Please note that iWood is a wholesale timber merchant, and because much of our timber is imported to order, we have a minimum order amount of £1,000 ex VAT (£1,200 inc VAT).
Teak: A Highly Durable Super-Timber
As teak wood suppliers we can safely say that in the world of hardwoods, teak is a stand-out timber for strength and durability.
Teak wood is one of the most highly durable timbers available. It contains its own natural oils and rubbers giving it extraordinary resistance to chemical and insect attack, including the hardships a marine environment can throw at it.
Teak is also incredibly hard celled, meaning it has extreme strength and resistance to crushing, making it ideal for high-wear areas, such as boat decking.
Uses of Teak Wood
Because of its immense durability and stability, it's commonly used in boatbuilding for decks and marine joinery work.
The stability of teak timber means very little movement when exposed to moisture.
This wood is extremely hardwearing and used wherever the timber is expected to experience a lot of use and weathering.
Teak boards are also very popular as a high-end garden decking.
Teak Size Availability
Teak is imported in fixed widths and thicknesses.
We can supply a range of teak in thicknesses of 25, 32, 38, 50, 63, 75 and 100mm, in widths up to 250mm.
Treating Teak Timber
Teak is only usually treated to maintain the colour and put off fading to silver grey from exposure to sunlight. Because teak is so durable already, treating it doesn't add to its lifespan and is not required if you don't mind or want to actively encourage the silver grey colour.
Teak is a tropical hardwood. The teak we supply is from Burma.
While teak is available from other countries, when people refer to it, they are most often referring to Burmese teak.
Because teak is such a hard and dense timber, it must be pre-drilled so it doesn't split, rather than nailing straight through the boards. Teak also glues well on freshly revealed (ie sanded) surfaces.
Send your teak enquiry to us above and we'll get back to you with our best price. Alternatively, call us on 01889 279018.
History of Teak
Teak originates from Asia and was first found in Burma, Sri Lanka and India. Teak was then exported to and grown in other parts of the world at the start of
the 20th Century (starting in Nigeria). Although the timber was used abroad well before then and even the British Navy in the late 1600’s wanted to use Teak
on their own ships.
Native Tribes in Southern Asia found another use for Teak when they started using it to help with digestive difficulties. The bark of the tree was brewed
into a tea like drink which tended to help with fever, headaches and stomach pains as well.
Teak is still commonly used for boat building and decking because of its long life. In the past the timber was used exclusively for ship floors and palaces
all over the world used Teak for structural support.