Species

TEAK

Description

We Do Teak Right

Valencia Lumber and Panel has made a conscious decision to provide only genuine Burmese Teak to our customers rather than less expensive plantation-grown Teak.

Burmese Teak is the king of hardwood species around the work, particularly for outdoor applications: yacht building, decking, fencing, etc. The characteristics that make true Burmese Teak so highly prized are not found consistently in plantation teak.

In addition, we believe that sourcing Burmese Teak from its natural range (principally Myanmar) from suppliers that employ responsible forestry practices*, is the best way to ensure that this legendary hardwood species will thrive despite increasing demand.

For clear, straight grain, consistent color and to support sustainable management, we appreciate you supporting our efforts to provide the most durable and beautiful tropical hardwood: Burmese Teak.

Burmese Teak Versus Plantation Teak

*We will happily provide certifying documents upon request.

 

Teak: Must be nice to be so popular

Sizes

We process special Teak orders daily and maintain a robust inventory as well

  • First-Export Quality (FEQ), S2S and S3S
  • 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4, 10/4, 12/4 and, yes, 16/4
  • Lengths and a ready selection of Shorts
  • Did we mention Teak Hardwood Plywood? Yup, that too

Burmese Teak is the gold standard of resistance to weather, rot, and decay, which is why the best of it ends up in luxury yachts. It’s also termite-resistant and incredibly durable. Properly cared for, Teak is going to outlast every other hardwood, softwood, and lot of other building materials. And you, probably.

Olive green when freshly cut, Teak turns a beautiful golden brown with exposure to air. Straight-grained and easily workable in every regard (although it does blunt cutting tools). Very dense, very hard, very straight, very stable, very strong (we’ve run out of very’s). That’s why it’s been popular for hundreds of years and is still one of the most highly sought-after lumber species in the world.

Bridges, boats, furniture, carvings, construction, railroads, cabinetry, veneers… and of course decking, siding, planters and deck “tiles”. The applications are endless, and it is in demand everywhere.

That popularity continues despite the bad news: Burmese Teak is expensive. We would argue that it delivers tremendous value over its lifespan, but there is no denying that the price can make a reality internet star gag on her boba balls. If you’re buying the best, you pay for the best.

Note: Teak will not stain well, due to its natural oils. Surprisingly, it glues well, though you may have to remove the oils with a solvent first. Fresh-cut ends need to be sealed with a wax-based sealer, and annual touch-up with a UV sealant will maintain its beauty for years.