Redwood Outdoor Furniture
Redwood Patio Furniture Properties & Care
Redwood outdoor furniture has been popular among patio furniture owners for a number of years. This tree originates from the pacific coast areas of the United States of America. Growing to more than 300ft high and over 2,500 years old, the best quality wood comes from the heartwood which is resistant to deterioration from sunlight, moisture and insects.
There are three species – Coast, Sierra and Dawn. The Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) and the Sierra Redwood (Sequoiadendron gigantea) are native to California, whereas the Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia) grows in China.
The most popular use of this type of wood is to make delectable outdoor furniture and artistic carvings - and the two are often combined. Craftsman enjoy using it because it is lightweight but strong and is easy to work with. It also has very few messy resins or pitch, and also bonds well.
This timber is a natural deterrent to the harsh effects of weather and damage by insects, making redwood perfect for outdoor furniture. Tough enough to resist warping and splitting, these furnishings have a natural beauty which will suit many people’s needs with little or no maintenance through the years.
Many people prefer to coat redwood outdoor furniture with a stain finish to extend its life. No other softwood accepts paints, stains and other coatings better than Redwood. As the wood has a beautiful natural coloring, it is recommended that a clear stain is used. This will require reapplication every year, or every second year.
Redwood Patio Furniture Care
Being a low maintenance wood, any outdoor furniture made from redwood should be relatively easy to take care of. As with its teak and cedar counterparts, it is best to wash it with a solution of mild detergent and water (again, it is not good to wash redwood if it is unstained or unpainted). After washing down the pieces, make sure that you dry the wood with a cloth.
If you spill anything on the wood, then it should be wiped down as soon as possible (especially with carbonated drinks), to avoid permanent staining.