, as it is mildew and decay-resistant.  It is often used for decking, flooring, railroad ties, as well as other purposes. Cumaru does not scratch or splinter easily, does not become hot in the sun, and has a high friction coefficient, making it perfect for outdoor and seaside construction.

Species: Dipteryx odorata
Other Names: Almendrillo, Amburana, Brazilian Teak, Cumaru Rosa, Imburana de Cheiro, Tonka, Tonka Bean, Tonquin Bean cumaru decking for building, kumaru, Gaiac de Cayenne, Amendrillo, ebo, Shihuahuaco Amarillo, Charapilla, Sarrapia.
Cumaru Origin: Central and South America (Brazil, Colombia,Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela).
Appearance: Cumaru hardwood is a deep reddish brown color with a tight, even grain. Over time, the red cumaru color will slightly fade to a light brown. The species has an irregular, slightly interlocked grain and is coarse and wavy in texture.
Tree Size: 130-160 ft (40-50 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter.
Average Dried Weight: 68 lbs/ft3 (1,085 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity: (Basic, 12% MC): .86, 1.09
Janka Hardness: 3,330 lbf (14,800 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 25,390 lbf/in2 (175.1 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 3,237,000 lbf/in2 (22.33 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 13,850 lbf/in2 (95.5 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 5.3%, Tangential: 7.7%, Volumetric: 12.6%, T/R Ratio: 1.5
Drying: Cumaru lumber is very unstable when used in dry climates, and it is prone to shrinkage. It is naturally seasoned and kiln-dried to prevent shrinkage.
Workability: Cumaru decking is difficult to saw and bore and has a high blunting effect on tools. Cumaru cannot be glued because of its high density and oily nature.  Instead, it should be nailed, and screws should be used well after pre-boring the boards. The dust arising from working Cumaru wood flooring has been known to cause a slight allergic reaction in contact with the skin for some people, and as such, some care should be taken in installing and preparing this product.
Preservation: Cumaru hardwood naturally weathers to a beautiful silver-gray patina. To maintain this rich tone, a deck oil with UV inhibitors or sealers are a good option.
Sustainable: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) does not list Cumaru in its appendices. The Forest Legality Initiative also states that Cumaru can be exported and traded internationally. The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN) does not list cumaru as an endangered species.  Brazilian Lumber, LLC meets high standards for social, economic, and environmental responsibility.  We monitor and document the chain of custody of all our hardwood. We are Lacey Act compliant, IBAMA compliant, and provide certified options.  This means that purchasing from us fuels the hardwood lumber economy in South American forests and provides well-paying jobs for many people, which means the industry values its conservation and preservation.

Cumaru Lumber Best Features

  Strong and Durable
⚈  Low Maintenance
⚈  Natural Look
⚈  Long Life Span
⚈  Sustainably Sourced
⚈  Boosts your Property Value
⚈  Lower price-point than Ipe

Please call us for the latest prices. We would be glad to confirm your order and make payment arrangements. Orders can be shipped directly to your home or job site. Please phone or email if you have freight questions. Call for pricing and availability (877) 892-4655

Garapa Lumber Technical Information

This tropical hardwood is one of the best woods for decking. You can use Garapa lumber for nearly any sort of outdoor woodworking project due to its sturdiness and resistance to extreme weather conditions. In terms of workability, Garapa is quite bendy, no matter its excessive density. Also, this lumber is proof against water, decay, and mold. It is widely used for patios and lawn decking.

Species: Apuleia leiocarpa
Garapa Origin: Central and South America (Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela).
Appearance: Garapa has a golden-yellowish-brown color.
Tree Size: 65-100 ft (20-30 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter.
Average Dried Weight: 51 lbs/ft3 (820 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity: .65, .82
Janka Hardness: 1,650 lbf (7,350 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 18,530 lbf/in2 (127.8 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 2,257,000 lbf/in2 (15.57 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 9,030 lbf/in2 (62.3 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 4.2%, Tangential: 7.5%, Volumetric: 11.4%, T/R Ratio: 1.8
Preservation: Garapa lumber naturally weathers to a darker color. A deck oil with UV inhibitors or sealers is an excellent option to maintain this rich tone.

