Teak flooring can be pricey but provides top value for your money. Following is a helpful overview of what this wood has to offer so you can see if it’s a good option for your Chicago, Lake View, Ravenswood & Lincoln Square home.
Teak can hold up to literally any type of wear and tear, which is why it is one of the few genuine hardwoods that can be used outside as well as inside the home. Teak wood has a natural oil that not only gives the floor a beautiful shine but also repels insects. Teak does not absorb water and so can be used in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry areas. The fact that this wood is also scratch resistant makes it a great choice for homeowners who have pets and/or young kids.
Teak flooring looks good with either a light or dark colored finish. Alternatively, you don’t even have to finish it if you would prefer not to do so. The natural aging process leaves this wood looking classy even if you had it installed years ago. To help the wood retain its natural shine as the years go by, you simply need to apply teak oil to your floors every two to three years.
Teak flooring is smooth and uniform in appearance. It won’t be the centerpiece of the room but it will match well with your existing furnishings.
A Variety of Options
There are several different types of teak. Brazilian teak is one of the hardest woods on the flooring market. African teak is not quite as hard as Brazilian teak but it is harder than most other types of wood flooring. Thai or Burmese teak is about as hard as oak flooring.
Teak flooring can be made either from the heartwood or the sapwood. The sapwood is a light yellow brown while the heartwood can be either a rich gold or reddish brown. When choosing a color, bear in mind that teak naturally darkens as it ages.
If you want classy, good looking flooring that is easy to clean and maintain, will add value to your home and look good in literally any room of the house, then teak flooring is sure to suit your tastes. Give our experts at Floor Coverings International North Chicago a call at the number below to see a variety of teak woods with and without a finish to determine which color and type of teakwood is best for your home. We proudly serve the Chicago, Lake View, Ravenswood & Lincoln Square areas.
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