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Info on Teak Furniture

About Teak Outdoor Furniture

Solid A-grade teak

This is a beautiful and classic addition to any outdoor space offered by LA Outdoor Furniture

        WHY TEAK IS THE BEST WOOD FOR OUTDOOR FURNITURE 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 LA Outdoor Furniture team 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. The wood’s high oil content means it can retain its luster for years and its strength does not diminish even after years of exposure.                                                                                                   

       4. Lasts a Lifetime Teak makes for very strong and long-lasting outdoor furniture. The wood is so dense and tightly grained that the logs don’t float like other wood. 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!                                                                                                              

      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.

      The Natural Aging and Greying of Teak Outdoor Furniture New pieces of teak wood furniture will be in a honey/brown color, teak’s natural state, and can often appear to be polished. The polished appearance comes from oil occurring naturally in the wood. The oil on the surface will evaporate after a few days outdoors. It is the oil that remains below the surface that gives the wood its durability. Left to age naturally outside, teak outdoor furniture will turn a handsome silver gray color. This process will take approximately 9-12 months depending on the amount of ultraviolet light and the rain the teak is exposed to. This greying process in no way affects the integrity of the teak. 

      Teak’s aged character suits any type of garden setting and is popular among many because it is natural and virtually maintenance free. Teak is a natural material and as such, it may see fine cracks in the end grain of components appear and then disappear with changes in atmospheric conditions. Such fine cracks are normal, especially in heavier components, like arms and legs, and will not affect the life or durability of your teak outdoor furniture.                                                           

       Retaining the Original Color of your Teak Outdoor Furniture if you want to preserve the honey/brown color of your teak outdoor furniture, a sealer is recommended. Teak sealers are usually solvent-based and of water-like viscosity, containing protection against mold, ultraviolet light and moisture. A variety of shades are available if you want a color other than the natural one. Sealers are easy to apply and generally must be applied every 6-12 months. If you choose to use a sealer, we recommend you visit a marine store and purchase specialty teak sealers (normally used on boats).

                                                                                                                                                       Cleaning Teak Furniture Teak requires very little maintenance apart from the occasional scrub with a mild solution of soapy water or a diluted mixture of SimpleGreen® and water to remove accumulated dirt. This should be followed by a rinse with clean water. To remove grease spots, a light scrub with a de-greasing agent is recommended. This, too, should followed by a rinse with clean water. If you want to remove the silver-gray patina and restore the furniture to its original color use a teak cleaner which can be purchased from a marine store.                                    

   Storing your Furniture for the Winter Teak furniture can be left outdoors uncovered all 12 months of the year, no matter where you live. If you choose to cover your teak furniture during winter, use a material that allows the wood to breathe. If you put your furniture away for the winter, do not store it in a heated room, because the heat can dry out the wood and cause cracks. It is normal for teak wood to expand and contract with time and changes in weather. Some of the joints are not glued, like the slats in the back of chairs. From time to time you may need to tighten the fasteners. As the wood ages, small checks or cracks may appear on the surface. This is normal and doesn’t affect the durability of the furniture. Teak ages gracefully. Any resulting imperfections give it the natural and durable quality you will love.