With its durability and warm butter-colored wood, teak has long been regarded as a great choice for outdoor furniture. Moreover, teak has a natural composition of “rubber and oils [that] serves as Mother Nature’s weatherproofing, protecting against water, rot and insects, ensuring that your furnishings will last year after year” (1). While teak is a popular choice for patio furniture, there are still a few things you should keep in mind when shopping for teak patio furniture.
Because of its natural abilities to withstand the elements, teak is regarded as a high-end material for outdoor furniture. For this reason, it’s typically priced more expensively than other materials. For people who like to change their décor regularly, teak might not be the ideal choice. On the other hand, for anyone who plans to hang onto their set for a long time to come, a teak patio set is a solid investment.
When placed in the sun, unfinished teak can lose its rich buttery color. Teak naturally turns a silver gray after years of exposure to sunlight. While many homeowners choose to oil their teak to prevent this color-change, the oil can promote the growth of mold or mildew. Many people prefer to buy pre-weathered teak, however, so they bring home a silver-gray set to begin with. If you like the natural butter tones of teak but don’t want the oil, take care to provide your furniture with shade.
Is Teak Sustainable Wood?
The demand for teak has many people concerned about the impact of deforestation. While not all teak has been harvested with sustainability in mind, much of today’s teak wood comes from plantations that employ sustainable practices. Look for furniture that is FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council). Furniture that boasts this certification has been stamped as environmentally friendly.
Teak patio furniture is a smart choice for anyone who wants a quality set designed to withstand the elements. Although teak furniture may seem like a boring addition to your backyard garden, they come with a variety of “materials and styles ranging from contemporary teak to resin wicker to sculptured wood” (2). Keep these considerations in mind, however, when shopping for your teak outdoor furniture. Be sure to ask your vendor if you have any other questions about teak wood.
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1. “What to Know Before You Buy Teak Outdoor Furniture”, Houzz, http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/25029210/list/What-to-Know-Before-You-Buy-Teak-Outdoor-Furniture
2. “Teak Dining and Folding Chairs”, Terra Patio, http://www.terrapatio.com/chairs.html