Hardwood floors are available in multiple woods, tones, patterns and plank sizes. For the homeowner who desires something out of the ordinary, and a floor that will change with its environment, teak floors are the perfect option.
The Nature of Teak
Teak is a tropical hardwood tree in the lime family. Teak trees are extremely large, growing up to 40 meters in height.
The presence of natural oils in the teak wood make it a wonderful option for floors, decks and furniture, as it is weather proof, pest and termite resistant and extremely durable. Even unfinished, teak wood can last in interior or exterior applications for many years.
The color of the wood is yellowish brown, and is prone to darkening when exposed to direct sunlight. This makes it a wonderful product for homeowners who love unique products; the teak will change and deepen in color in areas of the home with lots of natural light, while staying lighter in areas of shadow. This creates a unique floor, perfectly adapted to the home.
The grain of teak is coarse, uneven and straight, giving the floors a lot of variation and movement. This makes teak a great option for homes with a great deal of hardwood and wide, open expanses, as it provides the floor with interest and built in detail.
While most teak is indigenous to Asia, Brazilian teak flooring, known as Camaru, is extremely popular for its mid-toned shades and shifting colors from light to dark.
Uses of Teak Hardwood Floors
Teak hardwood floors can be installed anywhere that hardwood is used. It is an extremely hard and durable wood, and can take a long time to “cure” and be installed properly. It may be beneficial to purchase pre-finished teak wood, if time is a consideration.
With its wonderful, shifting tones from light to dark, teak works well in homes that have a lot of natural light. Homeowners considering using teak should expect plank hardwood flooring that has a great deal of movement. There will be dark planks mixed in with medium toned, which should be distributed evenly across the floor. These dark planks add to the beauty of the floor, and should in no way be considered a defect.
Consider using teak in parquet flooring patterns, as the shifting nature of the grain will add to the patterns and movement of the parquet. Teak works best on its own, as it has so many tones within it, so creating two toned floors with teak may result in a much busier look than intended.
If using teak in a kitchen with natural wood cabinets, consider using a very even toned and light colored wood, such as maple, to compliment and contrast with the darker, more varied floor. Avoid using a dark cabinet door with teak flooring, as this can result in a kitchen that seems overly dark and confining.
If using teak in only a few rooms of the house, while using a lighter or more even hardwood, try transitioning to the other room by using a threshold of the more even toned wood. If transitioning the teak to a room with natural stone, consider a stone threshold to make the transition. Otherwise, choose the most even toned piece of teak available to use as the threshold, to make a quiet transition between the materials.
Teak and other exotic hardwood flooring can lend a rich texture and depth to any home. Homeowners that appreciate unique, different and multi-toned home details will find that teak fits in well with their homes and styles. Compliment teak floors with rich, saturated wall colors, and multi-toned furnishing and throw rugs.
A teak floor will last for years, deepening with age and enhancing the home and its surroundings with rich color. Install a teak hardwood floor today, and enjoy a richly decorated home for years to come.