You may have heard about the recent trend in outdoor wood furniture: teak wood. Teak comes from a large tree found mainly in Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. It is the best wood for outdoor uses such as patio furniture and boats. When dealing with any new product, however, it is important to guard yourself with information before going out to buy. Here are a few things to know about teak furniture.
It’s What’s On The Inside That Counts
The real prize of teak is not what you can see on the outside, although that is gorgeous, but what is held within. Even after the wood dries and is turned into your furniture, teak maintains oils and rubber that act as natural weatherproofing. This means the furniture is incredibly durable and easy to maintain. This is why it is often used outdoors.
When you first buy natural teak it is a gorgeous golden color. Over time, it will probably lighten into a silver if you choose not to treat it. This silver is also gorgeous and does not mean the wood is rotting or weakening. You just have to decide which color you want for your decor.It is all just based on personal preference. You can buy pre-weathered teak that is already gray, or you can treat the wood to keep the gold color. Or, you can allow it to lighten over time. Shop around and decide what’s best for your home.
Look Out for the Environment
You have probably heard about the evils of deforestation and teak is not an innocent player. Many ecosystems and communities have suffered from an uptick in teak furniture sales. Fortunately, there are alternatives. Make sure to buy your teak only from furniture stores who sell environmentally friendly teak. You can be sure by only buying FSC-certified teak. This means the wood was built on a teak plantation and does not harm the environment.
If you are looking for outdoor wood furniture, teak is the best choice by far. Just keep these points in mind and take time to shop for the product that works best for your home.