Merbau, also known as kwila, grows in rainforests in south-east Asia and the Pacific region. It is a popular decking timber, known for its even grain and attractive rich brown to burgundy colour.
Merbau is a dense, durable timber that resists decay and insect infestation. Its natural oiliness means it is easy to care for, and lasts well under all conditions. Another popular hardwood decking timber is yellow balau. Grown in Indonesia, yellow balau is a dense and durable wood which is light brown to yellow in colour.
Applying a stain can enhance the natural colours and beauty of decking timber. Stains can be used to achieve a uniform appearance, or create richer or darker tones. Stains and oils also improve the durability and weather resistance of timber decking.