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Re: Old good teak deck
Getting the wood on a teak deck to last that long isn't really difficult. Keep it clean, even just scrubbing with salt water works well. Once a year, use a one part cleaner. Only use scotch brite pads, so bristles don't reach down and remove soft grain. If it is reasonably thick decking, a light sanding every 5 or 10 years will bring it back to near new.
Its the caulking in between and underneath that can be the devil and not always noticeable by eye, especially when dry. However, take a look at the same deck as rain is evaporating. You'll often notice board ends that seem saturated, which means water is getting through. The more screws, the more likely it will also find its way into the core material. I highly prefer glued decks.
Love teak decks, we have them. However, they are always a worry of some kind.
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