Stunning, strong, and stable, Teak is definitely one of a kind. Long a favorite for high-end yachts, this remarkable species has also become available for home builders. Old growth Teak does have a down side, though: its unusually limited growth range of Burma combines with political fluctuations to make it difficult to source. J. Gibson McIlvain remains the largest Teak importer in the U.S. and currently possesses a significant inventory of this highly prized species.
If you asked those who love Teak what they appreciate most about it, the top answer would probably be its appearance; its golden brown color combines with its amazingly straight grain for an incredibly striking visual effect. However, many customers may not realize that when Teak is first milled, it barely resembles its time-mellowed counterpart. Freshly milled Teak often displays a streaky, colorful appearance which many wouldn’t even associate with quality lumber of any species! Over time and with exposure to the sun, though, Teak will mellow and become the beautiful species we all know it to be. With straight grain, this species is able to allow matching over wide surface areas, extending the beauty beyond its natural limitations.
Teak is far more than just a pretty face; its strength and stability make it a durable option for all kinds of construction. Thanks in part to the silica content of the sandy soil in which it grows, old growth Teak possesses a remarkable water resistance. The Teak tree’s natural oils also contribute to its weather resistance, while repelling insects as well. This wood’s stability allows it to retain its shape long after being milled and to perform well in projects with close clearances.
Of course, the water-resistant nature of Teak makes it perfect for marine applications. Inland applications are made possible with FEQ Teak that just isn’t quite perfect enough to make it at sea; yet these boards are ideal for use in decking or for siding, trim, or windows.
As you consider using Teak for an upcoming project, you do need to consider whether it will need to be re-dried. It typically arrives on our shores in the U.S. kiln-dried to a moisture content between 12 and 15%. For interior applications or projects requiring tight clearances, you will need to have your Teak re-dried to between 6 and 8% moisture content.
Due to the volatility of US-Burma relations, we cannot predict when we will be able to receive our next shipment of Teak. For those desiring FEQ Teak, we highly recommend placing your order as soon as possible, while we retain plenty of Teak in our present inventory.
J. Gibson McIlvain currently has plenty of Teak in stock, including up to 24-inch thicknesses and extra-long boards up to 20 feet in length.