Technical species specifications for Merbau Hardwood Flooring from Fantastic Floor - Discount Exotic and Domestic Hardwood Flooring, Prefinished Solid Flooring, Unfinished Solid Flooring and Engineered Flooring.

Merbau Hardwood Flooring

  • Scientific Name, Other Names: Intsia biuga, Intsia palembanica, Ipil, Kwila, Lumpha, Lumpho, Tat-talun, Vesi, Mirabow
  • Description: The Merbau Hardwood color is pretty dark brown with reddish tones. While the sapwood of the Merbau tree consists somehow whitish colors, the heartwood of the Merbau tree is a lot darker with brown and red-brown colors. When first cut the Merbau heartwood is a lot brighter with orange yellowish colors, but it gets the darker colors upon exposure and with time. Another interesting thing about the Merbau hardwood is that sometimes you might see golden-yellowish "flecks" on it, something that gives the Merbau hardwood a very beautiful and shiny look. Most of the Merbau Hardwood Flooring consists with medium to high variation in colors. Material is hand selected, at the mill level, for dark or light to achieve a better color selection.
  • Janka Hardness: 1,925 pounds
  • Strength (MOR): 16,679 psi
  • Stiffness (MOE): 2,239 1000 psi
  • Density (KG/m3): 0
  • Tangential Shrinkage: 640.0 %
  • Radial Shrinkage: 380.0 %
  • About: The surface is smooth, glossy, and coarse-textured with yellow flecks throughout. When finished, these golden flecks will give the floor a regal appearance.
  • Family: Caesalpiniaceae
  • Tree Characteristics: The Merbau is a large tree with an average height of 50' tall. The trunk can grow up to more than 5' wide, and grows with strong wide spreading buttresses.
  • Geographic Area: Grown in Indonesia and the indo-malaysian regions near Sumatra and Borneo, and as far into the pacific islands as the Philippines.
  • Color: When freshly cut, the heartwood of Merbau is a yellowish to orange-brown color, but then darkens to brown or red brown.
  • Photosensitivity: Gets darker colors upon exposure and with time.
  • Luster: Low
  • Grain: Straight to interlocked or wavy
  • Texture: Coarse
  • Drying Characteristics: Merbau wood can be dried satisfactorily without incurring significant defect.
  • Working Characteristics: This wood gums saw teeth and dulls cutting edges, so sawing is difficult, and the use of carbide tools when working Merbau is recommended. It sands and finishes well and has good holding ability. Care must be taken with Merbau, as contact with moisture or iron ferrous metals can stain the wood black.
  • Durability Rating: Merbau is almost as stable as teak. And although comparable to hickory in strength, Merbau has a much lower density. It has excellent dimensional stability and is highly resistant to termites.
  • Applications: Flooring is just on of the many uses for this durable wood. It can also be found in furniture, joinery, paneling, decorative woodwork, cabinets, and musical instruments. Merbau is also a source for dyes.

Other Fantastic Species of Wood

Acacia     African Cedar     African Magnolia     African Tigerwood     Afzelia / Doussie     Alder     Amendoim     Amescla     Angelique Mahogany     Ash     Australian Cypress     Bacana / Copaiba     Bamboo     Berlinia     Birch     Blackbutt     Bloodwood     Bolivian Coffeewood     Brazilian Brownheart     Brazilian Cherry     Brazilian Eucalyptus     Brazilian Hickory     Brushbox     Bubinga     Burmese Teak     Capirona / Amazon Maple     Caribbean Cherry     Caribbean Heart Pine     Caribbean Rosewood     Caribbean Walnut     Cherry     Chinese Elm     Cork     Cumaru     Cumaru Dark     Douglas Fir     Eucalyptus     European Chestnut     Garapa / Golden Teak     Genuine Mahogany     Heart Pine     Hevea     Hickory     Ipe     Iroko / African Teak     Java Walnut     Kempas     Khaya / African Mahogany     Kurupayra / Angico     Lacewood / Leopardwood     Laminate     Lapacho     Luxury Vinyl     Lyptus     Manchurian Walnut     Mango Wood     Maple     Massaranduba     Merbau     Moabi / Guajara     Morado     Mozambique     Olive Wood     Padauk     Palo Blanco / Exotic Hickory     Para Rosewood     Patagonian Rosewood     Pebble Tiles     Peroba     Peruvian Walnut     Peshtigo River Birch / Maple     Poplar     Purpleheart     Red Birch     Red Oak     Royal Mahogany     Santos Mahogany     Sapele     Southern Chestnut     Southern Yellow Pine     Spotted Gum     Strand Bamboo     Sucupira     Sydney Blue Gum     Tarara     Tatajuba     Tauari     Tiete Chestnut     Tiete Rosewood     Tigerwood     Timborana     Walnut     Wenge     Western Red Cedar     White Mahogany     White Oak     Yellow Birch     Zebrawood