Are you ready to upgrade your home? There are few things you can do as a homeowner that add more return on investment than the addition of a deck. Once you’ve made the decision to take the plunge and build a deck, it’s time to decide what material is best for your project. There are a multitude of materials out there to choose from, but we at Premium Decking Products recommend taking a second look at teak wood for your decking. Teak heralds from the forests of Southeast Asia, and is one of the most valuable timbers in the world. It was traditionally used for marine lumber given its natural water resistance and renowned durability, and it remains a popular favorite in Hollywood for construction projects. Read on for 4 more considerations before you choose teak wood for your deck.
Aesthetic value is understandably one of the most important considerations when choosing decking material. Over the centuries of its use, teak has earned a reputation for its beautiful grain and rich coloring. The golden tinge in teak looks great in an outdoor or indoor setting as well. If natural gold isn’t your preference, there are tons of other variations from lighter tans to deep reddish-browns and much more.
Resistance to the Elements
Not only does teak wood look great, it’s incredibly resistant to changes in temperature. Teak is classified as a Class 1 wood, which means it will not warp over time due to hot and cold climates provided you apply a layer of teak oil every now and then. The wood is also repellant to corrosion that can occur from metal furniture sitting atop the decking. There are even natural anti-fungal and termite properties in teak.
Water Doesn’t Stand a Chance
There’s a good reason why teak was used as a premiere lumber for marine vessels: it’s naturally water repellent! Within the teak wood there are high concentrations of oil and rubber that help deter water from seeping inside and wreaking havoc. This adds to the longevity of your deck. If you put in the extra time to oil your teak decking it’ll be even better at repelling moisture.
Price Matches the Quality
With all the benefits of choosing teak as your decking material, there should be little surprise that you’ll be shelling out a few extra coins for this quality wood. If you choose to go with teak, just make sure you’re purchasing from a reputable seller. Because of the low overhead of this lumber, some reputable sellers will discount teak lower than market value. Do your research!
When you make the decision to build a deck, choosing a long-lasting and quality decking material is key to your success. Teak wood has a long and storied history because of its utility for marine lumber as well as its beauty and strength. At Premium Decking Products, we whole-heartedly endorse teak as a decking material. Contact us at our Hollywood location today for more information on products to fit your decking needs.