Balau – The Indonesian, Dense Hardwoodadmin
Balau is an Indonesian, dense hardwood, which is the preferred decking timber for coastal regions like Durban and Cape Town but can also handle drier climates.
However, like most timber, if correctly maintained, it will survive other climatic conditions such as coastal regions. When treated, it usually takes on a reddish-brown to purple-brown colour with a coarse texture. Adding it to your outdoor living spaces will invite cosiness and warmth. Balau is globally harvested and widely available. It should be moderately priced even though it is imported.
This popular hardwood is well-known for its natural durability, which requires little-to-no maintenance since it is resistant to insects and fungus. Natural oils in this wood act as water-retardants and keep it from becoming brittle.
Its rich and exotic dark red, purple colour, is a charming and stylish addition to indoor and outdoor spaces. Over time, without being oiled, it will weather to an exquisite silver-grey. Balau can be painted, stained and polished but is not suitable for steam bending.
It is sourced from countries that are leaders in ecological, sustainable forestry. The production of Balau timber is managed and there are stringent standards in place to ensure that the environment is not spoiled or compromised.
For over 50 years, Balau has been globally used in the toughest applications including jetties, boardwalks and fishing boats. The timber can be used in living areas and in garden landscaping, providing continuity and connection to the natural environment. It is a popular medium for architects, professional deck builders and homeowners. Balau is commonly used in flooring, panelling, kitchen cabinets, furniture, framing and interior construction. Any property that is decked with Balau is significantly improved in terms of value and aesthetics.
Balau is a popular favourite because it is widely harvested and available throughout the world. Despite the fact it is imported, it should be moderately priced.
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