Information about Merbau wooden floors
Merbau is one of the rare hardwood flooring options when compared to other types of options like maple and oak. Generally, Merbau wooden floors are used and preferred by those who want their home to stand out from the rest. It is considered an exotic wood and can be a great addition to any room and space. The best thing about Merbau wood floors is that they are durable, beautiful and affordable, adding character to any room as soon as they are placed in it. The wood has a very rich, dark honey color that makes it a very popular choice for homeowners.
Once installed, Merbau wood warms 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-Malaysian region and in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and many Pacific islands. When the wood is cut fresh, the heart of the wood is orange to yellowish brown. However, when the wood darkens, it turns a reddish-brown or brown color. The grain of the wood varies from wavy or interlocking to straight. The unique feature of Merbau wood is that the surface of the wood is mottled yellow and when finished it appears as if it is mottled with gold. Merbau is robust and as hard as teak. It has a lower density than walnut and has high 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% harder than Hard Maple and is therefore considered one of the most durable woods. Merbau also has a good gripping ability and even if it develops scratches or any type of wear damage over time, it can be easily restored by sanding. However, great care must be taken with Merbau wood flooring as it can stain when in contact with ferrous metals, iron or moisture.
Merbau is used not only on hardwood floors, but can also be seen on musical instruments, cabinets, decorative woodwork, paneling, millwork, and all types 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 you can ensure that your Merbau hardwood floors stay looking like new for years to come. Over the years, floors take on their own character and continue to evolve over time, looking more beautiful than ever.