Sustainable:

We monitor and document the chain of custody of all our hardwood. We are Lacey Act compliant and IBAMA compliant and provide -certified options.

 

This means that purchasing from us fuels the hardwood lumber economy in South American forests while providing well-paying jobs for many people. This means that the industry values its conservation and preservation.

Garapa Lumber Best Features

  Strong and Durable
⚈  Low Maintenance
⚈  Natural Look
⚈  Long Life Span
⚈  Sustainably Sourced
⚈  Boosts your Property Value
⚈  Lower price-point than Ipe

Please call us for the latest prices. We would be glad to confirm your order and make payment arrangements. Orders can be shipped directly to your home or job site. Please phone or email if you have freight questions. Call for pricing and availability (877) 892-4655

Jatoba Lumber Technical Information

Jatoba Lumber is widely used for exterior carpentry thanks to its durability. Commonly referred to as Brazilian Cherry due to its similarity in color to domestic cherry, Jatoba is an incredibly strong wood. Aside from exterior use, Jatoba can also be installed as interior flooring, especially in high-foot traffic areas where a high coefficient of friction is desired.

Species: Hymenaea courbaril
Other Names: Jatoba, Brazilian Cherry, Jatobá
Jatoba Origin: Central America, southern Mexico, northern South America, and the West Indies.
Appearance: Jatoba’s coloring is on the lighter side of brown, with reddish tones.
Tree Size: 100-130 ft (30-40 m) tall, 2-4 ft (.6-1.2 m) trunk diameter.
Average Dried Weight: 57 lbs/ft3 (910 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity: (Basic, 12% MC): .77, .91
Janka Hardness: 2,690 lbf (11,950 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 22,510 lbf/in2 (155.2 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 2,745,000 lbf/in2 (18.93 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 11,780 lbf/in2 (81.2 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 4.2%, Tangential: 8.0%, Volumetric: 12.1%, T/R Ratio: 1.9
Workability: Jatoba lumber is a very dense hardwood, so tool blunting can be expected. The interlocking grain makes it difficult to plane Jatoba. However, it glues, stains, and turns well.
Maintenance: Like most hardwoods, Jatoba can be air-dried or kiln-dried.
Preservation: To maintain Jatoba’s coloring, it is important to apply a UV-blocking sealer if Jatoba is installed outdoors.

Sustainable: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) does not list Jatoba in its appendices. The Forest Legality Initiative also states that Jatoba can be exported and traded internationally.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN) does not list Jatoba as an endangered species. In fact, it is listed as the species of the least concern. Brazilian Lumber, LLC meets high standards for social, economic, and environmental responsibility.

We monitor and document the chain of custody of all our hardwood. We are Lacey Act compliant, IBAMA compliant, and provide -certified options. This means that purchasing from us fuels the hardwood lumber economy in South American forests while providing well-paying jobs for many people. This means that the industry values its conservation and preservation.

Jatoba Lumber Best Features

Durability
⚈  Rot & weather resistance
⚈  Stunning appearance
⚈  Uniqueness

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Tigerwood Lumber Technical Information

Unique and exotic! Tigerwood has a distinctive light golden-brown to reddish-brown coloring with exotic black and brown streaks, giving it a special appearance.

This amazing hardwood has a non-preservative lifespan of over 30 years, does not mold or mildew, and is sustainably harvested. Any project made of Tigerwood will feel like a true work of art.

Excited to make your outdoor decking spaces vibrant and durable? Then getting Tigerwood is the best choice for it! Just let us know what lengths you are looking for, and we will get your Tigerwood shipped directly to your job site.

Common Name(s): Goncalo alves, tigerwood, jobillo, muiracatiara
Scientific Name: Astronium spp. (primarily A. fraxinifolium and A. graveolens)
Appearance: Heartwood is typically a medium reddish brown with irregularly spaced streaks of dark brown to black. Color tends to darken with age. Some pieces may be completely uniform in color with no streaks or stripes.
Tree Size: 100-130 ft (30-40 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter.
Average Dried Weight: 57 lbs/ft3 (905 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity: (Basic, 12% MC): 0.8, 0.91
Janka Hardness: 2,170 lbf (9,640 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 16,970 lbf/in2 (117 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 2,401,000 lbf/in2 (16.56 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 10,770 lbf/in2 (74.2 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 4.2%, Tangential: 7.8%, Volumetric: 11.2%, T/R Ratio: 1.9.
Texture: Grain can be straight but is usually wavy or interlocked. Fine, uniform texture with a good natural luster.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices and is reported by the IUCN as being a species of the least concern.

