Muiracatiara is a little-known exotic wood species that is used for outdoor applications, particularly for decking. In this article, we will tell you about the specific characteristics of this wood species, particularly in terms of its aesthetic appearance. Then we will give you advice on how to maintain a muiracatiara deck.
WHAT IS MUIRACATIARA ?
Muiracatiara is an exotic wood species that is still little known to the general public. It is found in South America, with Brazil as its main supplier. Other exotic woods such as ipe or cumaru are better known.
Muiracatiara is used for outdoor applications (wooden decking). It is very stable and does not shrink over the years, which makes it perfectly suited for use on the ground. It does not splinter and is therefore very suitable for swimming pool surrounds.
THE AESTHETIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MUIRACATIARA
Exotic muiracatiara wood is also called tiger wood because of its appearance. It is reddish-brown in colour and has irregularly spaced black veins. This makes it a very popular wood. If you choose this wood, you will be able to create beautiful contrasts on your terrace thanks to its tiger-like appearance.
SHOULD A MUIRACATIARA TERRACE BE TREATED ?
MUIRACATIARA AN EXOTIC WOOD SPECIES NATURALLY RESISTANT TO AGGRESSION
Muiracatiara is an exotic wood. Like all exotic woods, it is naturally resistant to fungi, insects and moisture. It is class 4 and can be in contact with fresh water. There is therefore no need to maintain a muiracatiara deck to preserve its technical properties (strength, durability, etc.)..
Like all wood, muiracatiara will turn grey over time under the effect of the sun's UV rays. If you don't mind this grey appearance, you can keep your deck as is. If the wood turns grey, the tiger-like appearance that makes this wood so original is still preserved. However, if you do not like grey muiracatiara decking, we advise you to protect your decking from the UV rays that cause the wood to turn grey and dull.
Within our range, we recommend the Exotic Wood Saturator SBE600. For a wood like muiracatiara, the teak and ipe colours are very suitable.
OUR TIPS FOR RENOVATING A MUIRACATIARA TERRACE
The saturator is applied to non-greyed and non-blackened wood. If you have never applied protection to your muiracatiara decking, it may have turned grey or even blackened if it has been exposed to UV radiation for too long. In order to apply the saturator, you will have to remove the greying or blackening of the muiracatiara.
In case of greying of the wood, we advise you to apply a degreaser like Degreaser DG105 before the saturator.
In the case of blackening of the wood, we recommend that you thoroughly clean the wood with a cleaner such as Wood Cleaner N100 or the Concentrated Wood Cleaner N140 which should be diluted before use. After cleaning, the wood should become lighter and closer to its original colour. If the wood is still grey, the Degreaser DG105 will complete the renovation process and give the wood an even better appearance. Degreasing is optional and will depend on the condition of your wood after cleaning.
Please send us a photo of your wood in our so that we can tell you which treatment is right for you.
Maintenance of a muiracatiara deck is done every year or two by simply applying a new coat of saturator.