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Here we have to tried to answer some of the general questions about our products that we have been asked over the years. Hopefully we have managed to cover your questions but if we haven't - then simply just give us a call on 0800 246 5831 and we will be happy to help.
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Teak (Tectona Grandis) is genus of tropical hardwood native to South & Southeast Asia. The trees can grow up to 40 meters in height and are deciduous. As one of this world's finest woods, Teak has been used for centuries to build ships, outdoor structures and garden furniture.
This is a very good and important question and something you need to be aware in making your choice.
Most of the world's teak is sourced from renewable plantations in Indonesia. These teak plantations were first planted by the Dutch in the 1600's who held the colonial power at the time. In recent times these plantations have since been taken over and tightly owned and managed by the Indonesian Government, who are responsible for managing a strict policy regarding the size and quantity of trees felled each year together with annual replanting.
So hopefully you can see that the source of teak is very important in our world today, as there are people, companies and countries that are exploiting non renewable forests. So please choose carefully.
The simple answer is no, not all teak wood is the same. The outer (white) teak is softer and should not be used. The inner mature teak is what the best furniture is made from. Teak should be kiln dried which dries the wood to the core and therefore is less likely to crack - unlike air dried teak which will retain up to 25% moisture.
The highest quality of teak garden furniture is machined made and machined finished. Machine made and finished furniture is more uniform in finish and therefore because of the extra finishing is more expensive. Normally this highest quality teak (otherwise known as 'A' Grade) would as a guide cost 3 or 4 times the price of good quality teak furniture that most people sell.
All wood in growing trees contains considerable quantities of water, commonly called sap. Most of this water should be removed in order to obtain satisfactory service from the wood in use. All wood gains loose moisture in an attempt to reach a state of balance with the condition under which it is stored or used.
To this end all the teak timber used in our furniture is kiln dried before construction so as to minimise the swelling and contracting of the furniture.
Our teak furniture is made from teak which is one of the world's most valuable timbers providing durability and stability under extreme climatic conditions. Teak is a dense grained wood which makes it exceptionally strong, durable and resistant to rotting and warping with or without treatment.
Teak is also packed with its own natural oils which produce a smooth weather resistant wood perfect for quality garden furniture, which when combined with good workmanship, has a life expectancy of up to75 years - even when left untreated.
Some of our furniture does come with bolts, but these go through mortise and tendon joints which are stronger than just dowelled joints.
The thickness of the teak is generally much greater than other hardwoods making our products even more robust. Our teak furniture is built for endurance, made out of the most durable timber.
Some pieces like coffee tables, folding tables and folding chairs, some benches, steamer chairs are supplied fully assembled whilst the rest of our range of teak furniture will need minor assembling, in which case instructions are supplied either inside or outside of each carton.
Natural teak if left outdoors will gradually weather to a lovely silver grey colour. This typically can take between 6 to 9 months depending on the amount of sun and rain it has been subjected to.
During the normal weathering process small cracks (known as checking) or splits may appear, this is a characteristic of all hardwood timbers and is perfectly normal and will not affect the strength or durability of the furniture. Checking is due to changes in the seasons and the wood releasing or drawing moisture from the atmosphere and is not to be considered as a defect.
Teak is an investment and if looked after it should provide you with many years of use.
The simple answer is no - your teak does not really need much caring or maintenance for you to enjoy it. Teak by its nature is meant to be left outdoors all year round. If you decide to leave out all year round then the teak itself will weather over time to a nice lovely silver grey colour.
If you prefer your furniture to keep its original colour then you need to oil or preserve your furniture before putting furniture outdoors. This is very much a personal choice but treating your teak furniture with teak oil or other preservatives is not necessary and will not extend the life of your furniture - it is purely cosmetic. If you would like to treat you teak furniture - you must do this BEFORE putting furniture outdoors, so therefore make sure that you completely oil your furniture indoors (or somewhere no outside air can get to it) and allow to dry for a couple of days before placing outside.
Once weathering has started and your furniture has started to change colour, the longer you leave it to weather, the harder it is to return to its original colour. Should you prefer to return its original colour, remove previous oil or dirt by vigorous scrubbing or using a pressure hose. The pressure hose should be held at a distance of 6 to 8 feet away, set at about 1000psi (approximately 70 bar) and then rubbing with fine sandpaper in the direction of the grain.
Once you have completed the above process make sure that the furniture is then returned to indoors (away from outside air) and allow the furniture to completely dry out before applying any Teak oil or preserve. Teak oil should not be applied over accumulated dirt as this will result in darkening of your teak furniture.
This depends on whether you have oiled or preserved your teak before putting outdoors.
Yes - if you have treated your furniture. At the end of the summer you should bring indoors and follow or guidance under care and maintenance.
No - if you have decided to let your teak furniture to weather. Teak furniture can be left outdoors all year round. If you choose to cover your furniture outdoors during the winter then you should use a material that allows the wood to breathe. We recommend you don't use plastic.