Our Environmental Considerations

Teak is simply the greenest choice. We use genuine teak culled in a manner that neither destroys, nor harms the environment. Our teak comes from managed teak forests where every tree removed is replaced with a sapling. By using teak, our carbon footprint is extremely minimal compared to that of our plastic-based competitors, and, because of its natural properties, teak offers an extensive list of natural benefits. Thus, TDS not only understands teak as the greenest option, but also as the strongest option when manufacturing your teak deck.

Botanic Name: Tectona Grandis     Family: Verbenaceae

When you purchase a deck from Teakdecking Systems for your yacht, you can rest assured knowing that you have made a very good decision – for your vessel and for our blue planet - and it all starts with the teak.

Recently, other materials have been brought onto the market and are touted as alternatives to teak. But unlike teak, none of these can look back on centuries of successful use as marine decks. And none of these is as environmentally friendly as teak. This is why Teakdecking Systems goes to great lengths to secure the finest genuine teak timber for your deck from sustainably managed forests in its natural range - because teak remains the best alternative for your deck, bar none.

Genuine teak only comes from trees of the scientific name Tectona Grandis. If the wood comes from any other tree, then it is not genuine. Teak has several characteristics that make it eminently suitable for use in your deck. Above all other woods, teak is resistant to rot and decay, and it is not normally attacked by insects. It also exhibits high levels of dimensional stability, which translates into minimal warping, even in the wet conditions of marine applications. Once kiln dried, teak lumber will not absorb significant additional moisture, which further enhances its mechanical stability, giving your deck extraordinary longevity. For these reasons, as well as because of the natural oils and high levels of silicates which it possesses, teak can be left untreated on your deck. This provides a sure-footed non-slip surface for you and your guests that will maintain its beauty and add value to your yacht for years to come. Teak is also an excellent thermal insulator. This contributes to a cooler deck to walk on, as well as a reduced load on your vessel's climate control systems, lowering your operating costs for the life of the deck.

Why Our Teak?

Not all teak decks are created equal. Teakdecking Systems selects only the finest old-growth teak lumber from its natural range in Southeast Asia for your deck. Our Teak comes from the oldest sustainably managed teak forests in the world with a history of environmentally sound forestry dating to 1856. Just as they were 150 years ago, our logs are selectively culled once they reach an age of 50 years or more, and they are still removed from the forest by elephants. Besides encouraging the conservation of an endangered species, using elephants to move teak logs eliminates the collateral damage of mechanical extraction including the burning of fossil fuels and the opening of logging roads that tend to promote deforestation through clear cutting. It is important to note that our teak is not a rainforest species. Rather, our teak grows in upland deciduous forests with ideal soil and rainfall characteristics. In fact, when a mature teak tree is harvested it is replaced with saplings that begin life in nurseries. Because our teak is allowed to grow in its natural state for such a long time, it displays much tighter growth rings than teak grown under accelerated conditions in plantations outside of its natural range. This translates into a much more durable and beautiful deck for your yacht. And because it lasts longer, our teak reduces the demand on the resources required for its replacement, which is good for the environment.

Environmental Considerations

Teakdecking Systems remains committed to environmentally sound stewardship of the resources we utilize in our business, as well as the promotion of economic opportunity for those in the areas where we operate. Our activities incentivize a continuation of a centuries-old tradition of stewardship of these precious resources in those who might otherwise engage in activities damaging the environment.

Beyond that, the design and manufacturing of our teak decks minimizes their "carbon footprint" relative to plastic-based products. Plastic decks are in fact petroleum-based, and they come freighted with all the environmental ills of that industry – from the inability of plastics to biodegrade, which contributes to overflowing landfills and the millions of discarded bottles adrift on our oceans, to the release of massive amounts of the volatile organic compounds known as "greenhouse gases" during manufacturing.

For hundreds of years, the teak selectively harvested in a sustainable fashion from our forests has been the best choice for use in marine decks. Today, it continues to be so. And the persistent tradition of sound ecological management of this precious resource will ensure that it will continue to be so tomorrow.

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