October 12, 2015

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Strengths and Properties of Teak Wood

“Tectona Grandis”, commonly known as “teak”, are hardwood trees that typically grow in tropical climates within South East Asia. Teak wood is known to be one of the strongest trees on the planet as it can withstand the harsh tropical weather conditions. However, teak’s elasticity and fibrous characteristics make it a useful component when it comes to crafting and woodworks. Growing up to 40 metres long, teak wood is known to last for extensive periods of time of up to 100 years. Teak wood can be identified by its golden brown timber that is easy on the eye. The tree itself often grows small white flowers, which can be located at the bottom of the tree.

It can stand the test of time.

The durability of teak wood makes it a valuable resource, often being used to construct ship decking due to its ability to withstand the harshest storms. Most types of wood often wear out over time due to their limited longevity. Compared to teak wood, the durability is synonymous with some types of metal. Teak is often used to craft outdoor furniture, as its multiple perks can be utilised in an outdoor environment. The natural weather resistant properties of teak guarantees that no unwanted damage is inflicted upon it.

Other durability factors of teak wood include:

  • Century old artefacts from Western India made from teak wood have been found intact.
  • Old teak is often reclaimed and used to craft new items. The teak suffers no aesthetic damages from being broken down for crafting materials.
  • Its natural oils act as a barrier that protects it from termites and unwanted exposure.
  • Teak wood has been used for thousands of years, as its durability has been recognised since the 17th

Outstanding appearance.

While teak’s durability assures its longevity and survivability, it’s not the only positive factor it has going for it. Teak has a beautiful golden brown colour which retains a natural aesthetic when crafted into specific items such as outdoor furniture and decking. Teak’s natural oils maintain its beauty as it acts as a repellent for insects, as well as preventing any fungi and rot which is a common problem with other varieties of wood. The oil also ensures teak will always maintain its remarkable appearance. This results in teak wood being one of the most visually appealing varieties of wood around.

Teak is of high demand on the market due to its multiple positive components such as its natural aesthetic, durability and longevity.    

Here are some facts and ideas on how to properly maintain items that are crafted from teak wood.

  • Teak wood will change its colour to silver grey over time. Although the certain look is rather appealing, using a water based sealant can maintain its traditional golden brown appearance.
  • Most other varieties of wood will require and extensive amount of maintenance after it has gone through a rough storm. Teak wood however will not require any further maintenance after going through harsh weather conditions.

Teak can also be described as environmentally friendly.

Indonesia is the largest supplier of teak wood in the world and are committed to the preservation of natural forests that contain large quantities of Tectona Grandis. Various plantations grow Tectona Grandis for the sole purpose of harvesting teak. The Indonesian government allows the exportation of teak wood with the utilisation of teak plantations located across Indonesia. This assures the preservation of Tectona Grandis as it will continue to grow naturally in its own environment without the threat of deforestation.

The growth rate of Tectona Grandis allows plantations to harvest teak wood in a significant and timely manner. Teak produced at plantations is of the highest quality, harbouring all aspects of teak in an environmentally conscious manner. Older teak trees are chosen to harvest as they often product the highest quality of wood.