Merbau may be the most popular material for timber decking in Brisbane. There are plenty of reasons for this. Merbau is versatile, aesthetically pleasing, durable and is imported from Indonesia. It is hard enough to provide a great surface for a deck but pliable enough to be worked with hand tools.
We know this piece is talking about timber decking in the Brisbane area, but it is helpful to know that Merbau has many different uses. Not only is it used for decking, but it is also used for framing, marine applications and engineering applications. It is also used for making outdoor furniture to put on your deck. Indoors, it is used for applications such as joinery and flooring.
Merbau is strong and durable enough to provide years of service, but it is extremely workable. This is why it has so many different applications. As mentioned above, you can easily work it with hand tools. You will want to pre-bore all holes for fasteners, though.
Merbau is very easy to finish. It can be stained, painted or polished. Most people like to allow the dark red or dark brown colour show through to fully appreciate the beauty of this variety of timber.
In the ground, Merbau is only rated for 5-10 years. But when used above the ground as planks and boards, it is rated to provide 25 or more years of service. It is resistant to termites and marine borers, though it may be susceptible to lyctid borers. It is only slightly combustible and allowed in bushfire prone areas.
Merbau is a beautiful timber for decking. Its natural grain and colour are stunning when presented correctly. That may be the main reason for its popularity in Brisbane. People with merbau decking tend to be proud of its appearance and are likely to invite friends over for cold beverages often.
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