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The Strong and Durable Teak Outdoor Furniture
What is teak furniture? They are furniture that is made from teak wood. What
is teak wood? Teak wood is a tropical hardwood tree species called Tectona
grandis. This comes from the family of Lamiaceae. Tectona grandis is a huge
tree that is forever shedding its leaves and stands out in mixed hardwood
forests. This tree has small, sweet-smelling flowers with papery leaves that
are usually hairy on the lower surface and is sometimes known as Burmese
Teak.
The teak wood smells like leather when it is freshly milled. Its timber is
valued for durability and water resistance and is used for building boats,
furniture, outside construction, veneer, carving and other small wood
projects. It is found in the south and Southeast Asia particularly in Burma
now known as Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Thailand but is
cultivated in many countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Burma or Myanmar
has about one third of the worlds total teak production.
The teak is a huge, deciduous tree that grows as tall as 40 meters or 131
feet. It has gray to grayish brown leaves. It has sweet smelling flowers are
carried on 25-40 cm long by 30 cm wide panicles during the months of June to August.
Tectona grandis- teak- is one of the three species of genus tectona. The other two species T. hamiltoniana and T.
philippinensis are regularly found in small native distributions in Myanmar and the Philippines respectively. Tectona
grandis is originally grown in India, Myanmar, Indonesia, northern Thailand and northwestern Laos. It is found in a
number of habitats and climatic conditions from dry areas with only about 500 mm of rain per year to wet forests with
up to 5,000 mm rain per year. The teak grows in areas where the average rainfall is 1,250-1,650 mm with a dry
season of three to five months.
The natural oils found in teak are useful in locations that are exposed which make their timber termite and pest
resistant. It is durable even when it is not treated with varnish or oils. It is commercially grown in plantations found in
Indonesia and is commercially harvested and controlled by the state owned forest enterprise called PerumPerhutani.
Most of the worlds teak is exported by Indonesia and Myanmar. There is also a fast growing plantation in Costa Rica
and South America.
Teak is a yellowish brown wood with texture and good grain. It is useful material for the making of both indoor and
outdoor furniture. With its high oil content, high tensile strength and tight grain, teak is really suitable material for
outdoor furniture. As time passes, teak matures into a silvery-grey finish when it is exposed to sunlight. It is used for
the production of outdoor furniture, boat decks, and other items where weather resistance is needed. It is also used in
making cutting boards, indoor flooring, counter tops and veneer for furnishings indoor. It resists termite attacks.
Teak wood is considered by outdoor furniture makers and ship builders as
the most durable, versatile and valuable hard wood. It contains a sand-like
component that is known as silica which makes it resistant to fungal decay,
rotting, warping, shrinking and swelling.
Being more expensive compared to other types of wood, teak furniture has
become a status symbol. It is used to make benches, chairs or tables that
could last a good 70 years out in the elements. Teak outdoor furniture like
this is usually passed on to future generations as an heirloom.
Teak outdoor furniture like benches are ideal for use in commercial
establishments because of its strength, durability and natural resistance to
termites and decay. Teak furniture like chaise loungers are good to use
under the sun since it will not get hot like their metal counterparts. It is
heavy wood and these loungers will need two or more wheels to move them
from place to place.
Since teak wood can withstand outdoor climate all year round, it is one of
the choice wood for outdoor furniture. In places where individuals love to
dine outdoors, teak outdoor tables and dining sets are recommended. These furniture may be used in gardens,
backyards, patios, pool yards, deck areas and sun rooms. Teak wood is excellent material for outdoor furniture since
it will not break down when exposed to the sun like plastics. Its lighter and cooler than iron and will not easily bend or
break like tubular metals.
Teak is also used for outdoor furniture such as Adirondack chairs or Muskoka chairs. These chairs have high backs
with contoured seats and arm rests that are wide. The arm rests are so wide that there is enough room for food and
beverages while reclining even without a table. This makes them very popular for outdoor cafes and bistro because
this type of furniture offers customers a seat and a small place for food even without a table.
Teak may be used as table tops where teak slats are hand
selected and paired with a frame of conical pipes in powder
coated aluminum. Here is a table that looks light but is strong and
sturdy. Teak slats are of the highest FSC certified teak. This is
one of the teak outdoor furniture offered by this special designer
furniture store in Melbourne, Australia.
There are three grades of teak wood. Grade A is the mature
inner part of the tree trunk with the hardest wood. It is tightly
grained and is rich in natural oils. It is the most expensive. Grade
B teak is the outer heartwood that is lighter in color with streaks
of black and some small knots. This wood is more affordable
when used to make designer outdoor furniture. Grade C is referred to as sapwood.It is very soft and is easily
damaged; is very cheap and lacks quality.It does not have protective oils.
When purchasing designer outdoor furniture in Melbourne, one must not only look at the grade of the wood but must
also consider its moisture content. The wood must undergo a drying process. The lesser the amount of moisture in
the wood, the better the quality.
Buy your durable teak outdoor furniture from our designer furniture store in Melbourne.
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