Teak timber has a lot of desirable qualities that make it a useful timber for a wide variety of uses, this ranges from inside to outdoors and heavy duty to aesthetic purposes.
What are the most popular uses for teak timber?
Teak decking for boats
Decking for boats is one of the most popular uses for teak timber. It is best used for decking on high end boats and yachts that need restorations. Due to the way that teak timber wears, it can form its own natural non-slip surface which is ideal for boat deckings as these are very likely to be splashed with water and become slippery which can be dangerous. When it wears, teak becomes slightly softer which again makes it ideal for boats as there are high chances that people will be walking with minimal footwear.
Teak outdoor furniture
Another key use for teak timber is outdoor furniture. Due to teak’s great weathering capabilities it is a good long lasting material for benches, outdoor chairs and tables as it can also be left out all year round if there is no appropriate storage available. Although teak can become a little discoloured after time in the weather, it can easily be restored to its original colour with minimal maintenance and can therefore give the appearance of new outdoor furniture every year.
Due to the durable nature of teak timber it is regularly used as flooring in high end homes and apartments. With teak being able to last such a long time outdoors, it can last even longer with indoor use. Teak’s insulative characteristics mean that it can remain a consistent temperature so is comfortable to walk on regardless of temperatures outside. For example in hot weather, teak is good at remaining cool and vice versa.
Teak doors and window frames
Teak timber has a naturally high oil content which firstly gives it weather resistant properties but also is highly resistant to insects and rotting. This means that it is a great option for window frames and doors where there is the possibility of a mixture of temperatures and therefore condensation which can encourage the growth of mould in most circumstances. As discussed previously teak is a very strong and durable wood meaning that it is resilient and can be used for a number of years, which again makes it suitable for windows and doors.
Teak ornaments and accessories
Although less well known, teak timber has also been known to be used for sculptures and accessories such as jewellery and sunglasses. Teak has an attractive golden appearance making it perfect for aesthetic purposes such as ornaments and accessories to enhance the look of a home or fashion look.
Teak is a popular choice of timber for a number of different uses, from flooring to even earrings. Be sure to carry out your own research into the pros and cons of using teak for different purposes before purchasing. You can speak directly with wood specialists if you have any further questions or concerns.