Teak has been popular for generations. Pieces of furniture made decades ago are still just like new. This along with other traits explains why teak furniture is the best outdoor patio furniture.
Teak is a variety of hardwood that has been valued for years. The popularity only keeps growing. Many people consider the purchase of teak to be a status symbol for how well they are doing. Outside elements do not harm this wood. In fact, the elements can add to its beauty.
Termites and other insects are no threat to this wood. Being insect resistant certainly adds to its charm. Natural oils help it to keep itself preserved for years. Although it starts out with a lovely honey color, if allowed to age naturally, it becomes a beautiful silver grey. Many people like this aged look so much that they will only buy aged pieces. The greying, in addition to being beautiful, makes the piece even more durable. Even though the aged wood is so beautiful, some people still want to retain the original color. When this is the case new and even aged wood can be treated or restored so so that it never loses its color.
Benches, sun loungers, tables, and Adirondack chairs are all popular pieces of furniture made of this wood. Even some shade umbrella holders use it because of its strength.
One of its most appealing characteristics besides it s strength is the maintenance required for its upkeep. Fortunately there is almost no maintenance at all; especially if you are one of those who like the aged look. Since it is left outside, dirt can appear, but gentle soap and water are all it takes to make it look great again. Since it is full of its own oils, oiling should not be done. Its own oils help it to keep its strength and resistance. Varnish is also not needed and in fact should not be used. Likewise, steel wool and pressure washing are not good for the wood. They can cause damage, If you simply must have that original hue, it is relatively simple to keep or get your furniture that color.
To keep the original hue, teak sealers can be purchased. If you do not want to use soap and water for cleaning, there are teak cleaners as well. However, these cleaners are not really necessary. If the furniture has already aged to its silver grey, one can get it back to the original. Sand paper with extremely fine grain can be used. Just be careful and do not over do the job or you might cause damage. After preparing with sand paper all that is needed is to clean and seal.
There are no other woods that can compare with its durability. Lasting for years with almost no maintenance is one of its greatest qualities. One negative for purchasing teak might be the cost. It does cost more than other woods, However, considering how long it can last, the extra money could be a good investment. There are not many things so strong that you know they will be beautiful for several generations.
There are many reasons teak has been and remains so popular even today. Durability, resistance, beauty all contribute to why teak furniture is the best outdoor patio furniture.