Outdoor furniture is a big investment, and there’s one factor that will determine how long your investment will last: the material the furniture is made from.
Teak is the hardest, most durable and strongest of the hardwoods, making it the perfect material for outdoor furniture that lasts.
Used in shipbuilding since the middle ages, it continues to be used today in the construction of ships and high-end yachts and boats. When introduced to the U.S. in the 1950′s it quickly became a popular choice for outdoor furniture.
1. Weather Resistant
An outstanding feature of teak outdoor furniture is the ability to withstand all types of weather. It is one of the few woods in the world containing a natural oil which repels water, keeping it from warping, cracking or becoming brittle.
Outdoor furniture made from teak will withstand the harsh effects of hard rains, severe winter snow storms and broiling sun without its strength diminishing. The outdoor furniture found at most high-end ski lodges is made from teak due to this wonderful quality.
2. Pest Resistant
The same resins and oils that protect against weather, also serve as repellents against insects like termites and marine borers. By choosing outdoor furniture made from teak, you know you wont need to worry about pests.
3. Low Maintenance
Outdoor furniture made from teak wood needs no paint or varnish. With the wood’s high oil content teak will fade to a beautiful even colored patina and will not look patchy or black. If your desire is to show off it’s showroom luster, then apply a natural teak sealer from a marine store when needed.
4. Lasts a Lifetime
Teak makes for very strong and long-lasting outdoor furniture.
There are century-old teak park benches in England made from dismantled ships – a testament to the durability of this wood. Purchasing a piece of outdoor furniture made from teak may mean you will be able to one day give it to your grandkids!
5. Is Beautiful and Stays Beautiful
When new, Teak wood furniture has a honey brown color. Over time it will age naturally into an elegant patina grey. If you don’t want the original color to fade, see our information on retaining the original color. In it’s original state or weathered grey, the natural teak wood complements any outdoor space with class.
Further, teak furniture never rusts. Other woods will start to rust and deteriorate when in contact with metal. Teak is one of the few woods which does not. Since many pieces of outdoor furniture made from teak wood have metal fittings, this is another amazing quality of this outdoor furniture which keeps it looking good for years to come.