Batu Wood, Red Balau Hardwood Technical Species Information

Detailed scientific and mechanical properties for Batu Wood, Red Balau Hardwood Lumber

Batu, Red Balau

  • Description: Meranti Batu / Red Balau resembles the rich classic look of Genuine Mahogany. Meranti Batu heartwood ranges from a medium red to a deep red / brown and often has resin canals with white contents in concentric lines on end surfaces produce a warm and visually striking effect; the texture of Meranti Batu is moderately fine and grain is typically interlocked.
  • More Info: Meranti Batu hardwood has become one of the most popular exterior decking woods on the market today. Nova imports and distributes our Meranti Batu decking throughout the U.S. and Canada through a network of leading distributors and retailers. Nova's Meranti Batu is graded and inspected at the source by our own personnel ensuring that our material is of the highest quality.
  • Other Names: Shorea guiso, Red Balau, Alan Batu, Selangan Batu, Mangaris, Membatu.
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Batu, Red Balau Lumber Scientific Properties and Technical Specifications

  • Janka Hardness: 2,100 pounds
  • Strength (MOR): 18,400 psi
  • Stiffness (MOE): 2,560 1000 psi
  • Density (KG/m3): 850
  • Color: Russet red brown to medium brown
  • Photosensitivity: Yes, Meranti Batu darkens on exposure to UV light
  • Tangential Shrinkage: 6.3 %
  • Radial Shrinkage: 8.8 %
  • Family: Dipterocarpaceae
  • Tree Characteristics: Meranti Batu trees are up to 80 meters tall
  • Geographic Area: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines
  • Texture: Medium to fine
  • Grain: Straight grain
  • Luster: Medium
  • Durability Rating: Excellent. Nova offers a 25 year warranty on Meranti Batu against rot and decay in temperate climates.
  • Drying Characteristics: Meranti Batu dries rapidly with little decay
  • Working Characteristics: One of the easiest to work relative to typical high density tropical decking hardwoods. Meranti Batu is much easier to install than Ipe or Cumaru.
  • Applications: Meranti Batu is idea for exterior decking, millwork, railing, porch flooring, siding, soffit, wainscotting.
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