Teak Furniture Buying Guide
Teak is a highly valued hardwood that is a premium outdoor material option for customers seeking the unique qualities of a luxury wood material. when considering buying teak outdoor furniture, there are a few things you should know to make the best decision for your backyard design, wallet, and the environment. Outdoor teak patio furniture is sold in two conditions, and refers to both treated and untreated teak. Both treated and untreated versions of teak furniture can be utilized in outdoor settings.
If you think teak outdoor furniture is the right choice for your yard or outdoor space, it’s in your best interest to learn how to identify real, high quality teak vs. low quality or mixed teak pieces. Here is what to look for when learning how to identify teak wood
- Teak has a long, straight grain that is sleek and smooth to the touch. Not only does it look elegant but it feels buttery-soft on your hands. Cheaper teak will have larger knots and generally look less cohesive. Depending on the grade of your teak.
- Depending on customers’ aesthetic preference, teak patio furniture can display a warm honey tone, or age to a silvery grey patina for unique aesthetic value. The color of the teak will vary from species to species, but the highest quality teak will have a golden-brown color. Grade B teak will be slightly darker than grade A, and grade C will be the darkest shade of brown amongst the three.
- Teak has a natural oil content which makes it resistant to water, bacteria, and pests. That oil has a distinct smell, almost like leather. Higher quality wood will have more oil, so you'll quickly pick up on the scent, especially right out of the box.
- Natural teak is tough and very heavy. You’ll know it’s a high quality wood if it has a hard surface that doesn’t break or crack. Think you’ve spotted a teak outdoor dining table at a garage sale? Try to pick it up. Real Grade A teak will be extremely heavy and you’ll need someone’s help getting it home.
What to Look For When Buying Teak Outdoor Furniture
Teak is naturally durable, but the overall longevity of your furniture will depend on other materials used in its design, like fabric, hardware, or whether or not you invest in a protective cover.
- Weather-resistant materials
Teak is a top choice for outdoor furniture because it has natural oils that repel insects, pests, and bacteria growth and is water and weather-resistant. Choosing outdoor furniture made of an all-weather material like teak means you won’t have to replace it year after year. Other outdoor furniture materials like that weather resistant are aluminum and wicker.
- Fading and color changes
One of the questions we get asked most often at Neighbor is whether our teak will patina or if it needs to be treated with teak oil or sealer. Over time, the weather and outdoor elements will change the color of your teak furniture to a silvery grey. This is natural, and doesn’t the integrity of the wood.
- Fabric and cushion quality
No outdoor seating is complete without comfortable cushions to sit on. When considering teak outdoor furniture, one of the most important factors is how comfy, beautiful, and durable the fabric and cushions will be that sit atop the wood.