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Massaranduba vs. Redwood: What Is the Best Choice for Your Deck?

When it comes to choosing Massaranduba or Redwood, your choice should be simple! Here’s why.
When it comes to choosing Massaranduba or Redwood, your choice should be simple! Here’s why.

If you are interested in California Redwood for your deck building project, then I bet that you think it has a striking red color. Well, the truth with Redwood is that this softwood actually requires staining if you want that color. With Massaranduba, you will get a natural red to reddish brown hue.

You can also preserve this color by annually applying deck oil. The finishing process is different with Massaranduba because no stripping and sanding is required. With a deck made from this sustainably harvest Brazilian redwood, all you need is a couple of hours and you’re done.

If you’ve done your homework, then you will know that higher cost grades of Redwood are more durable than most. This is good news but did you know that it is quick to weather and split? You will have to constantly maintain it.

By choosing Massaranduba, your deck will have an average lifespan of over 25 years! This hard and heavy wood is extremely resistant to both decay and termites, which means that you can relax knowing that continuous maintenance is not in your future.

Watch this video to get more information when comparing Redwood to Massaranduba:

Now for Redwood’s third strike, Massaranduba is over seven times harder and two times stronger than Redwood! If you ask me, there is no question what decking material you should go with! Click here to order your Massaranduba decking today!

Massaranduba vs. Redwood Decking

You might have noticed that we’ve recently added Massaranduba decking to our exotic hardwood lineup.

I hear what you’re saying, “Massar-what? Why should I bother building a deck with this wood?”

If you were considering Redwood, Cedar, a red colored composite for your outdoor deck, then the answer is a resounding “Yes.” Sure, Massaranduba might be hard to pronounce but it’s also a very tough wood, period. (By the way, it’s pronounced Ma-Sa-Ran-Doo-bah). Just take a look at the specs and you’ll see why this decking line is also famously known as Bulletwood and Brazilian Redwood.

But, wait…isn’t Redwood one of the hardest woods? What makes Massaranduba any better?

A common misconception about domestic redwood is that it’s a hard wood. Nothing could be further from the truth. While the petrified redwood trees are famous for being as hard as rocks, a real redwood tree grown for lumber and decking purposes is one of the softest woods available. For instance, when conducting an apples-to-apples comparison between Redwood and Massaranduba, the differences are striking:

  • Redwood is 7.5 times softer than Massaranduba (Redwood Janka Hardness = 420 vs. Massaranduba Janka Hardness = 3,190)
  • Redwood is over 2 times weaker than Massaranduba (Redwood Bending Strength = 10,000psi vs. Massaranduba Bending Strength of 27,280psi)

Here is some further explanation into the differences between Massaranduba and Redwood. Continue reading