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Origin of Teak

High-End, Environmentally Conscious Decking

Teak (Tectona grandis) is found all over the world, in southeast Asia, the East Indies, Africa, and America. Our Teak is grown in 20–50 year plantations in Costa Rica, which means you’ll get the hardest, most durable wood without harming the environment. It’s a 100% renewable product guaranteed to last!

Teak is lighter than Ipe in both color and weight. Its color ranges from yellow brown to dark golden brown, darkening with age. Because it is less dense than Ipe, Teak is also generally easier to work with.

True, Genuine Teak Decking

Many people seek out genuine Teak, as some companies try to pawn off lesser quality woods such as Afrormosia Genuine Teak when it’s not even related. When in doubt the lumber world refers to the botanical Latin name which is Tectona Grandis. All of the Costa Rica teak we sell is of the Tectona Grandis botanical.

Teak wood is considered a classic choice and one of the best flooring and decking materials for its incredible durability, beauty and far superior look. They are not only very beautiful and exotic but also are among the most durable hardwood species.

Teak is still used in shipbuilding today as well as for furniture, flooring, and decking. All in all, teak wood is a beautiful and very shiny flooring option that can last for generations. The maintenance is easy and since it is naturally repellent to insects, moulds and similar issues. it is truly worth the money.

Teak has been prized since the 7th century for its beauty and durability. The oldest British warship still afloat, now called the HMS Trincomalee (originally the Foudroyant), was constructed of teak in 1817 and restored to its original beauty in 2001; it currently graces Hartlepool Historic Quay. Restoration was extensive – it was described as a rotting hulk – but the very fact that the ship was still afloat after 184 years on the water is a testament to the remarkable durability of teak.

Advantages of Teak:

This is one of the most popular choices for flooring owing to its hardness and beauty. The following are some major advantages associated with teak wood which makes it a preferred choice for indoors and outdoor.

  • It is tough

    Teak hardness is 3540 which is by far among the hardest available hardwood. Since the tensile strength is relatively high, it will not break or splinter under pressure and can resist most wear and tear and heavy foot traffic.

    1. Strong and durable

      Teak wood is very dense, its density being 720 kg/meter cube. The wood texture is hard and ring porous. Timber cut from old trees is more durable than plantation grown teak. When put under tension, it will resist most wear and tear, more than other types of hardwood floor can manage. it can be installed in heavy traffic areas.

  • High oil content

    They have high natural oil content which makes them resistant to pests and prolongs the life of the wood. It is also resistant to mould and rotting because of this. Note that accidents due to slipping will not happen because of the oil.

  • Significantly water resistant

    The tight grains prevent humidity and water penetration. The oil acts as a sealant giving further protection. Due to these properties’ teak can be used for the outdoors and rooms with humidity fluctuation.

    1. Water resistance

      Teak wood contains oil that resists the action of water, thus preventing the rusting of iron. It has a tight grain structure making it impossible for water and humidity to penetrate. Apart from using it as flooring in high humidity areas such as the bathroom and kitchen, you can use it for patios and floating decks.

  • Resistant to warping

    It does not bend or dent easily and is resistant to warp due to its grain structure and oil content. This means that the flooring can last for decades because of these properties.

  • Eco-friendly

    There are FSC certified harvesters who grow teak trees. Several man-made forests exist for this purpose, meaning it is eco-friendly. Just avoid buying teak wood that is harvested from a rainforest.

  • Does not dry out quickly

    The oil content in teak is pretty high. Basically, this means that teak will not dry out and crack even when it is not treated with oil or varnish. When the wood is finished, the moisture content is retained adding extra strength to it. Don’t worry, the oil content is not that high that you will slip on it; it’s just enough to keep the wood in great shape over the years.

    1. Good compatibility with iron and metals

      Wood is used in combination with iron and other types of metals and hence it is important that the metals do not corrode wood. The fact that wood can give out moisture when it faces a dry atmosphere means that it can cause metal to rust. Teak comes with natural oil that prevents rusting and is ideal for any flooring area.

    2. Requires maintenance every 2-3 years

      Though teak is a very strong wood, even it loses its sheen over a couple of years. You will have to have it oiled regularly to keep the floor is great condition for a long period of time.

Teak hardwood is an excellent choice for flooring, decking and furnitures. It imparts an exotic and rich look to your home and can last for a lifetime if maintained properly. The fact that it is so durable, and is resistant to water and insect repellant makes it even more of an inviting flooring option.

Teak data sheet

  1. Common name: Teak
  2. Scientific name: Tectona Grandis L.F.
  3. Family: Verbenacea
  4. Janka hardness: Axial direction: 489,50 kg Lateral direction: 488,00 kg
  5. Density: Kiln-dried 0,58 g/cm3
  6. Specific weight: dried 0,59g
  7. Caloric capacity: Dried at 12% 19390 Kj/Kg
  8. Shrinkage: Radial 2,6% Tangential 5,52% Volumetric 6,35%
  9. Color/Appearance: Visible marking between the sapwood and the heartwood, the pale yellow sapwood (5Y 8/2 to 5Y 8/3), the heartwood has greater color variation from pale yellow to light olive green brown colors (2,5Y 4/4 to 2.5Y 7/4)
  10. Texture: Medium to fine
  11. Smell: Characteristic smell
  12. Taste: Imperceptible or indistinctive
  13. Brightness: Opaque to slightly bright
  14. Veined: Very defined
  15. Type of grain: Straight to very straight
  16. Growth rings: Well-marked in dry sites, poorly defined in high rainfall sites
  17. Common uses: Ship and boatbuilding, furniture, exterior construction and small wood objects.
  18. Static bending: Modulus of Rupture (MOR) dried wood: 951,25 Kg/cm2 Modulus of Elasticity (MOE)*1000 dried wood: 131,5 Kg/cm2
  19. Durability: Highly resistant to fungus (trametes versicolor, pycnoporus sanguineus) and highly resistant to termites

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  • Delshad Saadi: +1 613 868 1536
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