Balau decking is strong, heavy and very hard. It has a coarse texture with minimal distortion and a slight tendency to bow.

Typical applications Decking, marine construction, piling and heavy duty industrial flooring


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Balau Decking

Balau has minimal distortion with a coarse texture and flawless finish


Durable to very durable. Class1 - life span of 50 years plus

Working qualities

The timber machines well, but can severely blunt cutting edges

Botanical name

Shorea laevis ridi


Southeast Asia - East/West Malaysia and Indonesia

Balau is a dense hardwood with an interlocking grain that is known for its strength and durability. This type of hardwood is a very popular choice for heavy-duty construction where there will likely be a high flow of foot traffic such as decking, industrial flooring and marine construction.

Balau decking

Balau hardwood decking

Balau Wood

Examples of Balau decking

Balau Decking

When they’re wanting to install heavy and strong timber hardwood decking in their garden, many homeowners are drawn to Balau because it features a beautiful mixture of rich colours. Commonly, Yellow Balau varies in shade from soft golden brown to pale reddish-brown and this colouring perfectly complements the natural surrounding landscape of any outdoor space. Due to the fact that Balau hardwood has quite a smooth and even texture, and very few knots, it provides a flawless and luxurious finish to any contemporary exterior decking too.

This type of hardwood decking requires very minimal upkeep and it is naturally insect and rot-resistant, so it will remain aesthetically pleasing for many years to come. In fact, Balau decking is a Class 1 hardwood, meaning that it has a life span of 50 years plus. Balau hardwood also has minimal distortion and only a slight tendency to bow, preventing any worry in relation to natural warping over time. Its exceptional water resistance makes Balau hardwood ideal for decking that is being installed around a swimming pool or hot tub as well.

Here at Vetraland Selective Timber, we supply Balau hardwood for decking or other construction projects that is smooth on both sides. We also supply stainless steel screws which are essential for this type of hardwood decking. For more information about our quality Balau decking, please contact our team on 020 8858 6441.

For further details on our Balau, please contact us on 020 8858 6441.