Teak has a centuries-old reputation as the king of timbers. It is highly durable, easily worked, attractive, strong and relatively light. With the decreasing availability of teak from natural forest, plantations are an increasingly important source of timber to meet the demand. The growing environmental awareness has created a substantial opposition towards using teak from natural forest – the answer is of course cultivated teak.
Today teak is the only specie of the dark wood being planted massively. As the international market mainly will face a supply of white woods, a dark wood like teak will have little competition. With teak remaining one of the world’s most valuable timbers, interest in growing and investing in the species will remain high.
Teak is exceptionally resistant in an outdoor environment. It has a high content of silicon and tannin acids and is a medium heavy wood species with minimal movements during changes in the moisture ratio. It has good resistance to decay and insects, including termites.
The wood species also has preservative properties which counter corrosion on metal mountings. After three years, the wood will have developed fire resistant properties, allowing the timber a natural fire protection.