When it comes to outdoor furniture, a large number of people prefer choosing teak as the material for their designs. This type of timber can withstand almost all elements and has a strong durability due to its presence of natural oils. Teak can be expensive. Due to its costs, using teak for furniture is regularly considered as a ‘status symbol’. Several people consider teak furniture as an heirloom and pass it down through generations.
Teak is a hardwood tree of the species ‘Tectona Grandis’. The word ‘teak’ is derived from ‘tekku’ in Tamil, ‘thekku’ in Malayalam, and ‘teca’ in Portuguese. It is frequently considered the king of hardwoods and is one of the most valuable timbers. The timber has supreme opulent beauty and is more durable than any other type of wood. In the ancient Burmese and Thai cultures, the tree was considered to be royalty.
The tree contains natural oils and rubbers, which allow it to withstand almost every kind of weather. This has made it the pillar of the building industry. The timber is capable of resisting splintering, warping, and rotting. It is used for numerous purposes such as shipbuilding, fine furniture, window and doorframes, quays, bridges, flooring, and more. A significant property of teak is its exceptionally good dimensional ability. It has distinctive colours, which range from olive to yellowish grey or moderate brown.
One of the main reasons that teak is the best choice for outdoor furniture is that it lasts for a lifetime. Good quality teak products are known to last for an average of 75 years. As it can be considered a premium material, teak can be expensive. Grade A is the best quality of teak available; the trees are at least 45 years old. The older the teak tree; the higher the concentration of oil, which protects the tree, meaning it is more durable and thus adding to the end cost of the product. Some of the trees are less expensive as they are less than 15 years old; however; products made from these trees are incapable of lasting a lifetime. One can tell if the teak being used is of Grade-A quality as it is generally heavier than lower quality trees.
Due to the popularity of teak as a material, the trees are generally grown with the environment in mind. That is, a vast majority of teak is sourced from responsibly managed forests. The trees are scientifically cultivated and harvested, helping support the cause of environmental sustainability.
Teak furniture is easy to maintain, making it possible to choose it for your outdoor spaces. It is possible to maintain the pristine condition of the furniture in outdoor spaces with minimum effort. With the passage of time, the wood begins to turn grey. To keep it looking new you can take the following steps:
If you are keen to purchase teak outdoor furniture, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team at Bali Republic.