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Species Information

Flooring Trade Name
Teak
Botanical Name
Tectona, grandis
Lumber Name
True Teak
Region
Grows In
Burma and Thailand naturally and then in plantations throughout the tropical world
 

Description

Color Range & Color Changes

Color Range
True Teak exhibits a wide range of colors when fresh cut, from pale yellows to orange browns with darker striping, all of which mellows into medium brown tones
Color Change
True Teak undergoes an extreme degree of color change with pronounced color change from the highly variegated coloring found in material fresh sanded which then darkens to a golden brown with substantial muting of the initial color range over time
View Color Properties Chart below to compare this species with other species:
Color Properties Chart

View Tectona, grandis Photo Page for photos of the typical color range & change to be expected: Tectona, grandis Photo Page

Hardness

Teak is 92% as hard as red oak ( 1155 on the Janka scale vs. 1260 for red oak ).
graph
For hardness comparisons to additional species, please go to: Species Hardness

Where to Use

True Teak may be used residentially wherever the distinguished look of one of the world’s most prized woods is desired

Installation

Access the proper Installation Instructions below for the flooring format you've chosen this species in:

Installation Instructions

Special Characteristics / Issues Specific to this Species

Stability
1 (very stable). For additional information, see: WFI's Wood Properties Chart on the WFI Downloads page.
Finish Issues
(For site sanding/
finishing only)
None known at this time. See: Finish Recommendations on the WFI Downloads page before commencing any site finishing.
Safety / Allergic
Reaction Issues)
None known at this time. See Material Safety for safety issues with wood dust.
Other Characteristics /
Issues Specifid to
this Species
None known at this time. See Feedback / Silky Ash on the Site Map to see what others have experienced with this species.

Notes

Additional Technical Information on this species can be accessed from the links below:
U.S. Forest Products Laboratory - Tectona, grandis Only
U.S. Forest Products Laboratory - to access all species

Species Technical Chart for Tectona, grandis

Names
Flooring Trade Name
Botanical Name
Lumber Trade Name
Geographic Origin
Grows In
Teak
Tectona, grandis
True Teak
Burma and Thailand naturally and then in plantations throughout the tropical world
Color Properties
Color Description
Color Variability
Color Fastness
Color Tone
True Teak exhibits a wide range of colors when fresh cut, from pale yellows to orange browns with darker striping, all of which mellows into medium brown tones
True Teak undergoes an extreme degree of color change with pronounced color change from the highly variegated coloring found in material fresh sanded which then darkens to a golden brown with substantial muting of the initial color range over time
Moisture Related
Flooring Trade Name
Stability
Gann Meta Setting/
Correction
Red Oak Correction
Shrinkage Coefficient
Teak
1 (very stable)
#3 / +0.6%
+0.6%
Flat Sawn
Straight Grain
0.00176
0.00138
Other Properties
Weight
Where to Use
Hardness
Finish Issues
Shrinkage Coefficient
(D/R/D+R)
True Teak may be used residentially wherever the distinguished look of one of the world’s most prized woods is desired
Janka
Indent Tests
1260
Flat Sawn
Straight Grain
0.00176
0.00138

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