Teak Outdoor Furniture - Enjoy the benefits of teak
Properties and care
Ever since ancient times, the benefits of teak for making essential products - including outdoor furniture - has been recognized worldwide. The wood is easy to work with, and its resistance to decay has made it not only a popular timber tree, but also a valuable resource.
Originating from the extreme conditions in Asian rainforests, teak is incredibly strong and will resist any and all weather conditions. A popular option for boat-building since the middle ages due to its ability to prevent rust and corrosion when in contact with metal, this type of wood has remained a top choice for people needing a durable building material.
In the late 1800s, the popularity for teak being used in outdoor furniture grew. Commonly used in native India, teak soon made its way to England, and teak benches and chairs became a common addition to gardens there. The wood contains natural chemicals that give it its dark color and help to repel insects and fungi that would otherwise destroy it. It is relatively hard, yet flexible enough to work with and it is extremely durable. Its durability and strength also mean that it makes a great material for garden and patio furniture.
In the current times, teak outdoor garden furniture is a common sight the world over, with its dark, classic appearance. It can be found in areas from ski resorts to public parks. A cheaper option to teak wood is shorea.
Caring For Your Teak Garden Furniture
There are a number of products available that are designed specifically for caring for your teak outdoor patio furniture, including brighteners, oils and cleaners.
When left bare and unsanded, garden furniture made of this timber will fade to a natural silver-gray color, although this color change will not affect the durability of the furniture or the wood itself. To maintain the smooth finish and golden brown color, the furniture will need to be sanded regularly. To extend the period of time between sandings, apply teak oil every three months (this will simply maintain the color – not the life of the wood). The oil does not prolong the life of teak; it simply maintains the golden brown color.
Once you stain your furniture, you cannot return to the natural golden brown or silver-gray color without numerous sandings as the stain is intended to be permanent.
Also, don’t forget to cover your furniture during winter months or move into covered area.