Merbau is one of the few hardwood flooring options compared to other types of options like maple and oak. Generally, Merbau wood floors are used and preferred by those who want their homes to stand out from the rest. It is considered an exotic wood and can be a great addition to any room and space. The great thing about Merbau wood floors is that they are durable, beautiful and affordable and add character to any room as soon as they are installed in the room. The wood has a very rich, dark honey color, making it a very popular choice with homeowners.
Once installed, Merbau wood heats the space and the room. Some of the manufacturers also offer many other shades ranging from light to dark.
Appearance and properties of merbau wood
Merbau wood grows in the Indo-Malay region and in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and many Pacific islands. When the wood is cut fresh, the core of the wood is orange-brown to yellowish in color. However, when the wood darkens, it takes on a reddish-brown or brown color. The grain of the wood varies from wavy or interlocking to straight. The unique characteristic of Merbau wood is that the surface of the wood has a yellow grain and when finished it appears as if it is speckled with gold. Merbau is tough and as hard as teak. It has a lower density than walnut and has great stability. Another benefit of Merbau is that it is resistant to termites.
Durability and toughness
Merbau is known to be one of the most durable and hardest woods when it comes to flooring. It is on the Janka scale and is 5% harder than wenge wood, 18% than hard maple, and is therefore considered one of the most durable woods. Merbau also has good holding ability and even if it develops scratches or any kind of damage with use over time, it can be easily repainted with sanding. However, great care must be taken with Merbau hardwood floors as they can stain when it comes in contact with ferrous metals, iron, or moisture.
Merbau is used not only on wooden floors, but can also be seen used in musical instruments, cabinets, decorative wooden items, paneling, cabinetry, and all kinds of furniture. If you have any furniture made from Merbau in your home, then Merbau hardwood floors would go quite well with it. Merbau is suitable for homes with high traffic and children. Even if you have pets and children in your family, with just a little care and maintenance it is possible to ensure that your Merbau hardwood floors remain as good as new for years. Over the years, floors acquire their own character and continue to evolve over time, looking more beautiful than ever.