Summertime and the living moves outdoors. Enter teak, one of the premiere woods for outdoor applications due to its natural resistance to insects, fungi and weather. Teak has long been a popular choice for patio and garden furniture and decking-actually anything used outdoors because of its strength, durability and stability in changing climates. Teak weathers exceptionally well, as it can be oiled to maintain the original color or left alone to eventually fade to an attractive grey tone.
Teak grows naturally in Burma, India, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. Teak has been introduced to a number of places, including tropical Africa, Central America, the Philippines, Borneo and Malaysia. It has been cultivated in plantations in its natural range as well as in tropical climates.
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