A long life and minimal maintenance -- those are the favored characteristics of any home material that spends most of its time outdoors. That's one of the reasons that teak decking has moved into the forefront of outdoor deck, patio, trellis, arbor, and other hardscaping projects. If you're building a new space or renovating an old one, teak decking may be a good choice. Here are 5 reasons why:
Tough, Tougher, Toughest
Teak is native to the tropical climates of India, Burma, Thailand, and Indonesia, where it's subject to the moisture and temperature variations of tropical climates. As a result, it has adapted. When teak is cut into teak decking, its sap goes into overdrive to preserve the wood, which in turn helps protect it from insects and fungus. Translation? Teak decking is hardy and can easily withstand the climate variations in the United States, whether it is snow in the North or heat in the South, as well as insects such as termites.
No Preservatives? No Problem.
Extremely hard, naturally high in oil and rubber, and extremely close-grained, teak decking can also be installed without messy sealants or preservatives with no risk of rotting. When left untreated, teak decking will weather to a silvery gray, but it can also be treated if desired.
Teak decking can be cut with both hand and machine saws; as expected, its density will cause eventual dulling of the blade. In addition, holes are typically pre-drilled, and metal screws, including stainless steel, may be used with teak decking. You can also fasten teak decking together by using tongue-and-groove plans that avoid visible screw holes from above.
Rediscovering that Original Shine
Left untreated, teak decking will weather to a silvery gray, but it can be restored to its natural golden hue. It must be cleaned thoroughly; if any protective sealer is present it should be removed with a teak-decking-safe product. Sanding may or may not be required, depending on the condition of the teak decking. Finally, a teak deck sealer can be applied to repel dirt and grime. Wood brighteners are also sometimes used to restore the teak decking's original color.
Size Doesn't Matter
Teak decking comes in a variety of thicknesses and sizes for flooring, molding, beams, posts, and other outdoor living space elements. This means it can easily be used for a variety of deck sizes and styles, including traditional and contemporary, and can also be used for walkways, trellises, and more.