Know The 6 Properties of Merbau Wood

1. Where Does Merbau Come From

Merbau wood, with its scientific name of IntsiaBiujga, is also named as Kwila wood. Merbau wood is mainly originated from Southeast Asia, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Phipines & Papua New Guinea. Merbau wood is also planted in Africa.

In China, merbau wood resources are usually imported from Indonesia and Africa. As a result, Merbau wood is also named after its origin: Indonesian merbau wood & African Merbau wood.

Know The 6 Properties of Merbau Wood

2. What is Merbau Wood Hardness

Merbau parquet wood is very hard even in the range of hardwood species, with itsJanka rating hardness about 1850 Ps, 80% higher than teak wood & black walnut wood, 35% higher than oak hardwood, 10% higher than golden teak hardwood, merely 3% lower than excellent wenge hardwood.

Therefore, merbau wood, or merbau hardwood, is very suitable for hardwood flooring, hardwood cladding & hardwood furniture.

Know The 6 Properties of Merbau Wood

3. What is Merbauwood Color?

Merbau wood has very obvious wood variation from heartwood to sapwood, with dark brown color of heartwood to light golden color of its sapwood. Its main color hue is light red to dark golden color.

Merbau wood has a unique feature for its color: there are little golden sparks in the merbau wood, only 2-4mm long and 1mm wide. These golden sparks are particular to merbau wood, compared to other wood species,such as taun wood, mahogany wood & teak wood.

Merbau wood has,in its wood structure, naturally dark brown colloidsubstance, which would dissolve with the contact of water and would be washed away by water. This is what people call “merbaubleeding”.Andmerbau wood dark brown color would fade away and turn grey. In order to prevent merbau bleeding, merbau wood for outdoor use, such as merbau wood decking, needs to be processed with oil finishing.

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4. What is Merbau Wood Density ?

As an excellent hardwood species, merbau wood density is also very high: After kiln dry, merbau wood density with 12% moisture content is about 800kgs/m3 – 940kgs/m, that means 23% higher than teak wood density &taun wood density,33% higher than birch wood density.

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5. What is Merbau Wood Sustainability or Durability?

Since merbau hardwood has very high hardness in Janka rating and high density, as per common knowledge about hardwood quality, such hard and high-density hardwood is extremely durable and stable in dimension, even in severe climates. Actually, merbau hardwood is very famous for its sustainability and stability in dimensions.

Merbau wood durability also originates from its oily wood feature, which is very similar to teak wood. Its natural wood oil protects merbau from water & biting of worms, extending its lifetime even for outdoor use.

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6. Is Merbauwood Termite Resistant?

Merbau is not just durable and stable, but also excellent at resistace against termite. That is why merbau outdoor wood decking becomes so popular in Asia ad Australia. As merbau hardwood price is 40%-50% lower than Burmese teak hardwood (also extremely resistant to termite), more and more people prefer to use merbau wood decks to replace Burmese wood decks for outdoor use.

According to the above size aspects in wood properties, we could definitely have a better understanding about merbau wood and the excellent quality of merbau wood. As a professional manufacturer of solid hardwood flooring and outdoor hardwood decking, Indojati Utama strongly advice to our customers to consider merbau hardwood as their outdoor wood decks, due to the excellence of merbau wood properties.


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