Merbau Timber Sunshine Coast

What is Merbau Timber?

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Merbau timber Sunshine Coast: This timber is a favoured hardwood that is often grown in Asia, Papua New Guinea and Australia. With its incredible strength and durability, it is a popular timber material that is used in external engineering and construction projects. Merbau timber is also often featured outdoors as gorgeous furniture and indoors as flooring and joinery. 

An attractive orange-brown when freshly cut, Merbau Timber deepens to a beautiful red-brown with age. Due to small yellow mineral deposits, it can be easily distinguished from lookalikes. 

No matter what type of project you have, our team of experts will work to ensure the smooth delivery of your project’s needed materials.

Why Merbau Timber?

Merbau Timber Sunshine Coast

Known for its unique beauty and style, Merbau timber is also a hard-wearing and durable timber that is borer and termite resistant when properly treated. With a natural class durability rating of 1 above ground and 3 in the ground- Merbau is set to last almost a lifetime! 

The secret to Merbau timber’s success and aesthetic is the abundance of natural oils within this wood. These oils protect Merbau from shrinking, cracking and splitting. However, it is important to note that the mineral deposits found within the wood are water-soluble and susceptible to staining. 

Despite its strength and durability, Merbau timber is relatively flexible and easy to turn, which is why it is extensively used in furniture and various external construction projects. When properly treated, a Merbau deck and timber materials will serve you for many years to come!

Merbau is a great timber option for various projects with natural durability and a beautiful appearance. Get in touch with Gowan Lea Timbers for all your timber needs!

Merbau Timber:
The Benefits?

Merbau Timber Sunshine Coast

Merbau Timber is chosen by builders for a variety of reasons. These advantages include style, strength and resistance to wood borers, such as termites, and weathering.

Strength and Workability: Merbau is an incredible solid timber material. While not as hard as other hardwoods, it is easy to saw through and work with. Thus little strain is needed when it comes to planning and laying this wood. 

As a class 1 wood, Merbau timber is ideally suited for outdoor use, making it the perfect decision for decking boards and outdoor furniture. This is on the grounds that it is very stable and has a generally low shrinkage/development rate (which is basic).

Degree of Fire Resistance: With some fire resistance, Merbau is a timber that does not catch alight easily. Thus, rated for use in bush-fire prone areas and ideal for the Australian climate. 

Style: Merbau is known for its interesting orange-brown colour and interlocking grain pattern, with its contrasting sapwood that ranges from a light yellow to an ivory white. These tones can be altered and enhanced with various oils to suit any desired style or aesthetic.


Hardwood vs Softwood

Merbau Timber Sunshine Coast

As the name suggests Merbau is a distinctive hardwood prized for its strength and durability. Different construction projects call for different kinds of timber supplies. Both hardwood and softwood are used for everything from structural to decorative projects.

It is important to note that soft and hardwood timber are distinguished in nature in terms of their reproduction rather than their end appearance and attributes.

The trees from which hardwood is obtained tend to be slower growing, meaning the wood is usually denser. Hardwood comes from broad-leaved trees such as Spotted Gum, Ironbark and Merbau etc. Softwood is harvested from trees that produce cones and seeds such as pines and cedars. 

Hardwood is considered to be the most versatile construction material. Applications range from gorgeous furniture, musical instruments, flooring, construction and boatbuilding. It is a material of durability and beauty. It is available in countless combinations of species, specifications and colours. 

As a result of their slow growth and their condensed, more complex structure, hardwoods offer a superior level of strength and durability.

Hardwood timber tends to be more resilient than softwoods and is reserved for projects that require maximum durability. They are often used for construction projects that rely on strength and durability, such as flooring, fencing, decking and high-quality furniture. 

Softwood is renowned for its versatility and strength.  This timber has a large variety of applications and a known for their aesthetic appeal. Softwood can be used across for both internal and external projects – from furniture and flooring to decking, landscaping and structural applications.

They are a flexible timber and are lighter in weight and less dense than most hardwoods. Softwoods are most commonly used for interior mouldings, windows production and generating sheet materials such as plywood. Softwood is best utilised on doors, windows, ceilings and furniture.

As the timber experts, Gowan Lea Timbers have all the knowledge and expertise to help you make the best decision on your timber materials. Call Today!

Gowan Lea Timbers

Merbau Timber Sunshine Coast

An independent timber yard in Queensland, Gowan Lea Timbers provides a range of Merbau timber supplies on the Sunshine Coast and has been operating for over 25 years. In our timber yard, we have our own sawmill, non-CCA treatment plant, kilns, dressing shed, and can source custom oil on request.

Known for our hardwoods, our timber supplies include merbau and other timber and building product lines such as pine framing, plywood, engineered timber, and fibre cement products.

Our History

Merbau Timber Sunshine Coast

We began Gowan Lea Timbers over 25 years ago when we decided to open a small retail yard for timber needs on the rapidly growing Sunshine Coast of Queensland. We started with two staff members, a forklift, a flat-bed truck, and an office in a shipping container, and as we grew, we gained a solid reputation for boasting the best hardwood around. 

It didn’t take us by surprise. Our mill—Gowan Lea Sawmilling Company—had been operating for over 40 years and was already a well-respected wholesaler of premium quality western QLD timber products. However, when the Queensland State Government bought out and closed Gowan Lea Sawmilling Company through a Regional Forestry Agreement process in 2007, the retail timber yard was left without a supply of the premium hardwood that our business relied upon.

It was then we entered into a productive relationship with Mary Valley Timbers, a green hardwood sawmill near Gympie, who had a similar focus on quality and cut 95% Spotted Gum and Ironbark.

What We Do

Merbau Timber Sunshine Coast

From building a boardwalk through a rainforest to interior flooring, fencing and decking, Gowan Lea Timbers provides all your merbau timber needs on the Sunshine Coast

If your job is out of the ordinary, or you’re just not sure what decking timber to use, whether you’re a tradesperson looking for the right timber for a new home or extension, an architect wanting to specify the correct finish or a commercial construction firm with a major build, Gowan Lea Timbers has the products, experience, and on-site timber services to help.

Our Timber Services

Merbau Timber Sunshine Coast

With a fully-integrated Planing Shed on-site, we can handle most of your timber dressing and profiling requirements.  We can also pre-coat your timber with quality timber oil to save you time and mess on-site, plus dock your timber to length.

  • Deliveries direct to site Australia-wide
  • Wood Machining and Dressing
  • Custom Laminating and Sanding
  • Timber Oiling

Our Products

Merbau Timber Sunshine Coast

Ask us first and save yourself time and wasted money later on. Trouble-shooting and specifying the best merbau timber and building supplies are what we do best.

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Merbau Timber Sunshine Coast

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No matter what type of project you have, we understand quality timber supplies and service are important. Our team of experts will work with you to ensure you get the most from the experience and ensure the smooth delivery of your project on the Sunshine Coast.

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