Teak wood is an extremely rare wood and until 2019 we did not even offer it. The reason for this is that is Teak has a sordid past, in which it was being harvested illegally and unethically. The wood is highly sought after for things like boats, ships, outdoor furniture, countertops, and even flooring. Since those times special regulations have been put on the importation of Teak in an attempt to help prevent these things from happening. Most industry professionals would agree that Teak is the finest wood in the world. We are happy to work with only companies that ethically and legally obtain Teak wood.
Teak Lumber Cost
Because of the limited supply and demand for Teak hardwood lumber, it is very expensive. Teak is the wood used when nothing but the finest will do and the price is not a problem. People will fly in from around the world just to look at a single board. Since a single board can cost upwards of $3,000 it is no wonder the lengths that people will go to to ensure their boards are exactly what they way. We sell Teak planks and Teak boards at the lowest prices for real (not plantation teak) teak. Any project will require a special quote and usually custom milling at our state of the art facilities. We can even take pictures of the boards to ensure you get the ones that you would like.
Why is Teak Amazing?
The extremely oily teak wood, tight and dense grain and high tensile strength help it to have extreme resistance to weather. This is why it is so popular on boats, which encounter many extreme weather conditions. This is also what makes it popular for outdoor applications. The only reason that Ipe has become more popular than Teak is the accessibility to the lumber and cost. Building a deck or fence out of Teak would be cost-prohibitive. But then again we have seen it happen for those lucky few that only want the best.
Don’t Be Fooled by “Fake” Teak
Not all Teak is equal. It is important to note that because of the difficulty that arose in importing Teak, that some places use “farm” or “plantation” Teak. Farm-raised teak does not compare, as it is in some cases only 1/5 as dense as natural teak and will not last as long or stand up to the elements the way the real Teak will. In fact, it shares very few characteristics with real teak.
Other Teak Facts
Teak’s actual name is Tecona grandis. Teak lumber actually has to be dried before it can be used as lumber for 1 to 2 years. The trees that teak comes from can grow over 128 feet tall. Real teak (not farm-raised or plantation) comes primarily from Southeast Asia. The trees that are best for use on commercial, residential or marine applications range from 42-80 years old.