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Angelim Vermelho hardwood
Angelim Vermelho, the best hardwood for your garden!
Angelim Vermelho is a tropical hardwood from Brazil and relatively unknown. However, it is the best choice for heavy constructions in the garden or on the beach, such as for pergolas, fence posts, sheeting, underbeams for your terrace, roofs or anything else you can think of!
Angelim Vermelho is extremely resistant to (salt) water and has an extremely long lifespan.
The biggest advantage of Angelim Vermelho is that it hardly deforms, to which a similar wood species such as Azobé is sensitive. That is why we have been using Angelim Vermelho for all our pergolas for years, to the great satisfaction of our customers and ourselves. Even a long bar of 500cm will remain straight and beautiful over the years.
The only disadvantage to Angelim Vermelho is that it smells a bit when it is still wet, personally the smell doesn't bother me that much, but there are people who find it annoying. This odor will disappear over time. Furthermore, the wood can stain when it is wet, so do not use it for benches for example.
Angelim Vermelho is THE reference in road and hydraulic engineering, simply because of its high quality and durability. Despite the high hardness, Angelim Vermelho is easy to work with, easier than Azobé in my opinion. You'll need good tools for sure and you need to pre-drill holes for screws or nails. Remove the sawdust from your drill every 1 to 2 centimeters, otherwise the drill will snap. Many beginners (and we ourselves sometimes too) underestimate the hardness so take your time during sawing and drilling.
Angelim Vermelho is also excellent as a fence post! You can simply pour the post directly into concrete or bury the fence posts. When pouring into concrete, leave a hole at the bottom so that rainwater can drain away. Azobé posts sometimes snap in an acidic soil, Angelim Vermelho is not sensible to this.
Angelim Vermelho does not need to be treated, it withstands the test of time with ease. If you still want to paint it, use a high quality paint, because of the hardness cheap "rubbish" will peel off quickly!
In short, like many professionals, we fully rely on Angelim Vermelho, it may be slightly more expensive, but you have real wood that can take a beating and simply remains beautiful and straight.