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Merbau Timber Suppliers

Merbau timber, also known as ‘Kwila’, is a type of hardwood that is native to the Indo-Pacific region. This specific hardwood offers superior durability and is termite and rot-resistant. It is highly versatile due to its stability when sufficiently dried and is commonly used in cabinetry, joinery, construction, marine, and outdoor applications. Orange to reddish-brown in colour, Kwila has become a popular hardwood utilised by builders and homeowners across Australia for use in outdoor deck construction. When you need a hardwood for your project that is dependable, durable and versatile, it’s hard to go wrong with Kwila decking.

At Versace Timbers, we have been Brisbane timber suppliers since 1956. Our experienced and qualified team share a passion for timber and are happy to help with any questions you might have regarding Merbau decking timber for your next project.

 Get in touch with our friendly team and place an order today for the best pricing on Merbau timber Brisbane wide!

Merbau wood characteristics at a glance

Common Name/s:  Merbau Timber / Kwila Timber

Scientific Name: Intsia. I. bijuga

Species Type: Hardwood

Origin: Merbau timber is native to the Indo-Pacific region.

Colour: Orangish-brown when freshly cut, which will age to a darker reddish-brown. There are also small yellow mineral deposits that are water soluble and prone to bleeding.

Grain/Texture: Kwila timber has a straight grain that is interlocked with a coarse texture.

Rot Resistance: Rot and termite resistant.

Density: 670-800 kg/m3 @ 12 percent moisture content.

Workability: Good workability and finishing properties. Will produce a high finish, however,
blades may gum up after prolonged sawing.

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Typical Applications of Merbau Wood and Kwila Timber

Outdoor Applications

Indoor Applications


Don’t compromise on the quality of your deck. Merbau decking timber is a favourite among both homeowners and builders alike. Offering superior stability due to its low expansion and shrinkage rate, it is well suited to the Australian climate and is commonly used for decking Australia wide. By using quality Merbau decking for your next project, you will know first-hand that the build was made to last last. 

As your Merbau timber suppliers, we stock ready to install 90×19 Kwila products that are available both smooth and reeded.

Not sure how much Kwila decking you’ll need? Use our handy merbau decking timber calculator to estimate your requirements or get in touch with our friendly team of decking experts for help with all your decking needs.


Beams & Posts

We carry Kwila timber beams and posts that come in a variety of widths and sizes perfect for every job. Need a special size, contact our helpful sales team and we will see what we can do. Available Sizes 140x42 140x65 190x42 240x42 240x65 290x65

Indoor & Outdoor Railing

As your Merbau timber suppliers, we stock a range of indoor and outdoor railing in a variety of widths and lengths. Whether you’re upgrading an internal staircase or are just starting a housing project. Speak to the team at Versace Timbers for quality Merbau timber Brisbane wide.

Laminated DAR Handrail 90×42 & 140×42
Ladies Waist – 68x68x5.4 Rebated & Non-Rebated
Bread Loaf – 68x68x5.4 Rebated & Non-Rebated
Mid Rail Rebated - 68×42x5.4
Weather Rail 68×42x5.4

Merbau Screening & Balusters

For both indoor and outdoor applications we carry merbau screening & balusters in 42x19x2.4, 70x19x0.2, 70x19x2.4, and 70x19x5.1 for projects of all sizes.


For all your finishing needs we carry a wide range of Kwila timber accessories including;

Merbau Dowels
Merbau Dowel Fixing
Merbau Stained Putty

Visit us at our timber yard for all your timber and building needs. We have pre-stocked speciality timbers for any project and cater to orders of all sizes. Get in touch or call (07) 3266 9000 to speak to the friendly team at Versace Timbers – your trusted Merbau timber suppliers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Merbau timber and Kwila timber?

Merbau timber is a hardwood that is native to the Indo-Pacific region. It has the scientific name Intsia. I. bijuga and goes by both the common names Merbau and Kwila.

What are some common uses for Merbau / Kwila?

As Merbau/Kwila is rot and termite resistance and has good workability and finishing qualities, it is commonly used in many indoor and outdoor applications including decking, woodworking, turning, furniture, fencing, flooring and more. If you’re looing for Merbau decking Brisbane weather and bugs won’t compromise, you’ve come to the right place.

Is Merbau good for outdoor decking?

Yes, Merbau is an excellent choice when it comes to an outdoor decking project as it offers superior stability due to its low expansion and shrinkage rate and is perfectly suited to the Australian climate. Merbau/Kwila decks are built to last and are a favourite among Australian homeowners. For more information, please get in touch with your local Merbau decking suppliers – Versace Timbers.

What kinds of Merbau/Kwila products do you stock?

At your local Merbau timber suppliers, Versace Timbers stocks a wide range of merbau decking boards, merbau screening, fencing, and rough sawn merbau timber supplies.  For more information about the range of Merbau in stock call us on (07) 3266 9000, e-mail [email protected] or get in touch online now.

Is Merbau a good wood?

Yes! Merbau wood is a great option for both indoor and outdoor usage. It is commonly used in both joinery and external applications due its naturally termite resistance properties, good finishing, and low shrinkage / warpage properties. Versace Timbers is your trusted Merbau Timber Suppliers, get in touch or drop into the yard today.

Is Merbau good for outdoor usage?

Merbau/Kwila is a perfect choice for outdoor usage and is a favourite among Australian homeowners for decking, patio, flooring, or exterior staircases. This is due to Merbau being an extremely durable wood and is known to be rot resistance. It also has the added benefit of being naturally resistance to termite attack which makes it a long-lasting investment that does not need to be replaced regularly. For Kwila timber Brisbane sun, rain, and termites can’t beat, get in touch with Versace Timbers today.

How long should you weather Merbau?

As Merbau is prone to ‘bleeding’, it is best to weather Merbau used in an outdoor environment for 6-8 weeks before oiling or sealing. Merbau is a very resinous timber and adequate weathering time is important for the resins to bleed out of the timber. If it is installed in an undercover environment it is recommended to wash it regularly with fresh water for about the same period to reduce the resins contained in the wood to achieve a higher quality finish. If you have any questions about Merbau decking Brisbane applications, contact our knowledgeable team today for expert advice.

How long do Merbau decking boards last?

Merbau/Kwila has a durability class 2 and is a very resilient timber, naturally resistance to termite attack and rotting. You can expect your outdoor decking to last between 15 to 40 years without decay. For the best price and selection of Kwila timber Brisbane wide, contact us today.

How do you keep Merbau looking natural?

Over time, Merbau timber used outdoors tends to turn Greyish due to exposure to the sun and elements. To return it to its original colour / lustre we recommend cleaning your merbau deck and merbau screening quarterly and reapplying finishing / oils as needed.

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