Why Teak Flooring ?
For hundreds of years teak has been conferred the ultimate wood for all outdoor
and indoor uses. Teak wood has cornered the market on durability, and being a
weather, insect and water repellent material makes it the most sought-after expanse
for furniture, floors, kitchens, bathrooms and doors.
An oily wood by nature, freckled with a fine, close grain; it stands weather and wear
extremely well. Another feather in the cap is the longevity that the teak wallows in. The
fine-grained texture of old teak is maintained beautifully for years, even lifetimes.
Natural variation in hues and richly designed textures with exquisite grain patterns create
flooring that exudes panache. Its subtly dramatic elegance lends a touch of sophistication
to even an apartment that is modestly stuttered.
The premier teak is grown in Burma. We only use old/reclaimed teak in the manufacture
of our teak planks/flooring. The teak is taken from old buildings which are being demolished
to make way for new.
We don't put a 'scar' on the earth to make our product.
Know the Specifics
Teak hardwood varies in colour from a yellowish brown to dark honey chestnut-brown.
Teak Sapwood is lighter (please read 'Teak Furniture Advice') being a creamy pale yellow.
We are finding a number of flooring companies using sapwood, the floors are then coloured
and finished with a layer of polyurethane, these floors have none of the properties of reclaimed
teak (see picture and video)
Teak-Heartwood is close grained. Apart from being packed with a grainy texture, it is
accompanied with wide and coarse straight lines. The dramatic colouring differences are
emphasized by sanding and finishing.
Any source of damp must be rectified prior to installation of the floor. All construction dampness
must be completely dry, a moisture meter should be used as a matter of routine.
Siam Old Teak will ensure proper jobsite conditions prior to installation. We will ensure conditions
are structurally and environmentally correct before installation.
- 1. The concrete sub-floor must be flat.
- 2. The concrete sub-floor must be dry.
- 3. The concrete sub-floor must be clean.
For more information please ask for our 'General Installation Guidelines for Reclaimed Solid Teak Flooring'
Prior to installation we will place the teak flooring in the room(s) where it will be installed. The teak planks
will be spread out and left for two weeks to acclimatize to the temperature and humidity of the room(s)
We install a teak 'Rib'commonly known as a'Batten'. These teak battens are bolted to your concrete floor and
levelled. The batten distance between centres is a maximum of 25cm to allow for perfect support.
Tongue and Groove boards will be installed and fixed to the teak battens. Each board is drilled and screwed into
the tongue. We leave a gap of 1cm around the perimeter of the floor to allow for any movement, this gap is covered
by the skirting/base boards. The floor is then sanded, levelled and cleaned. Old teak skirting/base boards finish the
job perfectly. Your floor is then left to 'rest for a few days before finishing.
Teak is a hardwood, nails should never be used in the installation of teak floors.
Your new floor can be left 'au naturel' with just a natural wax finish. We can also produce
any colour from a natural 'Honey Colour' right the way through to 'Dark Antique'
We use several coats of teak oil, matt finish seems to be the most desirable. We never use any
polyurethane based liquids on our floors. The polyurethane degrades over time and spot-repairs
often look unsightly.
Providing your floor has been installed correctly maintenance is minimal.
Protecting The New Installation:
After installation we will thoroughly clean all areas. We will cover all areas with protective paper
to prevent damage to the finish. We prefer to install our flooring after all other building, plumbing
and electrical work has been completed. If heavy trades will be occupying your home, we will place
plywood on top of protective paper to prevent your new floor from being damaged.
We give a no-quibble life time guarantee on all our solid teak floors.
Pros and Cons
Reclaimed Burmese teak being the most popular genesis of hardwoods, has many unique benefits and
few drawbacks. If you are keen to use teak for your flooring, you must look at some of its pros and cons,
before you get on board with the installation process. Here are the important factors that you may want
to consider before you take the final step.
The longevity that teak offers is one that can stand the test of time. You are sure to have the teak look the
same with its grainy ingredients in place and fine straight lines contributing dimensions to your flooring.
A great option for high-traffic areas, also serving to be an excellent option for homes abuzz with children,
it is most resistant to scratches. If you have pets that roam-your-home, you will be pleased to hear that teak
is also resistant to animal claw marks. In a nutshell, areas that prefer hubbub over peace and quiet could opt
for nothing better than teak flooring.
Shine and Finish (+)
Reclaimed teak makes for the best floor that withholds its natural oils. It is due to this reason that many of our
clients opt to leave the floor untreated, allowing it to age naturally, however, this is not possible with teak sapwood.
Water Resistant (+)
Old teak is a water-resistant material, it also works extremely well in areas with variable humidity, it is due to this
helpful property that teak is employed in saunas, bathrooms and kitchens. Old teak doesn't absorb moisture if and
when exposed to water. Teak is used as decks for ocean going ships so no need to be disturbed by little puddles
of water by the shower cubicle.
Insect Repellent (+)
The natural oils in old teak not only lend a natural lustre, but also act as natural insect repellents. Old teak contains
tannic acid which means that your floor won't be infested by creepy crawlies or become lunch for the termite or
Dimensional Stability (+)
Providing your teak flooring is dry and has a moisture content of no more than 12% before installation, the dimensional
stability of your old teak floor is very high. The amount of expansion and contraction caused by weather or variable humidity
conditions will not effect old teak in the least; thus your floor will not move, warp or shrink.
Old teak is one hardwood material that is more expensive than its veneered cousins that are offered in tempting prices in
the market arena. There is a high demand worldwide for Burmese teak, our clients are seeking the best solution to their
flooring needs, veneers would be a temporary measure to meeting that solution.
Dealing with endangered species of teak and buying or selling them in the open market is against the set and formulated
rules. If teak flooring is what you want for your home, reclaimed or sustainable teak should be your preference. We sometimes
discover old beams which can be hundreds of years old, there is sufficient old teak available at a fair price, it just takes a lot
of effort to find it. We source all the old teak personally during our many trips into Burma.
Teak loses its oils as time elapses; thus, it needs to be oiled sporadically in order to maintain the sheen and lustre. We recommend
oiling every five years-or-so, this will sustain its valued properties. We have a specialist flooring team who will oil your floor when
required. Our old teak flooring is not a high-maintenance project to accomplish; however, it will require attention from time-to-time.
These were some of the most important teak flooring pros and cons that you must keep in mind before you embark on your mission
to have flooring that looks swish, exudes paramount class and has a subtle elegance.
We have included a few floors below, please ask for our complete portfolio of 'Solid Reclaimed Teak Flooring'