What is teak ..?
Teak is a hardwood that has the benefit of being easy to work with, in addition to its structural strength and durability. Because of those qualities, woodworkers have been making teak furniture for centuries. Teak wood grows in countries that have tropical rainforests, such as India, Thailand and Malaysia.
Since the Middle Ages, teak wood has been prized as material in the shipbuilding industry because the wood has the unique qualities of not rotting or accumulating rust even when joined with metal. Due to its high oil content, teak wood is water repellent which also makes it resistant to insect infestation. Early teak furniture makers recognized these weatherproof advantages when British sailing ships were decommissioned but the teak was still salvageable.
In the 1800s during the Victorian era, furniture makers experimented with the idea of creating teak furniture for outdoor use – and that is one of the primary markets for teak furniture even today. Teak park benches still in use in some European cities date back 100 years.
Today’s teak furniture market is driven by consumers who know and appreciate the qualities and longevity of teak furniture. In addition to its reputation for durability, teak furniture is known for its rich warm color and satiny smooth surface. Patio furniture is a prime example of fine teak furniture, but teak is also fashioned into outdoor decking, indoor tables and chairs, and executive office furniture.
owners of outdoor teak furniture prefer to let the wood age and weather as it turns a mellow gray tone, but others would rather retain the original color by applying annual coats of teak oil. While this treatment is not necessary to protect the wood, the process is not difficult and many hold that the application of teak oil extends the life of teak furniture. If you do decide to oil your teak furniture, remember to apply the oil before the color begins to fade – and always apply the oil on clean surfaces or else the trapped dirt may cause your teak furniture to turn black.
If you are in the market for teak furniture, you may be surprised to find out that teak furniture is quite expensive. But, if you are tired of replacing your patio furniture every year or so, the purchase of teak furniture may actually save you money over the years