|A truly unique material.
Teak is extremely dense-grained and incredibly high in natural oil that acts as
a long-lasting preservative to prevent rot, warping, shrinking, swelling, as
well as splintering ... and without the periodic sealing that other woods
require. The oils in teak even act as a natural insect repellent, giving the
wood a high resistance to termites.
Durability aside, one of teak's most enduring features is the unique
silvery-gray patina that develops after six to nine months of exposure to the
elements. It takes on a quality, classical look that seems to say, ‘"I'm
the best that money can buy, and I'm going to last for a long time!" (If
that sounds like bragging, remember it's not bragging when it can deliver.)
Teak does not grow in the rain forests. Ours comes exclusively from
"controlled-growth" plantations in the dry, hilly terrain of
Indonesia and southeast Asia. The trees are harvested after 50 to 60 years of
growth and are replenished by annual plantings.