Golden Balau Hardwood Decking

Sourced only from countries that are leaders in ecological, sustainable forestry practices, our Golden Balau Hardwood Decking is a dense, exotic hardwood known for its strength and durability. Similar to Teak in color, this 5/4×6″ decking will perform admirably for years, even in wet climates.  One of the hardest, strongest and most durable of all woods, our Golden Balau Hardwood Decking is highly resistant to decay, insect and mold.

  • Warm, gold-reddish-brown hues
  • Class A Flame Spread Rating (same as concrete and steel)
  • Similar to lpe in density, strength and durability
  • Proven performer for decades in demanding applications, including commercial, high traffic areas, as well as in extreme climates
  • Excellent value compared to similar hardwoods and composites
  • Can be as low maintenance as you desire, with no ill effects to its longevity or durability
  • Naturally resistant to rot, decay, insects and mold
  • Sustainably harvested from well-managed forests
  • 100% Clear Grade and kiln dried
  • 25 Year Limited Warranty
  • In stock and ready to deliver!

 

Golden Balau Hardwood Decking used as vertical fencing

After installation, if desired, you may simply allow your Golden Balau Hardwood Decking to weather to a lovely grey patina with no ill effects.  And, if you change your mind, you can always clean it and oil it to bring back the wood’s natural rich hues and warmth.

Should you wish to keep the beautiful range of colors from day one, we recommend finishing the Golden Balau Hardwood Decking with a penetrating oil specifically formulated for use on hardwoods, such as Penofin Hardwood exterior. This unique formula penetrates deep into the wood fibers and does not create a surface film. This allows the wood to breathe, as well as stabilize it.

We recommend coating all four sides prior to installation.  To maintain the colors, re-stain the surface of your deck with a hardwood decking oil approximately every 6-12 months depending on your climate conditions.

Golden Balau Hardwood Decking Performs well in even extreme climates

 All this at pricing similar to clear grade softwoods and composite decking!

Because all natural wood is subject to expansion and contraction as the moisture in the environment changes, shrinkage, expansion, checking and other movement are normal occurrences.  For help with installation, as well as care and maintenance, please refer to our Red Balau “Mahogany” decking blog by clicking HERE

Golden Balau Decking is extremely durable

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Ipe Decking

Ipê (pronounced E-pay) originates from countries in Central and South America and is harvested from responsibly managed forests. Ipe has natural properties that make it one of the toughest and longest lasting decking materials available.

Also known as Brazilian Walnut and sold under proprietary names, such as Iron Wood, Ipe decking is highly prized for its unique properties, including shear strength and natural beauty. With its extremely dense and tight grain, its rich brown, red and amber hues naturally resist wear, rot, splintering, termites, fire, chemicals and virtually every other threat imaginable. Due to the wood’s fine texture and interlocking grain, which can be wavy or straight, Ipe offers superior slip resistance, which makes it ideal for decks and boardwalks.

Comparison Chart of Hardwood Decking, Composite and Cedar Decking

Perfect for residential or commercial applications, an outdoor finish, such as Penofin Hardwood Formula, can be periodically applied to maintain the decking’s rich natural color or left unsealed to weather to a handsome silver patina with no ill effects.   Because Ipe is so naturally strong, dense and hard, even high traffic areas will remain splinter free for years, even if the decking is left untreated.

Ipe decking naturally resists wear, rot, splintering, pests, fire and virtually every other threat imaginable

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Deck Installation Tips

If you haven’t already, please be sure to visit our previous blog Tips for Designing Your Dream Deck. Once you have determined the deck you want to build, here are some tips to help you get closer to having the deck of your dreams!

#1 – Before You Do ANYTHING else, contact your local Building Department to discuss what permitting is required and what you will need to do in order to obtain a permit, such as drawings, fees, etc. Next, contact your utility companies to ensure no lines will be disturbed or disrupted.

deck part identification chart by DIY Technologies

Figuring Your Materials

After you determined your joist spacing and size, deck height and footing requirements (see Designing Your Dream Deck if you need help with this), put your framing package list together. Be sure to include a count of corrosion resistant fasteners including all the joist hangers, post bases, post to beam to connectors, as well as any flashing that is need.

All deck framing should be Ground Contact Pressure Treated material with a minimum
ACQ rating 0.40 pcf.

