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What is Reclaimed Teak?

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What is Reclaimed Teak?

Reclaimed teak is far different than plantation teak. Reclaimed teak is often 100-300 years in age of more. This means the wood has expanded and contracted and has become true and straight through all the decades, all the while gaining amazing patinas. Plantation teak is young, green and much weaker due to its short life span. One reason for teaks amazing longevity is that it contains two amazing elements: silica and oils. Silica is abundant throughout the molecules in the wood and makes it virtually waterproof. In addition to the silica, teak possesses a very high oil content that provides the wood with its trademark luster and longevity. Besides the beauty provided by these elements, the silica and oil content also give teak its other popular commodity: longevity. Teaks resistance to rot, fungi, and mildew is legendary and is the main reason people have used the woods for ship building and also homes in southeast Asia since the 7th century. The oils also provide protection against termites and other unwanted bugs.

Indoteak Design Reclaimed Teak

Our materials are FSC Recycled, 100% reclaimed teak, delivered directly from our longtime partners located in Indonesia, of which we have worked with and maintained a great relationship for many years. We supply teak that is clean, formaldehyde-free with VOC-free finishes, both in the production and installation process. This ensures the highest grade hardwood from the highest grade material without the worry of tarnish by harmful chemicals.

Our teak is available in variations of rich colors and emits a homey, almost leather-like scent. Unlike most woods, teak holds high levels of resinous oils which keeps it from shrinking, swelling, or warping. Teak wood has a reputation of extravagance, beauty and strength because of its ability to stand the test of time, without losing its luster or beauty.

All of of our teak wood is 100% FSC reclaimed. By properly utilizing FSC Recycled, 100% Teak salvaged from Indonesia, our production works as a zero-waste process. This means no trees are cut down as a result of our work. Instead, the wood is saved from 100-300-year-old structures that would have otherwise been demolished. This rare wood is then refined without any VOC or leeching glues. The attention to detail during this process is what makes our product stand-alone as the finest in the world.

We utilize every part of the Teak we reclaim by utilizing the smaller pieces into our siding, tile and even into the substrate of the engineered flooring. The reason this is important to note is because with all layers of the flooring being teak, the water resistance runs through the whole piece of flooring. Other substrates with different species attract moisture and can warp, break and attract mildew and fungi.

Our goal to provide the highest quality reclaimed teak hardwood floors without causing any damage to the environment. By properly utilizing FSC Recycled, 100% teak, salvaged from Indonesia, our production works as a zero-waste process.

This means no trees are cut down as a result of our work. Instead, the wood is saved from 100-300-year-old structures that would have otherwise been demolished and discarded. This rare wood is then refined without any VOC or leeching glues, and delivered to you with hard work, integrity and a passion for the environment.

Raw lumber after a demolition. These boards are hand gathered, hand sanded and then turned into beautiful reclaimed flooring, tile and decking for Indoteak Design

Our Commitment
Because we are committed to being environmentally conscious and responsible, we feel it’s our duty to make the forests, the surrounding towns and local villages where we make our products better in any possible way. Since founding IndoTeak Design, we have sustained jobs for the Indonesian Labor Force, as well as partnering with SurfAid International in alleviating human suffering regarding nutrition, sanitation, and promoting community-based solutions for the future.

By supporting and utilizing this resourceful system of recycling wood that was destined for destruction, you are aiding the effort in revitalizing this natural and precious wood; giving it new life in the best way possible. For our clients who want the finest in breathtaking natural hardwood floors, without the dangers of putting the environment at risk, all of us at IndoTeak Design are committed to bringing you exactly what you are looking for.


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Certifications
All of IndoTeak Designs material is FSC Recycled 100%. The FSC holds its reputation as the most credible forest certification as to ensure the grade and authenticity of production. Because we recycle this historic teak, the wood has a unique and luxurious grain pattern and size that is incomparable to farmed Teak. Safe to say, with a resource like this, we want to handle it with great care and respect.

USGB & LEED
“LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building. LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable clean energy.”