Teak, or Tectona grandis, is a firm favourite species of wood for outdoor applications, such as decking, boat/yacht construction, and furniture, and has been for many years. There are a variety of reasons for this, and below are 5 of the top ones for why teak is the right choice for your garden furniture.
Unique Natural Properties
Teak is rich in naturally occurring oils and rubber, which make it inherently resistant to the elements, insects and rot. These natural oils are retained throughout the lifespan of the wood, so it is often unnecessary and detrimental to apply teak oil, especially if the teak is Grade A. Grade A teak comes from the heart of the tree, where the natural oils and rubbers are richest, whilst the lower grades are taken from the outer sections of the teak tree.
This means that these grades are often cheaper, less reliable, and are unlikely to have the same longevity as Grade A teak.
As well as being weatherproof, teak is extremely strong and durable as it is a dense, close-grained, tropical hardwood. This quality makes it ideal for commercial use in public gardens and parks, but it also means that the furniture should last a lifetime in a private setting. Teak furniture is also very heavy, so is unlikely to be tipped over and damaged in strong winds.
Teak can be left outside uncovered and untreated all year round, and usually only requires occasional cleaning with warm soapy water. As mentioned, it is not recommended that you use teak oil, but there are water-based products available to help protect the preferred wood colour, or to apply a barrier for protection against food stains and fungi growth.
There are also stronger cleaning products available if it has been some time since your teak was cleaned, or if you wish to try and remove some of a product that has been applied. It is worth noting that if you begin treating/oiling the wood, you will normally need to continue this annually to replenish the product that you have applied.
Teak is not only hardy and easy to care for, it is also a beautiful wood. Teak furniture starts off a lovely golden honey colour which, if left untreated, will gradually weather to an elegant silver-grey patina. This means it remains a stunning feature in any outdoor space throughout its lifetime.
Teak has ageless beauty and style, which has been highly sought after for centuries. You can pick and choose from a variety of attractive traditional, ornate or contemporary designs, but you can be confident that the furniture will remain a classic and stylish addition to your outside space. Teak is arguably the best wood to use for garden furniture as it has many excellent qualifying factors, such as its strength, durability, and appearance. It is these properties, which make it highly desirable and somewhat expensive, but most will agree that it is worth the investment, as you will get many years of use and enjoyment out of your teak furniture.
Steven Watts writes for