Decking needed per 100 square feet (includes 5% waste)

  • 4” product – 320 lineal feet
  • 6” product – 210 lineal feet

Determining the correct number of fasteners will vary based on the decking selected as well as the joist spacing. When face screwing (or nailing) a 6” product down on framing that is 16” on center, you will need approximately 350 screws per 100 square feet, and approximately 480 screws per 100 square feet with the same 16” on center joist framing for 4” material, when using two screws per joist. For other types of fasteners, refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

If you have selected to use Western Red Cedar as your decking, now is the right time to
determine what product you will use to help protect the wood. We recommend using good quality penetrating oil product with mold and mildew inhibitors, as well as UV protection, such as Ultra Premium Red Label Penofin. This should be applied to all four sides of the decking prior to installation for optimum results.

If you have selected an exotic hardwood for your decking, such as Red Balau “Mahogany” or Ipe, you can either choose to apply a penetrating oil to the wood to help it maintain its beautiful color prior to installation (all four sides is recommended), or if you wish for it to simply weather to a beautiful silvery – grey, you can skip this step.

Red Balau Mahogany Decking

Other Items Needed

  • Chalk Line
  • Circular Saw
  • Concrete
  • Hammer
  • Crescent Wrench
  • Drill and Bits
  • Dust Mask
  • Extension Cord
  • Framing Square
  • Gloves
  • Hearing Protection
  • Hand Saw
  • Hoe & Hose (to mix concrete)
  • Ladder
  • Level
  • Nail Set
  • Pencil
  • Pick
  • Plumb Bob
  • Post Hole Digger
  • Ruler
  • Safety Glasses
  • Screwdrivers
  • Shims
  • Shovel
  • Socket Wrench
  • String
  • Tape Measure
  • Tool Belt
  • Wheelbarrow

Getting Ready to Build

Once your materials have arrived on the job site, keep them covered when not in use to keep them clean, as well as to prevent twisting and warping, especially when it is hot or under direct sunlight.

Framing Tips

When framing your new deck be sure to allow for proper water drainage. A deck should angle away from the structure a minimum of 1/8” for every 8 feet to reduce the possibility of standing water. In general, a deck should be installed 18” off the ground for proper air flow (or as specified by the decking manufacturer) to provide adequate ventilation to minimize cupping and warping of the deck top.

It is advised to wear gloves while handling Pressure Treated Materials and to always use ear and eye protection when sawing, drilling or cutting wood. Left over scraps of Pressure Treated materials should be disposed of properly. Never burn them.

Install the ledger to the house. This will provide stability of the deck. Use string to find your footings and to ensure your deck is square. Remove the sod and dig your footings for the posts.  Post holes should be at least 24” deep or up to 4’ deep depending on the frost line in your area, as well as the height of the column.

Install your perimeter posts, then attach your beams to your posts. Attach braces to any posts over 5’ high. Next lay out your joists and install them using either joist hangers or by toe nailing. Add blocking between your joists to minimize warping.

Decking Tips

When installing the deck top, be sure to allow for adequate gaps between boards. This allows ventilation, as well as room for water to drain away. Inadequate gap space between boards puts additional strain on the fasteners and can cause broken screws or nail pops. Avoid over driving any fasteners.

Laying out decking

When face screwing any hardwood decking, pre-drilling is recommended; as well as when
screwing or nailing close to the edge of any wood board to minimize splitting.  Allow small gaps between butt joints to allow the material to expand and contract during weather changes.

Measure once, cut twice!

Our team of experts are also available to assist you with questions regarding product selection as well as creating a materials list.

timbertech decking

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Red Balau “Mahogany” Decking Installation and Maintenance

Our Red Batu or Balau, commonly referred to as “Mahogany”, hardwood decking is sourced only from countries that are leaders in ecological, sustainable forestry practices. This 100% natural, uniquely
beautiful, low maintenance decking comes with a 25 Year Limited Warranty.

Mahogany Decking

Extremely strong and durable hardwood decking!

Used for over 50 years extensively in the USA and abroad in the most demanding applications such as wharves, boardwalks, fishing boat decks and mine shaft timbers, it is resistant to termites and fungus.

Decking that is easy to maintain!

Penetrating finishes are best at protecting your mahogany deck and minimize
maintenance. We recommend using a finish, such as Penofin, with U.V. inhibitors to reduce fading from sunlight and mildew retardants to minimize black mildew that may form, especially in wet or damp areas.  However, if you wish to let it weather to a beautiful grey, no maintenance other than light pressure washing is ever needed.

All this at comparable price to similar clear grade softwoods and composite / plastics! 5/4×6″ decking in stock and ready to deliver!

