Balau Decking Adds a Touch of Class

balau decking

Used all over the world as one of the more high-end and truly eye-catching decking materials, it’s not uncommon to find luxury homes that have balau decking installed all over their property. Widely prized for its deep and rich colours as well as the minimal nodding that it has in its natural state, balau decking can produce truly innovative decking designs with very little effort whatsoever simply on the merits of its own aesthetic. Of course, it’s not exactly the cheapest option around – but then again, if you have the money to install this kind of material you’re probably not really worried about that!

What you should be worried about, however, is the simple fact that there are two major issues and critical details that most balau decking owners simply don’t understand. Other are completely unaware of, or sadly haven’t been told about by their decking installers. While this certainly isn’t a life or death situation, it can definitely protect your deck and more importantly your investment.

Proper Preparation Prevents Sad Faces & Expensive Repairs

Because of the natural tendencies of wood to move, shift, shrink, and expand even decades after its been installed, you need to minimize the moisture content of this specific wood as much as humanly possible. Almost all decking material companies will kiln dry there wood between 60 and 90 days, and very frequently even longer if we’re talking about producing balau decking. This is simply because of this exotic hardwood has a high moisture content and due to its unique cellular make-up it doesn’t shed that moisture nearly as effortlessly as other materials. If the decking material you or your installers are working with has not been dried properly you may not initially see any of the issues that will certainly crop up in later years. However, the problems will be there, festering away underneath your beautiful wooden surface.

Aside from kiln drying your decking material all on your own – probably not a viable option for too many people – you’ll want to move forward only with people and manufacturers that can verify that they have dried out all of the balau wood and/or decking to the proper moisture content level. This is the kind of information you simply cannot move forward without, giving you the peace of mind that your expensive deck is going to look absolutely fantastic for years and years to come.

Importation Issues for this Exotic Hardwood

Because the balau wood species is not indigenous to anywhere outside of Southeast Asia – you’re going to need to spend a considerable amount of money to track down all of the material you’ll need to pull off large exterior projects.

Obviously, if you’re working with a dedicated decking manufacturer or installer then this isn’t as big an issue – but things can certainly become a little bit tricky if you need to source the material all on your own or through an intermediary. This will require handling all of the subtle details necessary for importing of this exotic hardwood, including liaising with UK customs officials which is something that you may not have signed up for in the first place.

On the other hand, you can very often eliminate a significant amount of the cost of implementing this kind of truly original decking material which would be otherwise soaked up by the various middleman. Depending upon just how much effort and like work you’re willing to do, importing might be a viable option for you but for most people dealing with a reputable and preferably local decking supplier is by far the easiest method.

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