Lee Roy Jordan Lumber is invested in providing only the highest quality materials for your outdoor projects, including tropic exotic hardwoods. When it comes to choosing a wood type for decking, there are less expensive options than exotic hardwood, but this is one instance where you certainly get what you pay for.
While LRJ is happy to supply several different types of lumber for various construction and building needs, we pride ourselves on offering several varieties of exotic hardwood due to its beauty and durability.
These wood types are renowned for their exquisite color, as well as their strength and their resistance to rot, weathering, and fire hazards.
Let’s take a look at 6 popular exotic hardwoods:
Although it’s classified as a grass, bamboo is considered hardwood lumber when used for flooring. The chutes are fused together in 6-foot boards, making it easy to work with, due to the short length.
Bamboo varies in appearance, based on how it is processed and stained. Not only is it moisture resistant, but it also has a Class A fire rating as a fire resistant wood type.
Ipe tends to resemble teak wood, with its golden or nutty brown hue. It comes in several different sizes of timber, making it a versatile building material. This is the only exotic hardwood that lasts up to 50 years, therefore it is suitable for roofs in addition to other outdoor projects.
Ipe has a Class A fire rating, and is known for its resistance against rot, decay, and weathering. While somewhat more expensive, you definitely get your money’s worth with this lumber.
Abaco rivals the beauty of mahogany with its deep reddish-brown hue. However, just like Garapa and others, regular staining with an oil-based sealant is necessary to maintain its appearance.
Abaco is resistant to weather, rotting, and scratches, making it a great choice for outdoor decking with heavy traffic. It has a Class A fire ranking, and grows in abundance in South America.
Cumaru is durable against both rot and invasive insects. It’s readily available, as it grows in abundance in South America. Cumaru is extremely dense, which makes it exceedingly sturdy, but also a bit harder to work with.
The coloring of the wood is reddish brown or tan, with a coarse texture. Some allow it to fade to grey, while others refinish it regularly to maintain the vibrant color. Either way, you should apply a sealant upon installation to ward against humidity.
This is a gorgeous golden wood, aptly named for its streaks of brown and black. One thing to note is that, because many people purchase this lumber for its looks, that means its longterm upkeep will be more expensive. In order to sustain the original coloring, rather than letting it go gray, you need to be prepared to re-stain it on a fairly regular basis.
Tigerwood is sturdy and rot resistant, although a bit less durable than Ipe. It is commonly used in decking and siding projects.
Garapa is similar to Ipe in appearance, but it is somewhat less expensive due to its abundance in the forests of South America. The fine graining of garapa makes it durable even though it’s less dense than some exotic hardwoods.
Garapa is easy to work with, and it fades to an attractive silvery gray. It’s commonly used in decking, siding, and constructing outdoor furniture.