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. Batu / Red Balau 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 Batu / Red Balau is moderately fine and grain is typically interlocked.
  • More Info: Batu / Red Balau hardwood has become one of the most popular exterior decking woods on the market today. Nova imports and distributes our Batu / Red Balau decking throughout the U.S. and Canada through a network of leading distributors and retailers. Nova's Batu / Red Balau 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, Batu / Red Balau darkens on exposure to UV light
  • Tangential Shrinkage: 8.8%
  • Radial Shrinkage: 6.3%
  • Family: Dipterocarpaceae
  • Tree Characteristics: Batu / Red Balau 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: Batu / Red Balau 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: Batu / Red Balau is idea for exterior decking, millwork, railing, porch flooring, siding, soffit, wainscotting.

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