Red Mahogany Decking

Storage and Handling

  • Keep your decking clean, dry and out of direct sunlight before installation and finishing

Finishing

  • For optimum results, seal decking with a high quality penetrating sealer, such as Penofin Hardwood Formula, on all four sides prior to installation if possible
    Due to the extremely dense properties of this wood, a second field coat is recommended after “seasoning”
  • Use care when applying any finish to wipe away any excess. Do not allow too pool or drip.  For more tips on application, please visit the Penofin website HERE
  • Should you wish to allow your decking to weather to a beautiful silver patina, no finish is necessary
  • No need to wax ends

Ventilation and Air Flow

  • Check and follow all local building codes!
  • Allow adequate ventilation for proper air flow to reduce cupping and checking potential
  • For maximum long term stability, install deck with a minimum ground clearance of 18″ with at least two sides of the deck open
  • In all cases, it is absolutely necessary to have at least 50% unrestricted air flow
    Create a slope for drainage so there is no chance of standing water
  • If a minimum ground clearance of 18″ is not available, it is recommended to use 5/4×4″ decking

Spacing

  • Our mahogany decking is kiln dried. Unlike air dried boards, shrinkage is very limited. However, excessive moisture may cause the boards to expand slightly
    Install 6″ decking (5-1/2″ net) with a minimum gap of 1/4″ between boards. 4″ decking (3-1/2″ net) should have a minimum of 3/16″ between each board
  • In more demanding applications, such as boat docks, decks build closer to the ground and decks with less airflow, a minimum of 5/16″ for 6″ decking and a minimum of 1/4″ for 4″decking is required
  • This decking does not shrink or expand end to end, so neatly trim ends and butt together

Fastening

  • Pre-drill pilot holes and countersink screws. We recommend using stainless steel fastners and have countersinking tools in stock available to help
  • Face screwing or edge screwing are the most effective methods of installation. Color
    matched Headcoat Stainless Steel Screws are available and provide beautiful results time and time again
  • Hidden clip fasteners and nails are not recommended and my void warranty

Maximum Allowable Decking Spans

  • 1×4 and 1×6 ~ 16″ on center
  • 5/4×4 and 5/4×6 ~ 24″ on center

Safety

  • Though we have had no reports of irritation of any kind with this hardwood, we still recommend wearing protective eye wear, dust masks and gloves during installation

 

z3 mahogany

Warranty ~ As provided by KAYU International

KAYU ® International Inc. hereinafter “Warrantor” warrants that KAYU Batu, which is a
naturally durable and stable wood, will not suffer structural damage from rot, termite damage,or fungal decay for at least 25 years, when:

  • Purchased from an official KAYU dealer as our normal “clear grade”
  • Used in a residential structure
  • Installed with a minimum gap between 3-1/2″ boards of at least 3/16″ inches and minimum 1/4″ between 5-1/2″ boards.
  • Installed with a minimum ground clearance of 18 inches; with well ventilated airflow
    underneath which means at least two sides of the deck allowing at least 50% unrestricted air flow. Water must not be allowed to become “standing” underneath the deck and must have proper slopped, drainage.
  • Decking is sealed with a high quality penetrating oil sealer, on all four sides prior to
    installation. Sealing one side can create uneven moisture flow.
  • The installation must meet all applicable construction and safety codes.
  • Purchaser’s sole remedy for any claim will be only for replacement of KAYU decking material for the affected material claimed. Warranty does not include installation labor.
  • Purchaser is solely responsible for determining whether KAYU Batu meets any applicable safety, building codes, health or other regulations. Warrantor
    shall not be liable for installation or re-installation costs or for any indirect, punitive, consequential, or exemplary damages of any kind whatsoever arising from purchasers purchase of KAYU Batu or any KAYU decking.
  • KAYU decking products are stable hardwoods, with proven performance in decking applications for decades. Excessive movement is defined as twisting or warping over a half inch. ANY visible quality issues must be dealt with PRIOR to installation. Minor surface checking is a normaloccurrence and is not a warranty issue.
  • The above remedy is exclusive and is in lieu of all other remedies, expressed, implied, or statutory, including but not limited to any and all other obligations, or liabilities. In order to validate the warranty, you must complete and mail the attached warranty card within 100 days of installation.

To validate your warranty

Send the following information to:

KAYU International, Inc. PO BOX 368, West Linn, OR, 97068
You must include:
1. Copy of your purchase receipt
2. Dated photograph showing proper deck spacing (place a ruler/tape measure in the photo
for reference)
3. Your name
4. Your address
5. Where you purchased the decking
6. Date deck completed

Disclaimer
KAYU hardwood decking products are carefully selected and inspected to ensure its
finest quality. However, all natural wood is subject to expansion and contraction as the
moisture in the environment surrounding the wood changes. Shrinkage, expansion,
checking and slight cupping and other movement are normal occurrences in all
hardwood decking. Natural wood products are subject to variances in color, grain,
density and performance photo.

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