Although, Merbau has the greatest stability score, which refers to the swelling or shrinkage of timber boards, it is critical that you treat your delivery of Merbau with the utmost care. (If you are keeping other Australian hardwoods or decking woods, it’s even more crucial that you handle them with caution as well). To take the uncertainty out of how to effectively care for your Merbau from distribution to installation, we have actually developed a helpful list …
- When you receive your distribution of Merbau Decking Floorboards, check to see if there are some lighter colored boards in the load and if so, you can leave these certain boards out in the sun. The tannins will come out due to sun exposure and they will darken.
- Store Merbau boards flat and even, so that they remain straight, and keep them undercover and out of the sun.
- If you do not have an undercover location to keep the Merbau shipment, guarantee that you put some battens down to lift the boards up and off any surface area, so that the boards aren’t taking in any wetness from the ground, as you stack them and keep them. Also, cover the boards with plastic or tarp to further protect them from the weather. However, understand when using tarpaulins to cover Merbau, that the boards will sweat under the tarps, if left stored in the sun, which will make the boards reduce and swell. This is another reason we recommend that the boards constantly be kept in the shade, if there is no undercover readily available.
- Never ever leave Merbau decking boards on concrete, whether they are off-cuts or full boards since if it rains, the Merbau will bleed and leave red marks on the concrete. You likewise have to be careful around pools that have sandstone or bluestone tiles and rendered walls. Plus, the dust from cutting from Merbau will likewise stain, if moistened. Take special note that the red stain is notoriously hard to get rid of!
- Before installation, it is recommended that you pre-coat the Merbau boards around 1 Day prior (where possible), which minimises the decking board taking in wetness and therefore making it more steady. If your deck is constructed less than 250mm above ground level, it is absolutely necessary to coat your boards prior to they are set.