Aged by time and the elements, reclaimed teak asserts a refined and rustic aesthetic that cannot be replicated. Salvaged from seasoned Indonesian structures slated for demolition, IndoTeak Design’s signature wood is sustainably sourced, and the time-honored teak is reclaimed by hand to reveal a patina that has been perfected by each passing year. Offering high-quality teak hardwood that is produced without causing any harm to the environment, the San Diego–based supplier sets new standards for reclaimed teak materials.
Using old-growth wood that was harvested hundreds of years ago, IndoTeak’s reclaimed teak hardwoods are FSC-certified and 100-percent recycled. “The reclaimed teak comes from buildings in Indonesia, where large communities are undergoing modern transformations and upgrading to more modern and practical design,” says Ken Lewis, marketing director at IndoTeak. “Many of the gorgeous structures are over 100 to 200 years old and were made from old growth teak. That means the old growth teak is over 200 to 300 years in age. The benefits include rich patinas that only nature and the elements can create.” The wood is saved from structures that would have otherwise been demolished and there no trees cut down in the process.
Delivered directly from their longtime partners located in Indonesia, the stacks of wood are sorted through and sanded by hand to cultivate reclaimed teak products. With an environmental consciousness and commitment to quality and durability, IndoTeak’s production works as a zero-waste process, while VOC-free finishes serve ensure that the hardwood remains free from harmful chemicals.
Characteristics and Advantages
Boasting the ability to stand the test of time without losing its luster, reclaimed teak has a naturally water-resistant and durable design that is vested with versatility. Available in a wide variety of rich colors, teak holds high levels of resinous oils that prevent shrinking, swelling, or warping in the wood. Boasting a unique history, the first uses of teak can be traced back thousands of years. “Teak wood has been used for centuries as an indoor/outdoor material on structures and ocean-going vessels due to its incredible resistance to moisture and the elements,” says Lewis. “Teak’s high oil content and elevated silica levels are the key factors for well-deserved reputation for being durable in any wet or dry environment.”
IndoTeak’s catalog of quality reclaimed teak materials can be used for flooring, siding, paneling, decking, and more. Their offerings include both solid and engineered flooring solutions, which are each equipped with incredibly durable surfaces. “We use reclaimed teak in all three layers of our engineered flooring: the wear layer, the middle layer or cross grain, and the bottom layer,” says Lewis. “The substrate is made from the smaller pieces of reclaimed teak. We don’t waste any material and the added benefit is that since all of the layers are from the same reclaimed teak, they act as one. If they get wet in a flood, they expand and contract the same and do not delaminate like other flooring that uses cheaper woods as a substrate.” Silica supplies teak with its resistance to water, while its natural oils ensure that the wood that can be maintained over time. Teak boasts other benefits that include a resistance to rotting, mold, and mildew.
IndoTeak is distinguished by a diligent approach to sustainably sourcing supplies and a reverence for the intrinsic appeal of time-honored teak. “Reclaimed teak has such naturally stunning aesthetic that it helps soften up or add life to any project,” says Lewis. These characteristics work in tandem with their carefully calibrated waste-free production process to ensure that an environmental awareness is embedded into each of IndoTeak’s offerings.