One of the most highly priced and valued classes of hardwood available, Teak Hardwood has at least three species that are widely used.
African Teak Hardwood (Pericopsis Elata)
Sprouting up in the western regions of Africa and growing to lengths of 150 feet, this six-foot-wide species ranges in color from typical red or yellow shades to more of a dull olive color. No matter which color is most dominant, the wood typically grows darker over periods of time and exposure. African Teak is most frequently used in veneers, as well as flooring and furniture. It can also be used in the manufacture of ships.
Brazilian Teak Hardwood (Dipteryx Odorata)
Indigenous to the northern regions of South America, this five-foot-wide tree reaches heights of over 150 feet. The wood is sometimes tinted red or purple or a deep burgundy, with a medium to smooth texture that makes it suitable for floors and cabinets. It can also be used in decking as well as railway ties and tools. It can be used in large pieces of furniture, or even simple furniture parts such as drawer handles.
Burmese Teak Hardwood (Tectona Grandis)
The most common species of the three, Burmese Teak is grown in southern regions of Asia as well as Latin America and the African tropics. Reaching a stature of 130 feet, the wood is generally of a somewhat gold hue when cut but grows into a much darker brown over time. This prized lumber can be costly despite its international growth populations, but it lends itself to a multitude of applications. These include standard uses such as veneers and dimensional lumber for construction as well as furniture and boats. Burmese Teak is also used for more unique products such as decorative carvings and other small items.