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Teak (Brazilian)

Brazilian Teak (also known as Cumaru) has a special oil content in its heartwood, which gives it a natural gleam and resistance to moisture. This South American wood not only brings warmth and elegance to your home, but its durability and strength is legendary. Remember the Titanic? The decks of the Titanic were teak, and the wood is as good today, as the day she sank.

Habitat: Naturally grown in South American rain forests, Brazilian Teak can be found in Brazil, Peru and Costa Rica.

Janka Hardness Rating: 3540

The Tree: Teak trees are exceptionally heavy and large, and have the largest leaves of any tree (up to almost two feet long). On average, this tree reaches heights of 100 ft. or more, with a trunk size of 3 to 5 ft. in diameter. Teak trees can live to be very old due to their unique ability to withstand changes in all kinds of weather, especially high winds - rather than break, they bend.

The Wood: Brazilian Teak hardwood flooring can vary in exotic color from a dark reddish-brown to a a purple-brown with occasional light yellowish-brown stripes. Is is somewhat photosensitive but becomes more uniform in color over time. Teak wood has a lustrous appearance, decorative dense grain, and is easily one of the most durable and valuable natural hardwoods in the world.

Uses: Teak hardwood is prized throughout the world for a multitude of uses. It is not only used for hardwood flooring, but also decks, fine furniture, carving, cabinetwork, perfumes, soaps, shampoos, decorative trim, and of course, ships!