Outdoor furniture for the patio space

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Teak Outdoor Furniture?

Teak outdoor furniture is often of great quality and highly durable, making it a popular timber choice for alfresco or patio spaces. It’s wonderful for improving the aesthetics of your home and is well known for its ability to withstand the elements, be it rain, hail or shine. It’s also a popular choice because it is much more impervious to rotting or warping than other types of timbers. It’s a favourite timber for outside settings. So want to know some of the pros and cons of owning teak outdoor furniture? Read on below.

The pros of teak outdoor furniture

There are many great reasons to consider purchasing teak outdoor furniture, but here are some of the top reasons why homeowners, renters and designers love it for outside spaces.

It’s durable

As far as hardwoods go teak outdoor furniture is almost as strong as it gets. As a timber it is one of the most durable around. The timber performs very well even when exposed to different weather conditions, even sunshine and rain. The high natural oil content of the wood as well as its compact wood grain help to keep it in condition for a long time without warping or rotting.

It’s versatile

It is a very versatile timber that can be used for a number of different purposes and furniture items – you’ll see it used in everything for tables, chairs, benches, storage items, sun loungers. It can also be finished in many different ways depending on your own tastes or style preferences. You may for example prefer a natural finish or it looks stunning stained, waxed or varnished in many different ways. It also looks great when painted and can easily be sanded back to change its overall look.

It’s resistant to insects

One of the things that put many people off of purchasing timber furniture for the patio is that it can be vulnerable to critters such as termites or could be damaged from rotting. You’ll have no such issues with teak outdoor furniture however; because it is naturally high in oils it can easily and effectively repel insects as well as the moisture that can damage the structure of your furniture.

It’s easy to maintain

One of the great reasons to consider teak outdoor furniture is that it’s very easy to maintain, even when left exposed to the elements outside. Because of the timber’s natural wood grain which is straight and beautifully warm brown it looks stunning at any stage, even if you’ve had it a long time.  Left in the sun or rain you’ll find that the timber will start to weather beautifully and your furniture will only require the occasional brush for cobwebs and a clean to keep dirt away. It’s easy to bring out beautiful warm timber tones in the wood as well with quicksand and polish.

The cons of teak outdoor furniture

You should be aware that there are a few drawbacks to choosing this timber-type to put outside, although there aren’t many. Here are some things you should consider:

It can be expensive

Because it performs so well outside this timber can be pricier than other hardwoods, although you’ll find many furniture pieces are very affordable. Whilst you might be spending more upfront to purchase you will likely find that you save significant sums of money in the long run. Purchasing furniture made from cheaper materials could cost you a lot more money in replacing items or maintaining hardwoods.

It can be harder to find

Because it is so desirable and in high demand, it can be harder to find than many other cheaper materials. When looking to purchase it you should keep an eye out for imitation products.