Merbau Wood Flooring
Gone are the days when a hardwood floor could only be made of a few species of wood, such as oak or maple. Now, many exotic species of tree are available, some of them so unusual that the average person has yet to hear of them. Merbau wood is one such hardwood.
About the Merbau Tree
The merbau tree grows natively in areas of southern Asia, including India, and also thrives in southeast Asia on islands such as those that make up Indonesia and the Philippines. It can also grow on Pacific Islands and in Australia.
The tree itself is impressive, growing to vast heights that average more than 45 feet tall. The trunk alone may measure more than five feet in diameter. In appearance, merbau wood can be light or dark when unstained, as there is a significant amount of variation in the natural trees. The wood is distinctive, however, because it will possess a startling flecked appearance when finished. The flecks, which are golden in colour, derive from a yellowish dust that collects in the pores of the wood as the tree grows to maturity.
Advantages of Merbau Flooring
Merbau is a very durable wood with a lower density than hickory, even though it is just as strong. People who live in termite prone areas will appreciate the fact that it has a natural resistance to the insect. Like all wooden floors, merbau will need periodic hardwood floor sanding to renew it and uncover its beauty once again.