Technical Sheet

Yellow Balau (Bangkirai)

“Renowned for its durability, the Yellow Balau is a strong timber that offers a range of warm colours and an even texture which make it one of the most popular choices for deck construction.”

Botanical Name:

Shorea laevis

Other Common Names:

Yellow Balau, Bangkirai, Selangan Batu

Country of Origin:


From Forest to Factory

The Yellow Balau has natural properties to resist rust, fire, decay, and fungi. This durable hardwood is very resistant to extreme weather, bugs, and damage from warping or twisting. It is ideally used for:

  • Terraces
  • Outdoor usage
  • Ships and boats
  • Flooring
  • Bridges
  • Heavy carpentry
  • Poles
  • Boxes and crates


Balau is not a single tree species but the term used for trees of the Shorea genus. The Yellow Balau grows in the tropical rainforests throughout Asia. Balau trees can reach heights up to 40 metres and the wood is famous for its hardwood qualities.

Described as being very durable, it offers a unique range of warm colours of golden-brown, brown, or reddish-brown with interlocked grain, and a moderately fine and even texture.

This timber blends in beautifully within a natural environment.

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