Four reasons teak is the best wood for outdoor furniture

Outdoor furniture can be a big investment for your home, and there’s one factor that will determine how long your investment will last: the material the furniture is made from. If you are splurging on outdoor furniture, then it is worth opting for a high-quality material that will last in the long run.

Teak is an ideal choice for outdoor furniture as this species is the hardest, most durable and strongest of the hardwoods. Teak has been used in shipbuilding since the middle ages and continues to be used today for that application.

But we’ve taken a look at some of the reasons you might want to invest in teak garden furniture below.

Why teak is great for garden furniture

1. Teak is weather resistant

As mentioned, teak is an incredible durable hardwood timber. It is also one of the few woods in the world containing a natural oil which repels water. This ability to repel water stops the wood from warping, cracking or becoming brittle.

Outdoor furniture made from teak is able to withstand the harsh effects of hard rains, severe winter snow and hot sun without the quality diminishing. This is all thanks to its natural makeup and properties, so you can be rest assured that your teak outdoor furniture will withstand any climate.

2. Teak is resistant to pests

The same natural resins and oils that protect against weather also serve as repellents against insects like termites and marine borers.

Unlike some timber species which are susceptible to infestation and rotting, teak can remain outside and remain untreated without being at risk of getting ruined by weather or by annoying pests!

3. Teak is low maintenance

Teak garden furniture requires no paint or varnish to protect it due to the high oil content in the wood. So unless you really want to, you don’t have to treat your teak furniture.

Teak is also very strong, and this makes it a great choice for long-lasting outdoor furniture that can be used by families for years and passed down as a stunning garden set from one generation to another.

4. Teak is beautiful

When new, teak wood furniture has a honey brown colour which is lovely, and then over time it will age naturally into an elegant patina grey. However, if you want to keep it that honey brown colour and show off its showroom lustre then you can apply a natural teak sealer.