TEAK (Tectona Grandis)
The Teak tree derives from the Lamiaceae family, which reaches a height of up to 30 meters. Teak is native to India, Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand and was introduced to Indonesia and Sri Lanka 300 years ago. In response to international demand, Teak was subsequently established in African plantations, as well as Central and South America.
Teak wood has whitish sapwood, yellow heartwood, and has enormous stability in changing environments; it does not crack or rot, and is resistant to fungus and some acids. It is also very dense, which is why termites are unable to penetrate this wood. All of these characteristics make Teak one of the most valuable woods in the world, particularly for furniture, decorative coatings, luxury items, boats, bridges, and much more.
On average, it takes Teak 18 years to meet international exporting standards. However, due to the weather and soil conditions in Costa Rica, the Costa Rican Teak meets these same standards in only 15 years. This speaks volumes to the quality of our wood.