Botanic Name: Tectona Grandis
Genuine teak only comes from trees of the scientific name Tectona Grandis; from any other tree, it is not genuine. Teak has several characteristics that make it optimal for use on your deck. Above all other woods, teak is resistant to rot and decay, and it is not normally attacked by insects. It also exhibits high levels of dimensional stability, which translates into minimal warping, even in the wet conditions of marine applications.
Once kiln dried, teak lumber will not absorb significant additional moisture, which further enhances its mechanical stability, giving your deck extraordinary longevity. For these reasons, as well as because of the natural oils and high levels of silicates which it possesses, teak can be left untreated on your deck. This provides a sure-footed, non-slip surface for you and your guests that will maintain its beauty and add value to your yachts for years to come. Teak is also an excellent deck to walk on, furthermore, teak decking provides a reduced load on your vessel’s climate control systems, lowering your operating costs.
Not all teak decks are created equal. Our experienced staff at Teakdecking Systems selects only the finest old-growth teak lumber from its natural range in Southeast Asia. Our teak comes from the oldest sustainably managed teak forests in the world with a history of environmentally sound forestry dating to 1856.
Our teak grows in upland deciduous forests with ideal soil and rainfall characteristics. In fact, when a mature teak tree is harvested it is replaced with saplings that begin life in nurseries. Because our teak is allowed to grow in its natural state for such a long time, it displays much tighter growth rings than teak grown under accelerated conditions in plantations outside of its natural range. This translates into a much more durable and beautiful deck for your yacht. And because it lasts longer, our teak reduces the demand on the resources required for its replacement, which is good for the environment.
Just as they were 150 years ago, our logs are selectively culled once they reach an age of 50 years or more, and they are still removed from the forest by elephants. Besides encouraging the conservation of an endangered species, using elephants to move teak logs eliminates the collateral damage of mechanical extraction including the burning of fossil fuels and the opening of logging roads that tend to promote deforestation through clear cutting. It is important to note that our teak is not a rainforest species.