Teak is a tree with a thick, straight, cylindrical trunk, growing up to 30-40 metres in height and up to 1.5 metres in diameter. The lower part of the trunk, under the lower branches, can be up to 10 metres long.
There are three species: Tectona grandis (Common Teak) which is by far the most important, with a deep distribution in India and Indochina. Tectona hamiltoniana (Dahat Teak) which is a native species of Burma. Tectona philippinensis (Philippine Teak) which is native to the Philippines.
Wood is used in the construction of outdoor artefacts, ship decks, musical instruments such as the didgeridoo and in all places where strong water resistance is required. It is also used, often abused, for parquet floors.
Teak is easy to work and has an oil naturally produced by the plant. Many operators consider this wood species to be the best in the world. Its main characteristics can be summarised as follows: significant hardness, constant dimensional stability, water resistance and beauty.
Unfortunately, even the best solid teak deck is subject to deterioration over time. Continuous exposure to weather, temperature changes, salt, wear and tear from use, and the maintenance of the deck itself, requires it to be replaced.
If you are considering the need to renew the deck of your boat, all you have to do is choose between the three types of quality, shown below, that best suit your needs:.
Teak deck (type A - top quality)
Type A decks are made of solid Teak decking exclusively from Burma, carefully selected in order to obtain high quality planks with the straightest possible grain and blond colour, typical of real Teak.
. Only in this way it is possible to obtain first choice, ribbed and high quality planks, much more aesthetically pleasing but above all more stable and long-lasting.
Teak deck (type B - economy)
Type B decks, due to their lower cost compared to Type A decks, are widely used on medium sized boats or dinghies.
Like the most valuable decks, they are made of solid teak coming directly from Burma but of second choice and with a mix of striped and flamed staves.
They are free from particular defects such as knots, cracks and holes.
Teak faced okumé panels (type C - economy)
In this third type of quality, we find panels in multilayer okumè marine plywood covered with 26/10 teak veneer.
This solution is particularly suitable for those who, not owning a medium/large size boat, with costs that are certainly contained, are always able to create a deck with an excellent visual impact and good performance.
We would like to specify, however, that the durability of the teak covering the panels is certainly inferior to the first two types, as they are made of solid teak.