Tigerwood Best Features

 Hardness
⚈  Insect, mold, mildew & water resistance
⚈  Easy to maintain and does not splinter or crack
⚈  Natural beauty
⚈  Fire resistance
⚈  Cost-effective

Please call us for the latest prices. We would be glad to confirm your order and make payment arrangements. Orders can be shipped directly to your home or job site. Please phone or email if you have freight questions.

Call for pricing and availability (877) 892-4655

Superior Composite Decking

in Modesto

Step into the future of outdoor spaces with composite decking, a revolutionary blend of technology, durability, and sustainability. Composites bring to the table an array of outstanding features, including resistance to rot, decay, and insects, minimal maintenance requirements, and a broad palette of colors and textures. This game-changing product embodies the perfect marriage of technology and recycled materials, making it eco-friendly and highly adaptable to your unique design needs.

With Brazilian Lumber’s composite decking, you are also covered by a strong warranty, ensuring your investment adds value and beauty to your outdoor spaces for many years. We are direct distributors of the best composite & PVC decking brands in the market: Azek FibroDeckoratorEnDeck PVC DeckingMoistureShieldNewTechWoodNorXTimberTech, Zuri.

Hardwood Maintenance Products For Modesto

Keep your hardwoods and composites in excellent condition with our fantastic maintenance products. They aren all end-grain sealers, as well as deck cleaners and deck brighteners. Our hardwood oils have UV filters and willnurturen your deck and protect it against the Malibu sun. Easy Oil, Ipe Oil, ProLuxe, Penofin.

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The Hardware We Got For Modesto

In the world of installation projects, hardware is the unsung hero. It’s not just nuts and bolts: it’s the foundation of your project’s longevity, safety, and showmanship. Invest in premium hardware: it’s not just a choice; it’s a necessity. Make your project stand up, shine bright and withstand the elements, all thanks to the proper hardware. DeckWise®CAMO®Simpson Strong-Tie®.

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Hardware Technical Glossary

Deck Screws:

Used for attaching the decking boards to the substructure. They are available in different lengths and materials, such as stainless steel or coated steel, and can beused for both hardwood and composite decks.

Hidden Deck Fasteners:

These special clips or brackets allow you to install decking boards without visible screws or nails. They are available in different types, such as biscuits, clips, or screws, and can be used for hardwood and composite decks.

Joist Hangers:

These metal brackets attach the deck joists to the ledger board or beam. They are available in different sizes and materials, such as galvanized steel or stainless
steel, and can be used for both hardwood and composite decks.

Ledger Board Fasteners:

These special screws or bolts attach the ledger board to the house or other structure. They are available in different materials and lengths and must be chosen based on the type of ledger board and the load requirements.

Post Anchors:

These metal brackets are used to attach the deck posts to the substructure. They are available in different sizes and materials, such as galvanized steel or stainless steel, and can be used for both hardwood and composite decks.

Structural Screws:

Used for attaching the substructure to the house or other structures. They are available in different lengths and materials, such as galvanized steel or stainless steel, and must be chosen based on the load requirements.

Post Caps:

These decorative accessories cover the top of the deck posts. They are available in different materials and styles, such as wood or metal, and can be used for hardwood and composite decks.

Rail Connectors:

These metal brackets are used to attach the deck railing to the posts or substructure. They are available in different sizes and materials, such as galvanized steel or stainless steel, and can be used for both hardwood and composite decks.

Fascia Screws:

These screws attach the fascia boards to the substructure. They are available in different colors and lengths and must be chosen based on the type of fascia board and the load requirements.

Decking Plugs:

These are special plugs used to cover the screw holes in the decking boards. They are available in different colors and materials and can be used for hardwood and composite decks.

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