Why is Teak furniture more expensive
than other hardwood furniture on the
There are a number of cheaper
hardwoods used for outdoor furniture
and all of them are inferior to
teak. Jarrah, Cedar, Shorea & Nyatoh
are the most common of these woods
and it does not have the same life
expectancy as teak, let alone the
same touch, feel or aesthetic
quality. Teak furniture is not
expensive when you relate the cost
to its life expectancy, you must
remember this when comparing prices.
You are not comparing like with like
when you compare teak with any other
wood. It is a strange anomaly that
despite the fact it is built to
endure decades outside in harsh
weather our furniture is less
expensive than some quality indoor
chairs and tables.
Are less expensive items in the
range as good quality as the more
Generally price is dictated by the
shape and weight of a piece of
furniture. The more shape a piece
has, the more wood is required to
make it along with taking more time
to create. Also the heavier the
sections of wood used means more
weight and thus more cost. No
matter which piece of furniture you
choose, you can be assured that the
same quality teak and standard of
workmanship is used along with the
same methods of manufacture and
How do I look after my teak
Teak is a natural product, it can be
left out in the open all year round
through rain, hail or shine. Its
color will gradually mellow to a
graceful silver grey. The character
of your furniture will alter, but
its strength will remain. An
occasional scrub down with hot soapy
water will compliment this process
and discourage any moss growth.
How long will it last?
Teak furniture should last a
lifetime if properly built in the
first place. We use only the top
grade kiln-dried timber, epoxy
resins for lasting strength, and any
metal parts are either stainless
steel or solid brass, which will not
rust or corrode when left outside.
The top furniture grade teak, used
for all our furniture, with its high
natural oil content, resists both
warping and rot, ensuring that
Indian Ocean teak furniture will
last more than a lifetime.
Cracks appear periodically in my
furniture and then go away?
This is perfectly normal as the wood
breathes and reacts to variations in
the moisture content of the air. The
cracking tends to appear on the end
grain sections and usually happens
early in the life of the furniture.
Cracks come and go depending on
seasonal variations but rarely do
they affect the strength,
performance or life expectancy of
Should I keep the furniture indoors
during the winter months?
There is no problem wintering
furniture outside, it may need a
washing down in spring before use.
Should you prefer to bring your
furniture indoors, our range of
folding tables and chairs are
perfect and can be easily tucked
away when not in use.
Spills, Stains, Chips and Scratches!
Most drinks stains will weather out
naturally or can be cleaned down
with soapy water and a hard brush.
Other damage or stains can be
removed quite simply using ordinary
sandpaper. The grade of sandpaper
depends on the degree of damage.
Serious damage, start with course
and move up to fine. Light damage,
fine grade is all you will need.
Stains usually disappear with a