Tectona Grandis. The King of Woods.
Teak is one of the world’s most valuable woods. Originally from Southeast Asia, it has been used for over 2,000 years. It was valued for its extraordinary durability and workable characteristics. In fact, teak can be found in temples and palaces in the Far East with floors, walls and even beams that have lasted for centuries. Teak seeds were first introduced to Costa Rica from Burma between 1927 and 1929. The favorable Costa Rican climate is ideal for growing teak: sun, rain and soil.
US Thermal Wood owns large teak plantations in central and southwest Costa Rica. We grow, manage and harvest teak as well as cypress, melina, black walnut and pochote. We import this wood into the US in the form of logs, lumber and finished products. Our teak is a natural mix of sapwood and heartwood: 30% to 70%. By thermally treating teak, we’re able to significantly reduce the color distance in the wood turning it a rich , beautiful chocolate brown color similar to old-growth teak. Like all woods, over time and with prolonged exposure to the elements, thermal teak will turn a natural silver gray when installed outdoors.
The most beautiful and versatile wood in the world.
There are many advantages to using teak. Here are just a few:
- Teak is impervious to water and moisture.
- Teak is highly resistant to insects.
- Teak is very stable. Once put in place it will not move, buckle, cup or twist.
- Teak can be sanded to a very smooth, near “glass-like” finish.
- Teak can be stained to any color. Even when left unfinished it retains a beautiful, natural patina (which will silver over time)
The biggest advantage to using teak…it’s simply beautiful.
Teak – so versatile.
Teak is used for docks, residential decks, yacht decking and edging, stair treads, window trim, entry doors, indoor and outdoor furniture, decorative items, flooring and wall & ceiling paneling.