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Question: What Are Ipe, Batu (Mahogany), Cumaru, Tigerwood Or Garapa Hardwoods?

Answer: Ipe is the hardest of the Brazilian hardwoods and most popular for its durability. Ipe is the best exterior decking material on the market. It is also termite resistant and requires very little maintenance. Batu is a rare, beautiful Indonesian hardwood and is the most economical of the Asian hardwoods. Batu has a classic look, similar to Mahogany, but does not require the costly upkeep. It is resistant to rot and decay, is strong and dense and has a nice, even texture. Batu has a lifespan of 30+ years. Cumaru is a Brazilian hardwood that is one of the hardest Brazilian hardwoods available, 3 times harder than Oak. When it comes to exterior decking, Cumaru is more economical than Ipe hardwood decking, while still maintaining quality. It is a hardwood that is well suited for commercial developments and high traffic decks. Tigerwood is a very unique Brazilian hardwood that is known for its exotic reddish-brown color and tiger-like stripes. It is similarly priced to Cumaru. Tigerwood is minimal maintenance, doesn't require chemical treatments and is naturally resistant to rot and decay. Garapa, a Brazilian wood, has light yellow hues, is naturally durable and scratch resistant. It is comparable to Ipe for its durability and value, yet it can be susceptible to termites and other insect attacks.

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