While Teak is well known for its many excellent characteristics within the boat-building industry, some in the home-building industry may not even have this amazing exotic hardwood species on their radar. With an increasing amount of above-grade Teak that fails to meet the needs of boat builders, home builders now have a unique opportunity to access already-imported Teak. If you’re not familiar with Teak at all, then this article is for you.
Teak’s Amazing Appearance
One of the characteristics of Teak that contribute most to its popularity is its unusually striking appearance. Teak is well known for its mellow, golden brown hue. Despite its typical gorgeous coloring, though, you should be aware of Teak’s unusually dramatic color change: when freshly milled, it can appear blotchy and display a wide variety of colors. But don’t worry. With time, oxidation, and light exposure, the blotchy areas will transform into exactly the color for which we all adore Teak.
In addition to its golden brown color, Teak’s spectacular look includes extremely consistent vertical grain. Of course, not all Teak has perfectly consistent grain patterns, but if you purchase your Teak from J. Gibson McIlvain, you can be assured that the Teak you purchase will be First European Quality (or FEQ) Teak with an exceptionally consistent appearance, including both color and grain.
Teak’s Remarkable Resilience
Of course, the only reason so many people love Teak isn’t its appearance; this species is extremely durable and stable, too. The chief characteristics that boat builders appreciate about it is its (nearly) weatherproof nature. This benefit is caused by the silica content that comes from the sandy soil in Southeast Asia. Adding to the silica content, Teak’s natural oils provide excellent insect resistance. (Note that plantation-grown Teak lacks the same degree of silica content; for that reason, J. Gibson McIlvain sources only authentic Burmese Teak.)
After you mill it, Teak will hold its shape well and demonstrate a high degree of stability, allowing it to withstand harsh conditions, even in applications with tight tolerances.
Teak’s Alluring Availability
As one of the largest importers of FEQ Burmese Teak in the U.S., J. Gibson McIlvain has built relationships with Myanmar mills over centuries. We keep tabs on the constantly fluctuating political situation and forestry industry in Myanmar. Among other benefits, this kind of quality control allows us to ensure that the Teak you buy from us is both legally and sustainably sourced. As U.S. relationships with Myanmar continue to evolve, we will continue to do our diligence to ensure we continue providing our valued customers with high-quality Teak.
We are currently able to operate under a license from the IWPA that allows us the privilege of legally and directly importing Teak from Myanmar. Because of this unique license, we currently have the privilege of carrying Teak in many sizes. We are even able to secure unusual sizes such as extremely long or wide boards, which are sawn primarily for the boating industry.