5 reasons why teak is the best species for outdoor furniture

Outdoor furniture is a big investment for many, as a full set of outdoor furniture can cost a bit of money. With this in mind, you want to be sure that your outdoor furniture is going to stand the test of time.

Teak is the most durable and strongest of the hardwood timber species, making it the perfect material for outdoor furniture that lasts. Teak has been used in shipbuilding for centuries, which goes to show how good it is! Since the 1950’s or so, it has quickly become a top choice for garden furniture due to its durability and beautiful colour.

5 reasons teak is best for outdoor furniture

1. Teak lasts

Teak makes for wonderfully durable and long-lasting timber for outdoor furniture use. Teak was commonly a popular choice of timber for ships, thanks to its water-resistant properties and so there are century-old teak park benches in England made from dismantled ships. This just shows how durable and long-lasting this wood can be, which is why it makes for the best species for outdoor furniture too!

Purchasing a piece of outdoor furniture made from teak means that it will last a lifetime and will grow with your family, rather than fall apart.

2. Teak is weather resistant

One of the key features of teak outdoor furniture is its ability to withstand all sorts of weather conditions, without needing to be covered up or taken inside. It is one of the few timber species in the world which contains a natural oil that repels water. This helps to keep it from warping, cracking or becoming brittle.

Outdoor furniture made from teak will withstand the harsh effects of hard rains, severe snowstorms and boiling sunshine without compromising on strength and longevity.

3. Teak is pest resistant

The same natural resins and oils that protect team against weather also serve as natural repellents against insects like termites. By choosing outdoor furniture made from teak, you are less likely to have to worry about pests. Moreover, teak has excellent resistance to rotting, which cannot be said for some more delicate timber species.

4. Teak is low maintenance

Outdoor furniture made from teak wood needs no paint or varnish, which makes it the perfect choice for those who don’t want to have to do a lot!

Due to the wood having a high oil content, teak will fade to a beautifully even coloured patina and will not look patchy or black. It’s the perfect choice for a low maintenance but stylish garden.

5. Teak is beautiful

When first turned into furniture, teak has a lovely honey brown colour. When used inside, this will often remain this colour if it is oiled.

In comparison, when being used as outdoor furniture teak will age naturally into an elegant grey colour. As mentioned above, teak is incredibly low maintenance. However, if you don’t want the original colour to fade you can treat the timber more thoroughly to stop it from changing colour when being subjected to the elements. We quite like the grey though!

Zoe Kickhefer
zoe@everydaylifes.com