Teak garden furniture is at the very top when it comes to outdoor furniture. It is made from a tropical hardwood species which is famous for being literally outdoor-proof and extremely lasting. Teak has also a highly alluring golden brown colour that ultimately changes into silvery grey which, however, is often considered already more beautiful because it gives the furniture a rare look. But the thing that makes it so valued is the fact that it is naturally resistant to just about all outdoor elements including termites and the effects of the weather.
Unfortunately, teak is comparatively scarce because it grows only in south and south-east Asia. As a consequence, the plantations in the Far East have to produce enough wood to meet both domestic needs and a continuously growing need for teak in the West. And this can average only one thing – comparatively high cost of the end product. Investment in teak garden furniture pays off in the long term because it can virtually last a lifetime, requiring no care and maintenance whatsoever except for routine cleaning because unfortunately, it is not dirt-proof. however, it is possible to find teak garden furniture at very different prices which makes many people surprise whether the inexpensive pieces are a scam and if the expensive ones are really worth the price. So why do the prices vary so much? The truth is not all black and white.
It may be true that the price does not necessarily show the quality, however, finding high quality teak garden furniture at extremely low prices is nearly impossible. Inexpensive versions are typically made from inferior quality timber which can be easily recognized by the quality grade. clearly, grade A refers to the highest quality wood which is just as great as promised because it is taken from mature heartwood (the very centre of the log) which is exceptionally strong and high in teak natural oils that make it so lasting and resistant to the outdoor elements. Grades B and C, however, come from the outer sections of the tree and contain little or no natural oils at all. Furniture made from grade B and C timber is consequently unable to resist the outdoor extremes if it is not treated with protective coatings and already then, it has to be replaced after a few seasons.
Quality grades, however, do not necessarily show the quality of teak furniture. With the rising awareness of the huge difference in quality between different grades of teak wood, some producers have started selling inferior quality furniture labelled as grade A, while the price is not necessarily suspiciously low. But since the difference between grade A and inferior quality timber can be seen at a first to peek briefly, low grade timber is often chemically treated to make it look like grade A. Fortunately, treated wood looks considerably darker than the “real thing” and most people easily discriminate high quality and imitation of quality.