Originally Posted by Steve W
Apex, exactly where have i shown a bias on this subject? I started this thread to ask if anyone had any experience of several interesting species of hardwood that have shown up in the lumberyard,(notice that even though i have been a boatbuilder for over 35yrs i am not too proud to ask questions of others if i am not knowlegable on a particular subject) I would suggest that it is you who has the solid bias, not being even willing to acknowlege that there may be other suitable woods out there. Believe it or not us builders dont necessarily all think teak is the best wood available.
Well, I am sorry to have used the term bias. It was not appropriate in this case.
But when we count all the properties* of the suitable timber, we have to agree that Teak is hard to beat. *These include of course, the "value" a customer sees in the particular material.
I share your concerns about the abuse most teak decking sees by overly keen owners. The regular brushing with the grain is idiotic, but done by nearly all of them. If they would service the deck as a pro does (nearly not), they would have the same lifespan out of it as the "Queen Mary" decks have until today!
Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) is a valid alternative for the applications you have in mind. It weathers nice and does not need more attention than Teak. It lasts longer than oak and must not be waxed, oiled or varnished, though some treatment gives a longer lifespan of course.
Originally Posted by michael pierzga
For decks I see more and more synthetic products being used.
Stay away from that *****. I replaced a 6 month´s old synth. deck on a newbuilt just a few weeks ago, by Teak.