Cypress Outdoor Furniture - Advantages of Cypress
Properties and care
Cypress is a wood that has a long and interesting history, and according to historians, has been used for thousands of years in constructing a wide range of products. It is said that the ancient Egyptians used it to produce pharaoh caskets, and in the Middle Ages European craftsmen used it to carve our doors for cathedrals.
In modern times, it still remains one of the most popular woods for construction purposes - including building outdoor furniture.
One of the most durable of all softwoods, cypress has been used mainly for constructing buildings - especially where the structure/building is required to resist decay. Known to resist insects and chemical corrosion as well as decay, products made from this material include everything from boats tp pilings and most importantly outdoor furniture. It can also be milled to make doors, windows and even caskets.
Cypress produces the naturally occurring preservative cypressine which helps it go up against the harshest environmental conditions. Depending on what part of the tree is being used, it varies in coloring. The sapwood is pale yellow/white, and the heartwood varies in color from light to dark or reddish brown.
An easy wood to work with, cypress is also easily sanded and finishes well. It has little tendency to warp or twist which makes it more durable and stable - perfect for patio and outdoor furniture. Proper drying, priming, installation and finishing will help keep its lasting beauty and durability for years to come.
Cypress outdoor furniture care
If you choose to have your cypress outdoor furniture remain natural, you should apply a natural oil-based stain or preservative each year or as needed. Whereas, if you wish to paint your furniture, you should use an oil-based primer followed by an exterior oil or paint of your choice.
As this is a dense wood, and it may take a number of days to dry the wood after washing it. Clean your furniture using a solution of mild dishwashing liquid and water.