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True Teak Species Details   (Back to Species List)

Detailed information pertaining to True Teak (Tectona, grandis) is detailed below:

Specie Names
Lumber Name(s): True Teak.
Grown in: Burma and Thailand naturally and then in plantations throughout the tropical world.
True Teak has been prized for centuries as one of the worlds most durable and stable woods for outdoor use. Traditionally used on boats and in outdoor furniture, Teak has also been widely used for flooring.
Color Range and Color Change
Color Range: True Teak exhibits a wide range of colors when fresh cut, from pale yellows to orange browns with darker striping, all of which mellows into medium brown tones.
Color Change: True Teak undergoes an extreme degree of color change with pronounced color change from the highly variegated coloring found in material fresh sanded which then darkens to a golden brown with substantial muting of the initial color range over time.
Where to Use
True Teak may be used residentially wherever the distinguished look of one of the world’s most prized woods is desired.
Special Characteristics and Issues
Site Sanding/ Finishing: True Teak is known to have adverse reactions when many oil based finishes are used with this wood. Many oil finishes will not dry properly when used on True Teak. In general, most water based finishes work with True Teak.
Allergic Reactions: True Teak is known to cause both contact dermatitis and respiratory reactions when coming into contact with the dust. Care must be taken when cutting or sanding this wood..
Product availability
Available in the following collections: Monte Verde.
See a list of all True Teak products.
Hardness Chart
Hardness Chart for True Teak.
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