Teak outdoor furniture has long been one of the most sought after looks. It is durable, weathers beautifully and is considered one of the most ideal woods for the outdoors. Much of the outdoor furniture available on the market comes from Indonesia, but there are different grades and pricing.
Manufacturing in Indonesia varies broadly. There are companies who buy from individual carpenters, who build inexpensively. The products are labeled and sold as though they are from a high end company. In most cases, the teak has been treated chemically to achieve the teak coloration. It is unknown how these chemicals effect the environment or the consumers who use them.
Other manufacturing in Indonesia is more organized. The teak furniture is built using modern machinery and more conventional types of joinery. These companies generally use a higher caliber of wood, glue, fittings and a warranty or guarantee. The end result is much more professional than the conglomerate company.
Once the outdoor furniture is on the market, it is the consumer who has done his research that makes the better purchase. After all, teak is an investment and regardless of the maker, expense is to be expected. Be prepared with questions and expect answers.
It's important to start by asking if the teak is actually Grade A. The answer will tell the consumer much. Indonesian teak is a lovely yellow gold color and is rarely Grade A. If the wood appears reddish in color, it is Amazon teak and is common to the big box stores. It may be referred to as teak but it will not achieve the same silvery color with time and weathering. Indonesian teak will weather nicely, but it is only American teak which is considered Grade A.
It is also wise to check the fittings. It is fairly easy to tell whether they are made of solid brass, stainless steel or a lower caliber brass that has been galvanized. The finish should appear natural with no evidence of stain or oil. Either of these constituents 'treatment' and should be avoided if a weather effect is wanted.
One of the true beauties of teak is its natural oil. It is these natural properties that make it so drinking and water repellent. The very reason that shipbuilders have used teak is the same reason that it is so desirable for outdoor furniture. It will withstand the elements and age with great grace.
Good teak furniture will come with a guarantee. A minimum of four to five years is the optimal warranty time. Most inferior wood and construction will not last that long and the consumer will have the option of making a claim. It is always important to make sure that the warranty information is clearly marked on the receipt.
Indonesian teak can be beautiful and sleeping as outdoor furniture. While its grade may not be as high quality as American teak, the price lines are attractive and the quality can be good. The consumer who will do a little research and ask the right questions can find Indonesian teak that will last for many, many years.