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Teak Talk

Teak Furniture: Classic style that’s built to last

Outdoor furniture comes in all shapes, sizes – and budgets. Quality teak is at the higher end price-wise, but this is one case where you really do get what you pay for. 

Here’s a quick primer on the unique features and benefits of teak furniture.

Amalfi Teak Dining Set by Kingsley-Bate

Where does teak come from?

Teak comes from teak trees, indigenous to Southeast Asia.

What are teak’s special qualities?

It’s incredibly strong. It can last a lifetime. It is resistant to decay, due to special that occur naturally in the wood

Is teak sustainably harvested?

Not all of it. Because of high demand, teak trees are being cut down faster than they can be replenished. But Harlow and MacGregor – one of the two teak furniture companies Snow’s carries – plants a tree for every one cut down.

Table and Bench Set by Harlow-MacGregor

Can teak get wet?

Yes. Grade A teak furniture can stand up to the elements, even heavy rain or snow. It’s great if you live by the beach because even the salty air won’t damage it.

What is “Grade A “teak?

Grade A teak wood comes from the center of a mature (at least 20 years old) teak tree. There is also Grade B and C, and maybe even D…but those grades don’t have the natural oils or tight wood grain that produces the same quality of teak furniture.

Can you leave teak furniture out in the winter months?

Yes. In fact, you shouldn’t cover it because that could trap moisture and produce mold.

Charleston Rockers by Kingsley-Bate

Is teak supposed to “weather”?

Teak naturally turns a silvery gray over time, which is one of the things many people love about it. But you can also preserve the golden color of new teak by applying special products designed for this purpose.

What kind of maintenance does teak furniture require?

All you really need to do is wash your teak furniture with soap and warm water and rinse 1-2 times a year.

Teak furniture is a sizable investment - How long can I expect it to last?

It really can last a lifetime. Quality teak pieces will not only provide enjoyment for you and your family, but they can be passed down with pride to the next generation.

Teak Summer Cabana by Harlow MacGregor