When looking for outdoor furniture that will stand years of usage, wear, and tear, teak is a clear choice. This tropical hardwood has a great history that extends across continents and people. If you want weather-resistant patio furniture, teak wood is naturally resistant to elements, pests, and decay. It's also incredibly strong and durable, making it perfect for outdoor use!
In this post, we'll explore the characteristics and properties of teak patio furniture and why it's the best choice for your outdoor space. Feel free to check out our teak patio furniture collection. Our furniture brand has beautiful, durable designs to boost your lounging experience.
Teak: A Treasure of Natural Elegance and Durability
Teak is the hardest, toughest, and sturdiest of the hardwoods. It is native to Southeast Asia and has a great usage history spanning centuries. It has been used to make various things. Originally, Southern Asia natives used it to build homes. They also used it to prepare drinks to explore its healing properties.
Later the Brits started using hardwood to build ships. Its amazing characteristics and properties have helped determine its uses throughout time. It's a dense wood naturally resistant to elements, insects, fire, and rotting.
Where is teak found?
You can find teak plantations In India, Thailand, Bangladesh, and Indonesia, where they are grown mainly for exports. The latter has been farming the hardwood for centuries since Buddhist monks carried it over from Burma (currently Myanmar). Teak plantations have also cropped up in Brazil, Panama, Nigeria, Costa Rica, and other places with the right soil and climate.
It's durable, weather resistant, and has a beautiful golden brown color that only gets richer with age. These properties and characteristics make it ideal for carpentry work and outdoor furniture.
Tortuga teak products bear the Legal Wood stamp, ensuring the materials were harvested per international laws and sustainability practices. We only use teak from natural forests. These woods are often older and have a denser grain than teak trees that grow in plantations. This makes them more durable and resistant to rot and decay.
The Benefits of Choosing Teak Patio Furniture
As mentioned, teak is the strongest, sturdiest, and most durable hardwood. It contains natural oils and tannins that act as preservatives and pest repellants. It has a golden brown color that ages gracefully. It's typically used to make outdoor furniture such as patio chairs, outdoor sofas, outdoor table sets, mats, serving trays,s, etc. the advantages of teak outdoor furniture include:
Teak has a classic and versatile color that complements a variety of outdoor settings. Tortuga teak patio furniture is made from highly functional designs that emphasize comfort. Be it the Jakarta teak wood rocking chair or the lazy Susan turntable with an umbrella hole. All pieces are built to offer comfort and functionality. They are designed with smooth polished sanded finishes that can be dressed up or down and will consistently look elegant.
Outdoor furniture is a valuable investment; the last thing you want is to waste your money on a table set or chair that will break down in a few months forcing you to spend again. Teak is durable. It has a tight wood grain so that it won't break easily. Teak outdoor furniture is the ideal choice for settings that involve a lot of activity. It's incredibly resistant to weight and wear and tear.
Pest & Weather-resistant
Weather resistance is a must for outdoor furniture. Teak patio furniture has the potential to withstand all manner of elements. It has a high concentration of oils within its grain. The oils help it repel water and resist cracking and warping. For example, we have a teak wooden shower stand and mat bundle. Also, teak patio furniture doesn't become too brittle and won't lose strength in the sun.
The high oil content also makes teak naturally resistant to pests and rot. The oil in the wood grain contains tannins that help repel fungicides and insects. Tannins are polyphenols with antioxidants and astringent properties that help dehydrate insects and fungicides, keeping them from surviving. Apart from tannins, the oil also contains silicic acid, a mineral with antifungal and antibacterial properties. It helps keep pets from penetrating the wood surface.
Thanks to the natural oil abundant in the wood's grain, teak furniture is a low-maintenance type of furniture. As mentioned, the oils contain tannins and silicic acid that help keep insects and fungi away. The wood also contains lignin, a natural grain strengthener and insect repellant.
Teak furniture can be left outdoors without the need for weather-proofing. It's durable, can withstand heavy use, and is resistant to scratches and dents. Above all, teak furniture doesn't need painting or staining, saving you time and money in the long run. The wood has a charming golden brown color that only gets richer and more appealing with age. It will turn into classic patina grey with time.
That said, here are tips for caring for your Tortuga teak furniture.
- Clean it regularly: You can clean teak furniture using mild soap and water. Don't use harsh chemicals whatsoever. Harsh chemicals can interfere with the wood's natural immunity to weather, pests, and fungi. Also, avoid leaving the furniture wet for an extended period.
- Oil it every 12 months: Teak has natural oils that protect it from the elements and keep it looking its best. However, applying a sealant once a year is still wise. Some climates are harsher than others. A coat of oil will further protect your teak furniture from rain, sun, snow, and other harsh elements.
- Avoid applying excessive weight. Just because teak furniture is strong doesn't mean it can withstand unreasonable amounts of weight. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations.
- Use outdoor furniture covers such as the ones we have available here for added protection.
If you follow the above-mentioned tips, your teak furniture collection will maintain its beautiful appearance for many years.
Here at Tortuga Outdoor our teak designs feature smart, reliable craftsmanship, smooth sanded finishes, and high-quality accessories to round up their premium looks. Please check them out and select the ones that'll help you create the ultimate patio experience. They are affordable designs, built to withstand many years of wear and tear.
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