Cumaru wood is a beautiful hardwood that is found in the tropical environment and grows in the dense forests of Brazil. The wood is rated very high in terms of durability, workability, and quality. This hardwood is well-regarded for its natural resistance to insects, decay, and rot, which makes it suitable for use in several climates. Cumaru is often chosen for decking projects due to its ability to withstand harsh weather conditions and its attractive appearance. Additionally, it has a high Janka hardness rating of 3,330 lfbf, indicating its strength and durability. Certainly, you might have considered Cumaru for your deck, but have you ever thought about it for siding, a pergola, a ceiling, or even furniture? Here, we present you with other options for working with this incredible wood: 

  1. Decking: Cumaru is widely used for decking due to its resistance to decay, insects, and harsh weather conditions. Its durability makes it an excellent choice for creating long-lasting and visually appealing outdoor spaces.

  2. Flooring: Cumaru‘s hardness and resistance to wear make it suitable for high-traffic areas, such as flooring in homes and commercial spaces. It’s warm and rich color adds an elegant touch to interior designs.

  3. Furniture: The strength and stability of Cumaru make it an ideal choice for crafting high-quality and durable furniture pieces. Its natural luster and unique grain pattern contribute to the aesthetic appeal of furniture. For example, huge doors, special chairs and many other options.

  4. Exterior Construction:  Cumaru is often used in exterior construction projects, including siding, fences, and pergolas. Its natural resistance to decay and insects makes it a reliable choice for long-lasting structures




As we were saying, Cumaru hardwood offers several key benefits that make it a popular choice for different applications, especially in outdoor settings. So, If you are nor sure if choosing Cumaru for your deck is a good option, Here are some of the most important benefits for this wood that you should know!

  • 1. Durability: Cumaru is known for its exceptional hardness and durability. It has a making it resistant to wear, impact, and heavy traffic. This durability makes it well-suited for outdoor decking.

  • 2. Resistance to Decay and Insects: Cumaru is naturally resistant to decay, fungi, and insect attacks. This resistance makes it an excellent choice for outdoor applications, as it can withstand exposure to moisture and insects without the need for chemical treatments.
  • 3. Stability: Cumaru has good dimensional stability, meaning it is less prone to warping, twisting, or cupping. This stability is crucial for maintaining the structural integrity and appearance of decking or other outdoor structures.
  • 4. Attractive Appearance: Cumaru wood features a warm, rich color palette ranging from reddish-brown to golden-brown with dark streaks. Its natural luster and grain patterns contribute to an aesthetically pleasing appearance, adding beauty to outdoor spaces.
  • 5. Low Maintenance: Cumaru requires minimal maintenance to preserve its appearance and durability. While it can be left to weather naturally, applying a protective finish can enhance its longevity and retain its original color.
  • 6. Versatility: Cumaru is versatile and can be used for various applications, including decking, siding, ceiling, flooring, outdoor furniture, and even boat building. Its adaptability makes it a flexible choice for different projects.
  • 7. Long Lifespan: Due to its durability and resistance to decay, Cumaru has a long lifespan. Properly maintained Cumaru structures can last for decades, providing a reliable and long-term solution for outdoor projects.
  • 8. Environmentally Friendly: Our Platinum Woods Cumaru, is often sourced from responsibly managed forests, and its long lifespan contributes to sustainability. Choosing Cumaru from reputable sources helps support sustainable forestry practices.

Interior Cumaru Ceiling


While Cumaru and Ipe share some similarities, they also have distinct differences. Cumaru tends to have a warmer color palette with shades of brown, red, and purple, while Ipe tends to have a darker, more uniform brown color. Both woods are incredibly durable, but Cumaru is generally less expensive than Ipe, making it an attractive alternative for those seeking a budget-friendly tropical hardwood. At Brazilian Lumber, we carry our Platinum Woods Cumaru in all lengths and dimensions. 

When considering Cumaru for a project, it’s essential to consider these benefits against your specific needs and preferences to determine if this is the right hardwood for your application. This tropical hardwood is used by famous architects, designers, and even celebrities worldwide. This wood has also made its mark in public spaces. A case in point is New York’s Midtown, where Cumaru benches offer not just a place to sit but a work of art that withstands the rigors of time and heavy use. The features that make Cumaru a popular choice among celebrities make it ideal for public spaces as well. Its resistance to wear and tear and low maintenance requirements are particularly suited for high-traffic areas like public parks and squares. In Florida, where the weather can shift between sunny hot and persistently rainy all in one day, Cumaru has been gaining popularity for some time. As Cumaru can withstand extreme weather conditions without warping or bending, it is ideal for the Sunshine State’s fickle weather. Also, when used for ceilings, Cumaru requires very little maintenance if it’s not in the direct  path of sunlight, and thus not exposed to UV rays which “bleach” out the color of Cumaru unless protected by a hardwood oil or sealer. 

f you are on the way to start building, it is very likely that you have asked yourself: what wood should I choose?

With so many options on the market, you may feel dizzy.

Both for its elegance, durability, and beauty, here are three reasons why you should choose Cumaru over Ipe.

If you want to acquire Cumaru  for your next project. You can reach out to Brazilian Lumber and place your order. Any of our sales representatives will happily assist you.