Merbau timber is a versatile decking material used to turn an empty room into a beautiful space.
Sometimes referred to as Kwilla, Merbau timber is naturally resistant to termites, weathering, and bushfires Bal 29. This makes it perfect for homes located in fire-prone areas. In this article, we covered the factors you need to know if you’re considering a Merbau decking.
Decking has become a popular task among house owners in recent years. Decking can quickly turn an unused space in a home into an expansive area where people can relax over a cup of coffee, a BBQ, or most likely a few beers and a Chardy….
In Australia, homeowners looking to undertake the task of building a deck often turn to Merbau hardwood. Merbau timber comes in all colours, shapes, and sizes, allowing homeowners to choose what best reflects their personality and style.
The reason for variation in colour is the drying process. The Merbau can be deep red, this is caused by cheap drying (too short a time). This results in a cheap sell price. However, this creates a big problem. As it dries and shrinks it causes movement and twisting. The deep red colour is the Tannis / moisture in the boards. Which causes the deep blood red / brown colour over time.
Deck-Max cut and straighten the boards and hold in the kiln for enough time to ensure the correct moisture content to the core (middle of the board which takes so much longer to dry).
This does increase the manufacturing cost and sell price but the material will be much lighter in colour and the moisture content as the ambient Australian standard is 15 to 16%.
This board will be extremely stable with minimal movement and a colour that is so beautiful rather than the deep red unstable variant that most timber companies will sell you.
Tannins from Merbau is an issue especially on decks butting into swimming pools or anywhere near stone or porous tile. This cheap merbau with high tannins content will bleed tannins colour and stain all surfaces near it. This includes elevated decks that cause the tannins to run down the walls and create very hard to remove stains.
Merbau, sometimes referred to as Kwilla, is grown locally in the northern part of Australia, but it can also be seen in New Guinea and Indonesia. This hardwood is known for being one of the most versatile and durable decking options, making it perfect for outdoor areas in countries with harsh weather changes.
If you did not use the Deck-Max hidden fasteners in the Merbau you will not be able to sand. You cannot sand a deck that has nails or screws BUT you can with the Deck-max decking and hidden fasteners.