There are a huge variety of wood or timber to choose from when planning for a home. It is very important to know and understand how each type of timber work and respond to the environment. Merbau timber, also known as Insia Bijuga, in particular is a hardwood that is commonly found in Asia. There are a lot of houses made of wood in islands found in the Pacific Ocean, specifically in Southeast Asia, and merbau is one of the most common materials used.
This is mainly because the tree that it comes from actually grows very well in these areas. The merbau wood is very abundant in wet areas like rainforests, swamps, flood plains and riverbanks. Since it usually grows in wet areas, it is quite oily when freshly cut. In fact, if left untreated, this wood can be very greasy to touch. Regardless of this fact, however, it is still one of the most reputable woods used in floors.
Following are just some of the advantages of using this type of timber in your home.
Excellent Flooring Material
Merbau timber can be used in home building with very minimal alteration. It can be designed to create patterns of various shapes, sizes and colors.
The color of a merbau wood is very easy to alter by putting varnish. It can look great with or without varnish because of its natural markings that add depth to floors.
Unlike other wood, merbau wood is actually oily in nature. Hence, its luster can last a longer period of time. There is very minimal maintenance involved to keeping it beautiful.
Easy to Work With
Merbau timber is very versatile. It can be easily cut or shaped into various designs. Thus, it is perfect in making intricate wood engineering projects.
Plenty of options in colors and finishes
The merbau doesn't come with only one hue or color. It comes in a wide range of natural colors that can also be enhanced by using varnish. Making use of various merbau woods with different hues can make a wonderfully unique floor design.
This hardwood is resistant to exposure to harsh weather. Aside from this, it is also resistant to insects and termites.
Beautiful Natural Pattern
Most merbau wood already comes with varied natural patterns that can add appeal to common wooden floors. It also comes with various textures that can be interlocked with each other to provide depth.
This type of wood is very easy to finish. Unlike other wood materials, the merbau wood can be painted, stained or just polished. It is relatively easy to maintain.
Easy to Clean
Since it is weather and insect resistant, merbau wood is very easy to clean. A good vacuuming or sweeping every now and then is more than enough to keep it looking beautiful.
Unlike other wood materials, Merbau is quite stable. Regardless of humidity, it always keeps maintain its shape. This is why it is a good choice for any home.
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