In the mid 1900’s heavy wood planking, usually Teak was used to protect decks of many naval vessels including aircraft carriers. The wood planking offered protection from the intense heat from fire generated by attack or flight deck accidents. Without wood as an insulator, steel decks would buckle, sometimes causing the entire hull to distort. During World War II Teak became unavailable when Japan occupied Southeast Asia. The Allied navies turned to Douglas Fir and a South American hardwood which today is being brought to you as Naval Deck™.