The merbau tree’s real name is Intsia Bijuga but it is more commonly known as the merbau or the ipil and it largely inhabits mangrove swamps.
Merbau wood is native to South East Asia, especially Malaysia and Indonesia. There are also some occurrences of it in New Guinea, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and northern Australia and it grows to around 50 metres tall.
It is a very hard, durable species and almost as stable as teak although comparable to hickory in strength, which is why it is such a great option for flooring. Merbau is a medium to heavy timber from a large hardwood and is also resistant to termites.
As well as being used for flooring it can also be used for dye and the timber itself has a slightly gold tone, which adds to the unique look that merbau floors give to a room.
In South Asia the tree is actually endangered in many places and in some it is almost extinct.
The tree is actually the official tree of Guam, a U.S. territory and it is an unusual flooring choice, compared to other woods, which makes it a fantastic focal point in any room.
The deep, rich shades that merbau flooring offers means that it is perfect for making larger rooms look more welcoming, as well as adding a more glamorous feel to any room.
Merbau is a tropical hardwood is used as an engineered wood flooring material, thanks to its durability. Available in different shades, it can come with gold-coloured flecks that appeal to many. Panaget provide a distinctive range of engineered merbau flooring, that vary in distinctive shades, tones and finishes.
This real wood flooring product can come in different shades, from golden brown to a rich reddish tinge. However, it is the distinctive dark shades of the material that are represented in the laminate products.
There is a choice of either a chocolate hue or a red shade, with each of these being resilient products with warranties of 20 years or more. There is also a selection of designs between smooth-edged and bevelled v-groove floors.