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Merbau decking maintenance
Oil your deck
Merbau is generally used for its aesthetic appeal and its longevity, but with merbau’s naturally high tannin content, there is a bleed period that is required for the deck to settle before any treatments are added. Maintenance for a merbau deck begins with the first coat of oil. Depending on the traffic, location of the deck, and climate you live in, the ongoing maintenance will vary.
Cleaning your deck
When the time comes to clean your deck, you’ll need a cleaning detergent that has sodium percarbonate as an active ingredient. Just mix with water and grab a stiff bristled brush and away you go. Lightly scrub the solution on the whole deck and leave to activate for 15 minutes before rinsing the wood with water. Before you know it, your deck will be good as new.
In order to keep your merbau deck in top shape, you’ll need to maintain it regularly by giving it a good clean and oiling it so the colours don’t fade in WA’s harsh sunshine.
A dense, bushfire resistant timber, Merbau is suitable for indoor and outdoor use, making it the perfect decking timber. Merbau is rated class 1 for durability, meaning it’s one of the most durable timbers. This is due to Merbau’s termite resistance, preventing it from early decay and allowing for a life more than 25 years underground and greater than 40 years above ground.
Merbau is highly resistant to termites and splintering. It is also less likely to warp than other timbers when installed by certified professionals. The natural qualities of Merbau mean this oil-rich timber is termite resistant, making it ideal for termite-prone Western Australia. Merbau is a popular construction material in WA, as it helps avoid termite-induced structural damages that can cost millions of dollars.
Due to the wood structure, this timber is used for decorative use, as well as engineering and construction. This includes musical instruments, cabinets, wharfing, and framing.
Treated Merbau decks are an aesthetically pleasing addition to any space. Merbau takes well to paint, stain, and polish. Bring out the distinctive red-brown colour and protect the longevity of your deck by treating your merbau timber with a stain or decking oil.
Merbau Timber Cost
Pricing for Merbau depends on various factors.
This can be as simple as
- Availability of the amount you require
- The metre lengths of wood required
- Grade of timbers: highest grade versus a lower grade
Moreover, the cost can be determined by the outcome you require of the project. Speak to us about the specifics of your project and we can guide you on the amount of wood you require or other timbers that are more suitable for your budget and project. We are happy to you guide you in the right direction without compromising your desired outcome.