Hong Ye’s Chengal
A common wood choice for outdoor decking in Singapore. Originating from malaysia, chengal has been a well-known tropical hardwood for outdoor decking over the years. It is durable and highly resistant to termite infestation and fungi attacks.
A unique characteristics of chengal is the small pin-holes caused by ambrosia beetles boring into the living trees.
One has to note that due to conservation measures implemented to prevent further cutting down of chengal trees, a bulk of the chengal timber supply in singapore are from young immature chengal trees. The tendencies of cracking on the surface is high if it’s not well maintained.