Outdoor furniture is often an extension of a home and allows us to enjoy our outdoor spaces as much as our indoor spaces. Teak has long been a popular choice for outdoor garden furniture thanks to its durability and beautiful colouring.
We’ve highlighted some things you should know when buying teak furniture, so that you know what to expect.
Things to know about teak furniture
Teak trees are a dense, close-grained tropical hardwood with a high natural oil content. These trees are native to South and Southeast Asia and their genetic makeup makes the timber extremely durable, weather resistant, rot resistant, termite resistant, and almost impervious to the effects of extreme weather. This timber has been used in ship building for years, thanks to its strength and natural resistance to water, so it is clear to see why it is also popular for outdoor furniture.
One key benefit of team is that plantation teak is considered a renewable resource and is harvested and planted to produce a renewable supply. The growing cycle of plantation teak is 35 – 50 years for it to fully mature, but in a teak plantation trees are carefully planted at the same rate they are being harvested.
Aside from its incredible strength, teak is also popular due to its beautiful style. The beauty of teak is that it does not need to be treated, and if left untreated it will age naturally into a silver-grey patina colour that is timeless and stunning. If you’d prefer to try and maintain the original golden honey colour then you can treat it to keep this colour.
Another key benefit is that teak furniture will last for generations without needing a lot of maintenance, and so it is fantastic for all gardens. Periodic cleaning and protection from stains and mildew by simply wiping the furniture down with a damp cloth and some warm soapy water is all you really need.