Teak is a popular choice for hardwoods. Here it is Compared to KAYU Golden Balau
KAYU Golden Balau (aka Yellow Balau and Bangkirai) and Teak are exotic hardwoods similar in many ways. They both have a rich, golden brown color and have a high oil content which makes both hardwoods very durable and resistant to the elements, insects, twisting and warping. Because of the density of both species, Teak and Yellow Balau are popular choices for heavy duty applications, including (but not limited to) outdoor furniture, park benches, boat decks, bridges, decks, cabinets, doors and more.
Popular since the early part of the 20th century, Teak is more widely known than Yellow Balau or Bangkirai. However, prior to extensive knowledge of sustainable forestry practices, the rainforests where Teak was first sourced from have dwindled. In turn, Teak prices have soared to levels double, even triple of Yellow Balau.
There have been recent, strong efforts to replant and harvest Teak faster and more responsibly in plantations. Though plantation grown Teak is legal and much more sustainably friendly than previous, naturally grown Teak, some of the original mechanical properties can be lost.
On the contrary, Yellow Balau, also known as Bangkirai has and always will be sourced sustainably in accordance with established agencies. Another huge benefit for the environmentally conscious is the foundation of Indonesia’s SVLK wood legality and verification system and chain of custody program. SVLK provides information on the entire supply chain, allowing the wood to be completely traceable and completely legal. Best of all, the SVLK is mandatory, so you can be assured your KAYU Yellow Balau will come from a legal, sustainable sources.
Furthermore, KAYU now offers 100% FSC Golden Balau decking so you can be even more assured of its sound environmental impact.
In summary, both Teak and Yellow Balau are beautiful and durable exotic hardwoods great for infinite outdoor and indoor applications. There is a definite price point advantage with KAYU Golden Balau (Yellow Balau / Bangkirai) and a long history of sustainable forestry practices but Teak does give a strong level of familiarity to many.