The answer to why teak wood is so expensive is basically because it’s awesome. It’s exotic, smells great and has a high-class reputation – just like Jack Nicholson.
In all seriousness, though, teak is really kind of magical and there are several reasons why it costs a fair amount more than your average pine, whether it’s being used in furniture-making, boatbuilding or in more decorative applications.
<strong>1. Teak is (relatively) hard to come by. </strong>
Teak isn’t rare; at least not in the same sense that jaguars are rare. They are a cultivated resource and in no danger of going extinct, but it does take a long time to produce a harvestable yield. To get the best wood, farmers have to let teak trees grow for around 80 years. Add to that their selective tropical climate and you can see how the costs can climb.
<strong>2. Teak is naturally weatherproof.</strong>
Teak has a weird way retaining its natural oils and even a little rubber, which makes it much better than many other woods at repelling water and infestation. Of course, no wood is 100% indestructible in the face of Mother Nature, but teak has a really good head start even before treatment enters the picture.
<strong>3. Teak ages beautifully.</strong>
Any yachtsman will tell you that nothing ages like teak. After enough time out in the sun and rain, teak will take on the kind of stately, silvery-gray tone that can make even the saltiest New Englander weep into his whaler's hat.
<strong>4. Teak is durable. </strong>
Teak is tough even beyond its weather-resistant nature. The wood’s fibers are tightly packed to create a very dense and durable grain that makes for furniture and boat decks that can last a few lifetimes if treated properly.
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