Outdoor furniture need to be chosen carefully to withstand the elements that it will be exposed to. Teak furniture is one of the most popular choices for the outdoors.
The reason is that teak is noted for its durability and hardiness. This kind of wood also has beautiful grain and presentation that makes it a joy to the eye and a joy to own.
The resin oil that is naturally in this hardwood helps to repel insects as well as making it resistant to water and the drying effects of the sun.
Silica is also found in teak, which makes teak more durable by preventing warping, deforming and rotting. The initial appearance of your teak furniture is a warm golden color. As it is exposed to the elements of the outdoors, it will eventually lose its shine and change color to grey.
Do not worry; it will not lose its durability even as it changes color.
Check The Quality
The best way to choose teak furniture is to check out the wood if it has chips, cracks and other breaks that may compromise its durability.
Wood damage usually starts from these blemishes compared to teak furniture that is naturally sealed without any blemishes.
You also need to be sure that the teak you intend to buy is wholly made of teak. Some manufacturers may insert a different kind of wood in some places far from the discerning eye.
It is best to inspect the furniture for wood that may look different (different wood grain, colors and texture) from the rest before you buy it and it is delivered to your home.
If you see knots in the teak outdoor furniture you intend to buy, consider the implication that the knot is one vulnerable spot where decay can start.
Ask your teak outdoor furniture supplier how the teak is dried. Kiln dried is best because this eliminates warping and cracking. Air dried or sun dried wood may result in inferior quality teak furniture even if the wood is of higher quality.
The reason for this is that unlike kiln drying, other forms of wood drying may not be thorough.
Many people have heard of the quality and hardiness of teak furniture. This does not mean that all of it is made of high quality teak. It is best to follow this guide in choosing the right kind of teak furniture for your outdoor needs.