10 Tips for Buying Outdoor Teak Furniture

August 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Teak outdoor furniture has become increasingly popular as consumers become more aware of the advantages that teak wood has over other materials used to make outdoor furniture. Not only is teak beautiful and natural, it is also durable and resistant to harsh weather conditions including severe rain and freezing. Its natural high oil content helps prevent it from decaying and rotting.

Even though it tends to be more expensive than other materials, it may be well worth the price when considering its longevity. It is not uncommon to find heirloom furniture from generations past made of teak wood.

Teak furniture is also gaining widespread popularity due to its style, and it is rapidly becoming a symbol of status and luxury. This furniture has a timeless appearance and gives an elegant appeal to outdoor spaces. This wood is versatile as it can be utilized in making a variety of products including chairs, dining sets, benches, and other accessories.

Teak wood furniture can be hard to find as does not grow abundantly in most places, so beware of imitators. At first it may be hard to tell the real from the imitators, but a little teak wood knowledge can keep you from suffering over a bad purchase later. If purchasing teak outdoor furniture is on your agenda, consider the following tips before buying to ensure that you get the most for your money.

outdoor teak furniture 10 Tips for Buying Outdoor Teak Furniture

1. Avoid disappointment by making sure that your product consists of 100% teak wood and not other cheap filler materials. Using teak wood with other less expensive products cheapens and weakens your furniture.

2. Look for Grade A teak wood furniture; it is the most superior of teak wood furniture. Teak wood furniture also comes in Grade B and Grade C quality ratings, with Grade C being the lowest quality.

3. Purchase teak wood with a moisture content between 8% and 12%. This low moisture content helps make teak wood more durable and resilient. Wood with improper moister content levels increase the woods rate of decay.
4. Check for knots and smoothness of the wood grain. Furniture that contains many knots is probably made of low quality wood. Grains of teak wood are fine and tightly packed, allowing for a smooth surface feel.

5. Check for warping of the wood. Because teak furniture does not retain much moisture, the wood doesn’t warp – even over long periods of time.

6. Look for a natural colored material. Fresh teak has a yellowish brown tint; old and exposed woods turn gray and silverfish. Avoid items that look too oily.

7. Examine pieces for imperfections, including scratches, cracks, or other damages. Unlike other woods, genuine teak does not chip.

8. Because teak possesses high oil content, it carries a distinctive fragrance. Furniture with no fragrance or artificial fragrances should be avoided.

9. Purchase teak outdoor furniture made of government-regulated, plantation-grown teak to help ensure quality.

10. Make sure that furniture joints and fittings are made from quality stainless steel or solid brass.

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