Vikas Exports uses recycled teak wood for it’s products keeping the environment in mind. Using recycled teak can have both aesthetic and environmental benefits, making it a good choice for flooring, furniture, and built-ins in a home.
Aesthetically, recycled teak often has a closer and more beautiful grain. We have a variety of products in reclaimed teak wood like coffee tables, beds, etc which looks great for garden or indoor furniture. People also prefer aged and distressed wood, like that of unfinished recycled teak for projects where they want things to have a rustic look, rather than a more formal and polished appearance.
Mature wood is characterized by a higher ring count per inch than virgin wood, making it stronger and more durable. This makes it particularly suitable for furniture manufacturers. Reclaimed teak furniture is an ideal choice in houses with pets and small children as the furniture can easily withstand every day wear and tear, without detracting from its natural beauty.
Also, reclaimed teak wood tends to have fewer pitch pockets, sapwood and other natural defects. The wood looks great when it is naturally stained, oiled or varnished. Most reclaimed teak have been air-dried for decades, which is another great benefit and this means the wood is less likely to bend, warp or twist.
Environmentally, the clear advantage of recycled teak is that people do not need to cut down new trees to meet the need for wood. When people reuse wood, living trees can stay intact. This contributes habitat for animals, in addition to keeping the environment healthier and cleaner, by allowing trees to remain in place as natural air scrubbers.
Sourcing reclaimed wood can be difficult and it has to be sourced authentically. The various sources are:- Industrial Age Factories, Tobacco Plantation Buildings, Public Buildings, Restaurants/Bars, Retired Mills, Stores, Warehouses, Timber Framed Homes, Lodges, Fences, Deconstructed buildings and Shipyards/ Wine casks. It can also be found at facilities or sites that holds antique wood products such as boats, planes, or railroad ties.
One of the goals of the salvaging process is to acquire the wood before it gets shipped to the landfill. This means scouting for lumber at shipyards, demolition sites, shut factories/mills, and building renovation sites. Often, salvageable wood is mixed with other waste, so it’s necessary to do some sorting. When this happens, the professionals separate the high-quality pieces of timber from the waste and recyclable materials. The mid-grade pieces of wood that do not make the cut are reused and made into useful items like pallets, etc. Low-grade wood are used as firewood or becomes bio-fuel.
The highest-quality timber that’s salvaged is dried in a kiln to stabilize it. Once it’s dried, the lumber gets milled to remove its old, rugged exterior. This is when the lumber’s true beauty starts to appear, as you can see the different hues and characteristics of the original wood. The reclaimed wood is then packaged and shipped to those who seek beautiful furniture items like tabletops, panelling, flooring, decks, countertops, and more.
In addition, we use natural oil for wood finishing. Natural oils have many benefits over synthetic ones. One of the outstanding qualities of natural oil and, though to a slightly lesser degree in comparison to hard wax oil finishes is their ability to enhance the natural beauty of wood floors.
Natural oil finishes are made from vegetable oils, and most of them do not contain waxes or aromatic solvents. One of the major benefits of using an oil finish is penetration. Instead of coating the top of the plank, oil soaks into the wood. Natural oil finish cures and hardens the wood, forming a thin layer of protection from inside. This type of finish creates a matte appearance, making scratches and dents less noticeable. It’s not easy to spot repair in this type of finish, as the new oil will simply blend in with the old over a short period of time.
Unlike urethane coated hardwood, flooring finished with natural oils continue to look their best for years. Using specially formulated soap to clean your oil-finished hardwood actually helps to maintain the finish. With proper care and maintenance, this style of floor lasts for a lifetime. Lastly, most natural oil finishes release fewer volatile organic compounds (V.O.C.s) than other finishes.
In today’s age, people prefer natural products to synthetic ones. With reclaimed furniture coated with natural oil you get that look along with best quality. Owning such a piece, which will remain in your family for generations, is timeless!