IRON WOODS TEAK

timberholdings_main_teakTeak (Tectona grandis)

Universally recognized for its beautiful yellow or dark golden brown color and its durability, Teak is used in myriad applications. From decorative veneer to furniture and boats, Teak wood is an excellent choice for many projects.

Teak is a hardwood in the family Lamiaceae. It’s native to the south of Asia, in Burma. It has long been renowned for its natural durability and weather resistance. The natural oils contained in Teak make it one of the most durable and stable species in the world.

Strength & Durability

Teak has long been renowned for its natural durability. The natural oils contained in Teak make it one of the most durable and stable species in the world. Most Teak available in the world today is plantation grown and while not as hard or durable as old growth Teak is still desired for exterior constructions and shipbuilding.

Suitable Applications

Teak is one of the oldest known naturally durable woods species. It is best suited to decking, flooring, exterior and interior site furnishings and trim and millwork. It natural water resistance makes it very suitable for boat building.

Availability

Teak is available at multiple lengths, with maximum size dependent on how it’s dried.

Kiln Dried – up to 2×12
Air Dried – up to 4×20

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Residential Deck Installation & Maintenance

Teak is a low-maintenance decking. It naturally weathers into light silvery gray tones – there’s no need to apply annual sealers. To enjoy its warm golden-brown hues, a simple application of an outdoor finish can be periodically be applied to maintain its beauty. Consult our installation guide, available at your dealer, for more outdoor finishes and hints on working with Teak.

Iron Woods Teak decking is supplied as kiln dried lumber and is for outdoor use only. Store the wood out of direct sunlight and be sure to keep it dry and off the ground. Allow the wood to acclimate and stabilize to the installation area’s humidity before installing.

We recommend carbide-tipped saw blades and high-quality drills for smooth cuts.

These spans are are designed for Teak and to allow for minimal deflection of the deck surface. For maximum spans and engineering data, you can contact us.

Load Size
Board Size 100psf
1×4 16″
1×6 16″
5/4×6 24″

Allow a 3/16″ gap between 6″ wide deck boards and a 1/8″ gap between 4″ wide deck boards for drainage, airflow and expansion. Kiln dried decking may expand 1/8″ on 6″ wide boards during times of high moisture. Expect some shrinkage in width in hot or dry areas.

Adequate ventilation of the deck is essential for long-term stability and to minimize cupping. Proper air ventilation allows air to flow in from outside the deck area, under the joists and up through the gaps between the deck boards.

For screws, we recommend a high-quality, stainless steel trim head screw. Though coated or galvanized screws may also be used, they generally cause black staining and have a shorter service life. To install Iron Woods Teak, you must pre-drill a pilot hole and countersink to avoid splitting and then fasten with the stainless steel screws, which are available at Iron Woods dealers.

Seal Iron Woods Teak immediately after installation to reduce the potential for surface checking. If installing over a prolonged period or during hot weather sealing after each phase is recommended. Be sure to seal all ends immediately after cutting with Anchorseal clear wax end sealer (available from your Iron Woods dealer) in order to reduce end checking.

To maintain a golden brown color, use a transparent, penetrating oil-based sealer with UV inhibitors in a trans-oxide pigmented tint and reapply annually or as needed.

If you prefer a natural, silvery-gray appearance, use a clear oil-based sealer for the first coat and then simply let the wood weather to its natural gray color. If you want to return silver-gray wood to the original color, use a “wood brightener.” Careful power washing and/or sanding can help to remove the grayed wood.

How does Iron Woods® Ipe compare to other lumber and decking products?

Teak CCA-Treated Pine Composite Decking
Type Hardwood Softwood Plastic Wood
Maintenance Low High Low
Decay Resistance High Varies Varies
Strength Medium Medium Low
Movement in Service Low High High
Fire Rating Class Medium Varies Low
Weight per cu. ft. 40lbs. 35lbs. 60 – 64lbs.
Bending Strength (in psi) 14,600 9,900 – 14,500 1,423 – 4,500
E-modulus 1,550,000 1,170,000 – 1,510,000 175,000 – 480,000
Shear Strength 1.890 1,370 561 – 1,010
Hardness 1,000 690 940 – 1,390

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