Teak flooring is an exotic style of hardwood that is growing in popularity thanks to its rich color and durability. Teak flooring has a distinctive grain and texture and is a gold standard in flooring material. With an attractive sheen created by its natural oils, teak flooring will create an air of luxury in any room. Here are a few key considerations from the experts at Floor Coverings International Waukesha to help you decide if teak flooring is right for your home.
Teak is one of the hardest woods on the market and will withstand scratches and chips from pets, and life in a busy home. Due to its natural oils, teak is also water-resistant. This makes it safe to install in water prone areas like the kitchen, bathroom or mudroom. These same oils give it a natural luster that allows many homeowners to forgo applying a finish. To maintain the color and shine of your teak floors, you will need to oil them every two to three years.
Teak is an exotic hardwood that is most often imported from abroad. This means that it is more expensive than many other hardwoods, and not a good match if you’re looking for flooring on a budget. It is also important to consider that unfortunately, two of the three species of teak are now endangered. Make sure you buy from a source that’s certified with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This group has strict requirements for what qualifies as sustainable harvesting practices and forestry management.
As an alternative to teak hardwood flooring, you may want to consider purchasing teak engineered hardwood or laminate. Engineered flooring consists of a thin top layer with a layer of plywood underneath. Laminate is particleboard topped with a photograph of the wood grain to make it look like hardwood.