Teak Patio Furniture
Teak Patio Furniture Summary
The best wood for outdoors, making it the most expensive outdoor wood patio furniture available
It is very durable and lasts many decades
Level of maintenance ranges from almost none to a very high amount depending on the desired look
Long Lasting Teak Patio Furniture
The superior durability of teak make it the best choice for outdoor wood patio furniture. Teak wood is very smooth and does not splinter like other woods. Teak patio furniture contains oils which resist decay, mildew, and insects. It is an exteremly durable wood and resists warping, hence it was used for building sailing ships in the past centuries. The pleasant aroma is comparable to leather. Substitutes, namely jarrah, shorea, nyatoh, and robinia woods, will not perform as well as the genuine material. They are similar, but do not last as long. When new, teak wood can be colored anywhere from reddish brown to a golden honey-color. If left outdoors with no treatment, the wood weathers into a faded gray in the sun though this does not affect its lifespan. Teak patio furniture can easily last 50 years, more than twice the lifetime of cedar. Indoors, the golden color is maintained. Overall, this wood is a great choice for contemporary or traditional looks. It is an investment that should last a lifetime.
What is Teak Patio Furniture?
Teak, or tectona grandis, its Latin name, is a deciduous hardwood tree indigenous to Southeast Asia. It is a dense, oily wood with a tight grain weighing 40 pounds per cubic feet when dry. The wood is generally straight grained. After the trees are harvested, they are kiln-dried to remove moisture. This prevents cracking and shrinking when left in the sun. Enough moisture is removed to even maintain its apperance in hot desert suns.
If teak furniture is bought already oiled, it will have a darker than normal, brown color with a soft sheen. This coating helps resist the setting of stains and reduces the graying caused by exposure to the sun. Teak oil should be applied every few months to a year if the golden look is desired.
Maintaining Teak Patio Furniture
The maintenance of teak patio furniture depends entirely on one's own personal tastes. Some people enjoy the new, golden brown look, while others preffer the grey, weathered look. For people satisfied with grey patio furniture, no maintenance is required. For people who want the newer look, a high level of maintenence is required. One must rub chemical brighteners and teak oil on the furniture every few months to a year. The wood can also be stained or painted. It is important to use a finish that contains ultrviolet filters since this will lessen the amount of upkeep needed. To oil a piece of furniture, the piece must first be cleaned and then sanded in any areas where necessary.
Always be sure to sand in the direction of the grain of the wood. Use a paint brush and apply the oil from the top to the bottom. After about 5 to 15 minutes when the oil becomes a little sticky, wipe off any excess oil with a cotton rag. Use a clean rag to buff the furniture. A second coat should be applied at least an hour later if needed. For stains, scrub teak patio furniture with a normal household brush and warm soapy water. Clean water should be used to wash soapy water away. Sanding the area can also be done if the stain is especially stubborn. Even with no maintenance some teak patio furniture has been around for 100 years. Be prepared to keep this furniture for a very long time.