A timber staircase can add a valuable statement to any home with its natural elegance, adding warmth and texture to any home design.
Merbau is a popular hardwood derived largely from areas in South East Asia, Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Islands and northern Queensland. It has a high degree of natural durability and strength, The attractive orange brown hue of freshly cut heartwood deepens or reddens with age. This contrasts with the Merbau sapwood, which is a pale yellow colour. If left untreated, the sapwood is susceptible to borer attacks. The wood grain of Merbau can vary but is usually interlocked or wavy, which produces a ribbon figure on the surface. The timber has a coarse but even texture, often prized for its attractiveness on backsawn material.
Generally, Merbau takes well to paints, stains and polishes, however the finish can sometimes be affected by gum bleed through or oily patches.