The struggles of Teak


For the gardener, composite decking aficionado, and decking masters who do not concern themselves with the showiness of colour, of inky ebonies and bone-white ivory, no. For them their concerns are deeper, infinitely darker, for those brave souls who deck their gardens in teak know the real struggle.

It must be difficult being a wood that when named leaves people with a polite and slightly confused look in their eyes. A little like ash, not as dark or musically inclined as rosewood, owners of teak patiosare forever going to black-tie-dinners and are getting annoyedwhen some claims that, “Teak and Adler are essentially the same thing.” And you spend the rest of the night frowning.If you are interested in composite decking, please see here: Dino Decking.

  1. It’s not as showy as other colours

It has to be said that we all make sacrifices, none more than those who decide to deck their garden in composite lumber the colour of timber (at least as far as those mentioned are concerned). In deciding to go for a natural, unassuming, and relaxed colour we inadvertently put ourselves in a box. It’s a nice box however: warm, a little thicker than some of the other boxes found out there. In that box we find the kind of person who uses composite lumber in the same way a gardener plants seeds. One day, hopefully sooner rather than later, things will grow, people will come and stop and stare. They’ll come for burgers. They’ll come for the laughter, and pool parties, and they’ll ask what wood is it and you’ll explain, knowing that you’ll have to explain it again next time they come.

  1. It’s harder to find the damp at a glance

The hard thing about picking a natural wood is that it could always be improved with a little moss and the occasional brightly coloured mushroom. I think nature has evolved in such a way so that you won’t notice. Wood is beautiful, even teak, no matter how much they scowl. Damp gets everywhere, even in composite decking. It gets on the macro level in the forms of old pets and potty-training-children. It gets in on the micro level, slowly over time, drip by drip thanks to the rain and the soggy ground.

  1. May be hard to detect pests

Back to the previously stated comment, nature works in weird and wonderful ways. It’s one of the reasons why human engineering and ingenuity is forever becoming weirder and stranger. Composite decking has made amazing leaps and bounds in the name of having a nice little spot to visit in the morning with your first coffee, or late at night when you want to stare up at the stars, all with the intention of letting you do it for much longer than would be natural. The problem is life finds a way, beetles burrow, worms wriggle, and all sorts of strange things live in the grooves of wood, out of sight and out of mind.

  1. May be hard to find other colours to match the garden

Bitternessis a terrible thing, but it comes to all who deal with teak in the end. Yes, technically you could mix and match with woods of other colours, transforming your garden into a subtle Autumnal paradise, but why should you? Waking up every day to feel that niggling thought at the back of your mind, a dull scratch from a flat finger whenever someone passes your composite teak and goes straight for the rosewood carp-pond.


In conclusion. There are many out there, the nay sayers who speak out against teak, but do not listen. You may not struggle with the implications of building a patio out of ivory in a swamp. The clashing of covering your Alaskan garden in ebony, but that doesn’t mean you haven’t suffered. In a world of notoriety, teak falls somewhere by the wayside, which is perhaps why it appears so often in detective fiction.

Teak composite decking is a wonderful addition to anyone’s life, especially if they have a garden, but don’t let that put the rest of you off. There are problems, naturally, this is life we’re talking about, a genre fraught with peril and tears and drunken barbeques, but that shouldn’t put you off. Take pride in your problems. Take comfort in your composite decking, for if nothing else, it comes with up to a twenty-five-year guarantee, which means it’s one less thing to have to worry about. There will be sad days, cold days, wet and windy days. And while these are matter of fact and hard to avoid, especially if one plans to take life seriously, but at least here, in the composite lumber side of life, you can take comfort that a stiff brush and long hose can go a very long way.