Teak technically known as tectona grandis is the best wood for outdoors. It is the high rubber content present in this wood which makes it resistant to heat, rain, termites and to extreme cold conditions without the need of any treatment. In addition, teakwood is considered to be one of the beautiful woods for outdoors because of its prominent wood grains. It adds character and elegance to any outdoor setting which makes it most preferred wood for outdoors. Over time weathering causes this light brown wood to develop a mellow grey tone. Many owners of teak outdoor furniture love this new look of their furniture as they feel that it increases the beauty of teak. However some owners of this outdoor furniture want to retain the light brown color of their furniture by applying seasonal coats of teak oil.
It is because of the natural resistance to the outdoors, teakwood is used in outdoor furniture manufacturing since nineteenth century. Many teak park benches in lot of European cities are on average 100 years old. However the use of teak wood is dated back to middle ages, when this prized material was used in ship building because of its unique qualities of not rotting when joined with metal. It is because of this unique ability of not rotting or corroding when brought in contact with metals, many furniture manufactures have chosen to use teak with other metals like stainless steel to provide an alternative modern and contemporary look. We see plenty of furniture pieces in the market, which are mix of teak and stainless steel or teak and aluminum or teak and wrought iron. Contemporary Collection from Shaan Niaga Indonusa is one of the best examples of teak mixed with stainless steel.
Teak park benches dated back to 19th century is the proof that the teak wood can last in outdoors for centuries to come, provided the teak wood is dried properly and the construction is right. All manufacturers have to follow the primary but most important steps before manufacturing any product like drying the wood in proper kilns and to look into the construction details carefully. These steps will make sure that the wood will not warp or crack in future. This will enable us to enjoy the teak products for decades to come just like teak park benches of 19th century.