The Beauty of Teak Wood
By Charles Hopkins
Published 10/23/2007 | Home Improvement
Do you love to laze in the sun? Do you enjoy entertaining friends and
family on the deck and by the pool? Do you hate hot metal patio
furniture that rusts? Do you loathe resin tables and chairs that crack
and discolor in the sun? Take heart, there is a solution: teak wood
Yes, teak wood is the answer to all of your entertaining, sunning
by the pool, having drinks on the deck needs. Yes, it is expensive, but
well worth the price because teak is not a "just for this summer"
purchase. Teak is a lifetime investment.
Teak is a dense, oily, hardwood from Southeast Asia, renowned for
its resilience to weather. Boat decks have been made from teak since
the day of the clipper ship, as have English garden benches, some over
a century old. In addition to weather resistance, teak wood resins
repel termites and other wood boring insects. In addition, the wood
does not react to suntan lotions and body oils, and never splinters.
Teak wood patio furniture offers tables and chairs that are smooth
and cool to the touch, and lighter than their iron counterparts are.
Teak is also maintenance free, with no need for staining or treating.
In its natural state, teak is a beautiful honey-gold color that over
time forms a silvery-gray patina, further protecting the wood
underneath. Teak can be left in its patina-covered condition, or with
light sanding or the use of teak oils, can be revived turning it to its
Teak wood furniture is not just the traditional umbrella table and
chair set either. Pieces range from simple folding chairs and side
tables to deep-seated, padded cushioned sofas and love seats. Coffee
tables, side tables, outdoor bar furniture and planters are available
The most popular teak wood furniture pieces, though, are the ones
that recline. Chaises, loungers and recliners are at the top of the
popularity chart, available with cushions, side drink trays and
ottomans. Heavier than the other furniture, the loungers and chaises
usually come with two or more wheels to aid in easy transport.
Adirondack chairs are a hit, too. Their high backs, wide arm rests
and contoured seats make them especially popular not only with
homeowners, but with restaurateurs. These particular teak furniture
pieces offer not only a place to sit, but also a place to eat. Outdoor
cafes and bistros find them extremely efficient, offering dining
seating without requiring extra tables.
Not only is teak wood furniture durable, weather resistant and
incredibly sturdy, it is also easy to machine tool and hand carve. It
does not rust or corrode, warp or sag, and the manufacture of teak wood
furniture is more energy efficient than the methods to fabricate metal
furniture, or those to produce plastics. These are the traits that not
only make teak a beautiful visual choice, but also a sound financial
one. Buy it once and you are done, for yourself and for generations to