Wooden garden furniture is a great choice whether you want to create a pleasant space for relaxation, reading, spending quality time with your family outdoors, hosting your friends or simply enhance your garden, terrace or balcony with a piece of beautiful furniture. The choice of wooden garden furniture wood types, designs, shapes, and colors is enormous and you will easily find one that will fit perfectly in your garden, terrace or balcony. On the other hand, there are several things you should pay attention to when choosing wooden garden furniture. In addition to deciding how much you are willing to spend for your new garden furnishing, what kind of style will look best in your garden or terrace as well as which type of wood will look and work best in your environment?
Every type of wood has a unique “personality” and characteristics. Some types of woods are highly valued for their resistance to harsh weather conditions and decay, some are preferred for easy maintenance, some for durability, and the others for resistance to shrinking and splintering. The aesthetics and design play a major role in the selection of the perfect wooden garden furniture but a carefully chosen type of wood of which the furniture is made from and regular maintenance will make you investment last two to three decades.
Some of the most popular types of woods include teak, iroko, oak, pine, cedar, bamboo and shore a. The majority of woods used for wooden garden furniture are hardwoods except for pine. Each type of wood has its advantages and disadvantages and you will not be able to avoid maintenance no matter which type of wood you choose. However, there is a major difference in the amount of time that is required for maintenance between different types of woods.
If you do not want to spend much time on maintenance of your wooden garden furniture, you should seriously consider purchasing teak garden furniture.
Teak is one of the most popular types of wood not only because it requires minimal maintenance but also because it is very durable, strong and termite-resistant. One of the main advantages of teak is also its resistance to harsh weather conditions including water and mold which makes it an ideal choice for virtually any region and climate. In addition, teak is very elegant and would look great inside your home as well.
Shorea is often compared with teak because it is resistant to termites, mold and harsh weather conditions. It is less expensive than teak and looks great on every garden and terrace as well but it is less durable and tends to fade earlier.
Iroko, sometimes called African teak, is also a very popular choice because it is resistant to harsh weather condition and has a long lifespan. Like teak, iroko does not need much maintenance and is almost as durable as teak but it does not offer as much stability.
Pine and oak look beautiful on gardens and terraces as well but both are easily damaged by the sun and rain which means that you will need spent more time for maintenance if deciding for garden furniture made of pine or oak. In addition, garden furniture made from woods such as pine and oak usually requires protection from both the sun and rain either by using covering or storage during bad weather which can be very inconvenient.
As you see there is a major difference between different types of woods that are used to make wooden garden furniture. Which one to choose depends on several factors including your climate and personal preferences. However, you cannot go wrong if you choose teak no matter where you live. It is more expensive than other types of woods but it is very durable and resistant to both termites and harsh weather conditions. With minimal maintenance, a piece of teak garden furniture will remain as good as new for a number of years which is great if you like elegance but do not want to spend too much time for maintenance. After all, quality wooden furniture should serve you and your needs and not the other way around. The choice is, of course, yours but it is worth to keep in mind that sometimes it is worth to spend more to save more.