There are several factors that should be considered when purchasing teak furniture to help guarantee it will last a lifetime:-
- First, verify that the furniture is constructed of 100% Class 1 teak wood, not from inferior woods such as Shorea, Eucalpytus, Nyatoah etc. that do not provide the longevity and dependability of authentic teak.
- Second, it is recommended that furniture be purchased from manufacturer's who use only plantation grown teak, which is reforested and government regulated.
- Third, the presence of knots, often covered by heavy oiling, is indicative of inferior, young teak wood and will not be as durable as fully matured teak.
- Fourth, make sure the construction is completed utilizing proper materials; solid brass or stainless steel fittings, solid pieces of wood (without finger jointing) and heavy weight teak for thick composition.Some retailers offer a lighter construction of teak furniture at a reduced cost, but this type of construction does not offer the longevity and reliability of heavier constructions.
- Finally, but perhaps most crucial, prior to construction, teak wood must be kiln dried, not air or sun dried, precisely to an optimal moisture content of 8 - 10%. This allows the furniture to dry to the core and eliminates or reduces cracking, splitting, and warping for decades.
It is imperative to not fall victim to “teak-like” offers and scams or succumb to lower priced, but lower quality furniture without first following these few key considerations; which will assure that your investment brings you beauty and functionality for generations to come.