Teak wood is a great choice for flooring in your home. It is a hard and sturdy wood, which provides durability and a guaranteed longevity, especially in areas that have high traffic. It may cost a little bit more money, but it is well worth the cost as it may be the only floor you will ever need to install. It is able to resist decay and insect damage. Teak has natural oils that helped make it waterproof, however, you will still need to make sure that you waterproof seal the floor.
Teak is one of the hardest woods that are available. The Brazilian variety is the hardest, African is harder than maple and Thai teak is as hard as oak wood. The issue is the fact that this has been over harvested for many years, and some varieties are even on the verge of extinction. There are sustainable growers who are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which gives approval for growing and harvesting methods.
Teak flooring is a costly floor to purchase. For this reason, those looking to install a teak floor choose teak laminate flooring. A laminate is manufactured by putting several thin layers of wood together with the top layer being the actual teak. The other layers are wood by-products or other inexpensive woods. This process helps to keep the cost affordable, while still having the beautiful look of a teak floor.
Teak ranges and colors from reddish brown to a yellow brown. As the floor ages, it can often take on a deeper shade. The actual maintenance of teak laminate flooring will only require general cleaning. There are products available to help protect and keep your floor looking brand-new. You can visit floors-web.com for additional tips on how to take care of your teak flooring.
This guest post was written by Shawn Higgins from floors-web.com. Thanks, Shawn!