Balau Timber Cut to Size
Balau timber cut to size by Timbersource will always arrive to your exact specifications, meaning that work will never be delayed while you work the wood down yourself. This is due to our innovative cutting calculator. All you need to do is enter the required machining method and dimensions, and we’ll take care of the rest in our private mill and machining shop.
We use only the finest equipment and 160 years of combined experience to cut your Balau timber to size, with each piece sourced in compliance with The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). Once completed, your order of Balau timber will be delivered as soon as possible.
The Benefits of Balau Timber
Balau timber is a yellow hardwood which is often used for exterior decking. Native to Malaysia, this wood possesses naturally high durability, and will gradually weather to a silver-grey colour. One side displays small ripple grooves, while the other shows deeper grooves, so the appearance can be changed depending on which side is chosen to face upwards.
The benefits of Balau timber mostly derive from its excellent strength and noted weather resistance. Naturally resilient towards either warping or twisting, it possesses a strong life span of anywhere between 20-30 years, so it is often used for flooring, construction, and outdoor furniture. Other benefits of Balau timber include its ability to be easily machined, and the subtle colouration it displays once weathering has taken place.
What is Yellow Balau?
Yellow Balau timber is stocked as an exterior 'decking' profile. This is a Malaysian hardwood with natural durability and will gradually weather to a silver-grey colour. Size is 28mm x 145mm profiled with small 'ripple' grooves on one face and deeper grooves on the reverse, allowing a choice of which side faces up.
Latin name Shorea spp, Shorea atrinervosa, Shorea elliptica, Shorea foxworthyi, Shorea glauca, Shorea laevis, Shorea maxwelliana, Shorea submontana, Shorea guiso, Shorea kunstleri, Shorea collina, Shorea ochrophloia
Also known as Yellow balau, red balau
Introduction The hard, heavy timber species of shorea occurring in South East Asia are grouped under common trade names peculiar to the area. Thus selangan batu is the name used in Sabah, Brunei and Sarawak, while balau is used to describe the heavy Malaysian species.
Yellow Balau Environmental Many species of shorea appear on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and are classified as: CR – Critically Endangered: at very high risk of extinction in the wild. EN – Endangered: at high risk of extinction in the wild. VU – Vulnerable: at risk of extinction
Distribution Selangan batu is produced by several species, principally S. laevis and S seminis.
Red selangan batu is principally S. guiso.
Balau is generally separated into two types in Malaysia, ie, balau and red balau.
Balau is produced mainly from shorea atrinervosa, S. elliptica, S. foxworthyi, S. glauca, S. laevis, S. maxwelliana and S. submontana.
Red balau is produced mainly from S. guiso, S. kunstleri. S. collina, and S. ochrophloia.
The Timber Selangan batu is a yellowish-brown timber with interlocked grain, and a coarse, but even texture. According to species, durable to very durable.
Balau is a yellowish-brown, brown, or reddish-brown timber vvith interlocked grain, and a moderately fine and even texture. It is classified in Malaysia as being very durable.
Red balau is a purplish-red or dark red-brown timber, with an interlocked grain, and a coarse but even texture. It is classified in Malaysia as being less durable than balau, ie moderately durable.
Red selangan batu (Sabah), and alan, or meraka alan (Saravvak and Brunei) are approximately equal in colour and characteristics to red balau.
Yellow Balau Properties
Drying Difficult to dry, slow drying with a tendency to end split, warping is variable.
Stength All the species mentioned have hard, heavy and strong timbers with strength properties similar to those of greenheart.
Yellow Balau Durability Durable. Little tendancy to warp or twist. 20 - 30 years life span
Treatability Extremely difficult. Moderately easy (Sapwood)
Moisture Movement Medium
Density (mean, Kg/m³) 980 (Density can vary by 20% or more)
Yellow Balau Texture Medium
Availability Available at specialist timber merchant
Physical Properties Excellent overall strength and weather resistance
Sizes Obtainable in large sizes
Working with Yellow Balau
Yellow Balau Use(s) Heavy structural use, Marine or freshwater construction, Decking. Flooring.
Colour(s) Reddish brown, Yellow brown
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