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Would Merbau flooring (T&G) be ok to use to replace my veranda floor? The veranda has overhead roof, but no side protection from the weather. At first i was going to use Blackbutt decided not to use it as difficult in getting the right size.

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Merbau is a good choice for weather-exposed situations. It is relatively stable and rot resistant. If you are replacing an existing verandah floor no doubt you are familiar with the hazards associated with using t & g flooring in such locations, eg. possible swelling of the timber if rained upon, corrosion of fasteners, etc. It's important to not cramp the boards tightly together, and to apply a water repellent finish such as decking oil.

Merbau

Answered on 05-03-2021
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Fire rated floors charcoal or dark timber colour - what products do you suggest?

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The only flooring that's likely to be available in a natural charcoal colour is wenge. You will be able to find images on the net. We don't have details of its fire properties but suppliers of wenge may have this information. The other alternative is to select one of the species that we have tested and stain it a charcoal colour. You will find fire test data in our Regulatory Information Report RIR 21419-05, available for download via this link https://www.woodsolutions.com.au/articles/fire-test-reports.

Wenge

Answered on 27-02-2021
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What is the weight of Seasoned Radiata Pine per square metre?

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Wood always contains some moisture, even when seasoned, so weights (or densities) are standardised to 12% moisture content and measured in kg per cubic metre. The value for Australian-grown radiata pine is given as 550 kg/min Australian Standard 1720, Timber Structures Part 2: Timber properties. This is an average figure, so the actual density of specific pieces is likely to be slightly different.

Density

Answered on 16-02-2021
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