Although, Merbau has the greatest stability score, which describes the swelling or shrinking of timber boards, it is paramount that you treat your distribution of Merbau with the utmost care. (If you are keeping other Australian hardwoods or decking timbers, it’s even more vital that you handle them with care as well). To take the uncertainty from how to effectively take care of your Merbau from distribution to installation, we have actually created an useful 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 particular 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 area to save the Merbau shipment, ensure that you put some battens down to raise the boards up and off any surface area, so that the boards aren’t taking in any moisture from the ground, as you stack them and save them. Likewise, cover the boards with plastic or tarp to further safeguard them from the weather. Nonetheless, know when utilizing tarps to cover Merbau, that the boards will sweat under the tarpaulins, if left saved in the sun, which will make the boards shrink and swell. This is another reason we suggest that the boards constantly be kept in the shade, if there is no undercover readily available.
- Never leave Merbau decking boards on concrete, whether they are off-cuts or full boards because if it rains, the Merbau will bleed and leave red marks on the concrete. You likewise have to beware around pools that have actually sandstone or bluestone tiles and rendered walls. Plus, the dust from cutting from Merbau will likewise stain, if rained on. Take special note that the red stain is notoriously difficult to eliminate!
- Prior to installation, it is suggested that you pre-coat the Merbau boards roughly 1 Day prior (where possible), which minimises the decking board soaking up wetness and therefore making it more steady. If your deck is constructed less than 250mm above ground level, it is definitely necessary to coat your boards prior to they are laid down.