Cumaru is Brazilian Teak decking, another exotic hardwood that is naturally resistant to rot, decay and insect attack. It offers a 25+ year lifespan without preservatives! Cumaru Decking is comparable to Ipe, but not as expensive, it is the second hardest decking we sell. Many of the mansions and hotels in Brazil are made from this beautiful wood. “Think of it as Ipe’s little brother” says Ray of Decks R Us.. “Everything you can say about Ipe you can say about Cumaru. It’s a little cheaper and a little less dense, more soft.” The color is a little lighter when compared to Ipe.
Cumaru Decking Maintenance:
Cumaru decking will last for many years without being treated, however we recommend you treat it every year for the first 5 years and then about every 2-4 years after that. This will keep your deck looking great, and maximize the life span of the decking. For treating the deck we recommend Cabot Australian Timber Oil. Cabot is available in several colors as well as a clear finish.
Once a Cumaru deck is treated the maintenance is very similar to the PVC decking, the oil finish will repel all liquids and keep spills from absorbing into the wood, and make it easy to clean as well.
Prior to treatment or if you decided not to treat your Cumaru deck, it will need to be power washed occasionally and may require some sanding to keep it clean and smooth.