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Batu Hardwood Decking – The Natural Choice For Value and Quality

Nova is the leading importer of Batu Decking, also known as Red Balau Hardwood. With over 30 years of experience in sourcing the finest Batu hardwood decking in the world, our staff is here to assist in your search for the perfect combination of quality and value.

Fine landscape architecture demands the highest quality materials. Professional builders and do-it-yourselfers alike enjoy working with Nova's Batu hardwood decking because of its high quality and remarkable consistency.

Batu Decking Dartmouth College 5/4x4 Nova USA Wood
Batu Decking Hardwood 2x4 Lumber

Nova Batu hardwood decking closely resembles the rich classic look of Mahogany. Heartwood from Batu or Red Balau hardwood ranges from a medium red to a deep red / brown with purple tinges and often has resin canals with white contents in concentric lines on end surfaces which produce a warm and visually striking effect. The texture is moderately fine and grain is typically interlocked.

Our Batu Decking offers a complete package for all your outdoor projects and is available in 1x4, 1x6, 5/4x4, 5/4x6, 2x4, 2x6 and 4x4 sizes plus handrail, balusters, T&G porch flooring and trim boards from 1x8 through to 2x12. With a rich natural beauty and legendary hardiness that is not easily found in other decking materials, Batu Decking is the natural answer for exterior decking applications.

Batu Siding 1x6 Fineline Shiplap Bozeman Home
Batu Siding 1x6 Fineline Shiplap Bozeman Home
Meranti Batu / Red Balau Hardwood Decks - Quality Without Compromise

Because we stake our reputation on the superior quality of our Batu Decking products we are confident that when your project is complete, no other material will provide you with the satisfaction and distinctive beauty of Batu hardwood decking.

Batu Catalog Deck Installation Hidden Fasteners ExoShield Stain

Fire Rated Batu Decking - Best in Class Performance
Batu Decking 5/4x4 S4S E4E Hardwood
Batu Decking 5/4x4 S4S E4E Hardwood

Our Batu, Red Balau decking has been fire tested and meets Class A specifications. This wood species has a high silica content and is extremely resistant to flame spread. Click on the buttons below to read more about our fire rated decking products and view our detailed reports.

Fire Rated Decking Fire Testing Reports

Batu Decking Protection, Restoration, and Maintenance

Although maintenance is minimal when it comes to Batu / Red Balau; just as any other species of wood, Batu requires specific maintenance techniques in order to keep your investment in impeccable shape. Over time the color of the deck will begin to fade to more of a beige/grey color when exposed to the elements. Luckily one of the benefits of Batu / Red Balau is the fact that it can be repeatedly brought back to life through a simple refinishing of the deck. Nova has an in-depth article of how to retain the rich Mahogany color of newly bought Batu featured on our blog, which you can find here:

Batu, Red Balau Mentions in Our Blog Articles
Batu Hardwood Decking - Strong, Naturally Beautiful and Stable

Our Batu hardwood decking is the first choice for any job that requires a superior finish, natural durability and long lasting performance. Batu / Red Balau is a versatile, distinctive wood which lends elegance to any project. While many people are partial to the rich, classic look of a Mahogany deck, most don’t like the inconsistency or the maintenance hassles that accompany products like Cambara or Meranti. The Nova Batu Decking product line is therefore ideal, providing customers long-lasting durability and visual appeal from their Batu decks with minimal maintenance efforts.

Batu Decking (also known as Red Selangan Batu, Red Balau, Membatu, Meranti Batu and Mangaris) is known for its hardness, beauty and natural durability. Our Batu decking is exclusively produced from Shorea guiso, which is sustainably harvested and has full chain-of-custody documentation in accordance with the U.S. Lacey Act.

While there are more than 200 different species of Meranti / Philippine Mahogany found throughout Asia, Batu Hardwood Decking utilizes only a select few species found within the Shorea Genus. Adding to the product's appeal is the fact that our Batu is carefully graded in order to achieve a nearly blemish-free decking with excellent colour consistency plus superior strength and natural durability. There are hundreds of species of wood under the Shorea genus, many of which are critically endangered. We import and supply only sustainably harvested and legally verified Batu decking material.

Batu hardwood decking is available in lengths up to 20' and comes both yard-packed and pulled-to-length. Like other Nova hardwood decking products, Batu Decking is easily installed with traditional face fastening techniques.

Only Environmentally Sustainable Red Balau Batu, Every Time

Batu decking comes from tropical hardwood forests in Indonesia which are essentially public lands, managed and protected by the Government of Indonesia. Natural forest utilization in Indonesia was started in the 1970s as a national development program.

Indonesia has designated all forest lands according to four classifications in order to ensure a sustainable balance between preservation and development. They have been named: production forests, conversion forests, protection forests, and conservation forests or national parks and wildlife refuges. About 113 million hectares have thus been set aside as permanent forests (for the production, protection and conservation groupings).

Two forest certification systems are in use at present in Indonesia: the Indonesian ecolabelling system developed by LEI (Lembaga Ekolabel Indonesia); and the Forest Stewardship Council scheme. Although the LEI and FSC certification systems were originally developed quite separately, the two organizations have been working to bring them closer together over the past ten years. LEI and the FSC signed a Memorandum of Understanding in September 1999, and strengthened this working agreement with a Joint Certification Protocol on September 20, 2000.

Batu Decking Hardwood Handrail
Batu Decking Hardwood 2x2 Railing Pickets

Nova and our affiliates have an ongoing commitment to the preservation and responsible utilization and management of our forest resources. We strongly encourage all of our Batu suppliers to follow best industry practices in order to minimize damage to the environment and ensure long term sustainability. Every piece of lumber purchased or sold by us is in compliance with all local, national and international laws and regulations.

Batu / Red Balau - Key Selling Points

  • Naturally Beautiful
  • Rich Red Color
  • Lengths up to 20’
  • Kiln Dried for Maximum Stability
  • Resists Checking
  • Low Maintenance
  • Long Term Sustainability
  • 25 Year Warranty
  • Class A Fire Rated
  • Rot Resistant
  • Insect Resistant
  • Non-Treated
  • 3x Harder Than Douglas Fir
  • 7x Harder Than Cedar
  • Sourced From: Southeastern Asia
  • Expected Life: 50+ years

Meranti Batu Hardwood Decking - The Strength and Beauty of Exotic Decking

With its hardiness and superior natural durability, Meranti Batu Decking is the ideal material for use on any outdoor hardwood projects.

Batu Catalog Deck Installation Hidden Fasteners ExoShield Stain

Batu Decking Comparison Chart

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