By Catherine Olivia
The purchase of teak garden furniture is a true investment in
value. Teak is an excellent choice for outdoor furniture as
wood ages beautifully and will give you many, many, carefree
years of enjoyment.
Teak is an extremely dense-grained wood and is highly
to rot, warping, shrinkage and swelling which makes is ideal
outdoor garden and patio furniture. It is claimed that some
benches in public parks in England that are still in use today
are made of recycled decking from old sailing ships and are
nearly a century old. You will want to choose your style of
teak furniture carefully as your outdoor teak furniture will
around for many years. It could even outlast you and become a
Teak is also one of the easiest of woods to care for. It will
thrive with absolutely no care whatsoever, and over time will
develop a patina of silver gray as it ages. It can be left in
this natural state or, if you wish, it can be sanded and then
rubbed with teak oil to bring back it's original honey color.
Teakwood has a life expectancy of 75 years if left untreated.
Teak is smooth to the touch and does not splinter. Most teak
furniture owners will leave their teak furniture outside all
year long. Left outside during Spring, Summer, Fall or
your teak will age gracefully.
Most teak is harvested from renewable government plantations
Indonesia, which makes it an ecologically friendly wood.
Indonesian teak is considered by many teak furniture
manufacturers to be the highest quality of teak wood available
in the world today. Teak is generally kiln dried, which
the wood is dried to the core, unlike air drying. Teak
furniture is generally all made with mortise and tendon
joinery. This is a superior method of construction which
results in more solid and durable pieces of furniture. Most
manufacturers will also use solid brass castings, screws and
bolts in the construction of their furniture. Brass hardware
will never rust, even left outside in all weather conditions.
The highest quality teak furniture will also be fully machine
made. Fully machine made teak furniture guarantees more
uniformity and a more perfect finished product.
Teak comes in many timeless and classic styles. Whether
looking for a dining table with matching chairs, a single
bench, a steamer chair, a chaise lounge, a Adirondack chair,
any of the other many styles of teak furniture available, your
purchase of teak furniture will be a lasting value.
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