Teak is rapidly becoming more and more popular as a material used for flooring in houses and other buildings. Although its popularity is now growing, it is really only a renewed popularity as in generations gone by, it was always a popular choice and it was only relatively recently that it seemed to be ignored by builders. When it was used as flooring in the past, it was used for good reasons and those reasons, although seemingly forgotten for a while, are the same reasons why its popularity is returning. It gives a look of elegance to any room; it is durable, requires minimum maintenance and is reasonably priced.
Probably its most popular use in the past was as the flooring for banquet halls and ballrooms. Obviously for these kinds of venues, the flooring had to be tough, able to withstand heavy in perhaps an unusual way and teak always proved to be up to the task, withstanding the potential abuse, yet coming out looking unscathed and as beautiful as I it had just been laid. This ageless beauty that it possesses is due in part to it being a very hard wood but more importantly, it is due to its unique oily character. The oily texture that the wood is known for, gives the wood a natural protection. It is a natural insect repellent as well as a seemingly self-polishing attribute. The wood looks naturally polished and in order to maintain that look, regardless of how much punishment it may have undergone, all that is needed is a broom and mop. Once the teak has been swept and then mopped with only water, the oily wood seems to return to a highly polished floor.
Teak flooring is available in several colours as, depending on where the teak was grown, it can have a different colouring. Teak is grown in three different continents, Brazil in South America, Thailand and Burma in South East Asia and on the African continent and each variety has its own colouring which range from reddish brown, through light brown to a deeper brown. Although all teak is renowned for its durability, the African teak is perhaps the most durable of all the varieties. Regardless of where you get your teak or what colour it is to start with, it will always age into an even, darker brown, a colour which many find even more appealing than those provided by newly cut teak.
Because of its popularity in past years, teak, for the last several years has started to be reclaimed from old buildings due for demolishing and that reclaimed teak can also be used for the flooring in your house. The teak is, as usual, equally durable and hard, it has retained its polished appearance, has the darker aged look and is of course cheaper than newly harvested varieties. More information about these reclaimed floorings can be found at http://mcquaidflooring.com/teak-reclaimed – reclaimed flooring. As teak is now harvested from new sustainable forests, its use is no longer seen as any kind of threat to the environment.