About Teak

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Where is Teak Grown 

Teak wood is native to the south and southeast of Asia.  They are large trees, growing to 90 to 120 feet tall.  The name teak comes from the Malayalam word Thekku. There are three species:

  • Tectona Grandis (common teak) is by far the most widely distributed in India and Indo-China.
  • Dahat Teak is a local unique species to Burma. It is endangered.
  • Philippine Teak is indigenous to the Philippines and is also endangered.

All of the wood used in the production of The Teak Hut's furniture is harvested under supervision of the Indonesian government agency Perhum Perhutani.  There is a 300-year history of teak farming in Indonesia beginning with the Dutch colonists.      

Why Choose Teak Furniture

Teak is a hard wood perfect for making outdoor furniture because it has natural oils making it suitable for use in exposed locations – even when it's not treated with oil or varnish.   Its natural oil content is very high enabling the wood to resist cracking, rotting or splitting.  This also makes it very resistant to termites and other borer insects.  

Teak is a sustainable material – helping the environment!

Teak is a raw material growing naturally with no need for additional energy input.  Other furniture made from aluminum, stainless steel, etc. must be fabricated using more energy-intensive processes and chemicals.  

Since teak lasts more than 25 years, fewer trees will be used since the furniture will last much longer than other wood furniture.  Further, although teak furniture is biodegradable, it will be decades before it even needs to be thrown out and end up in a landfill.

The teak we use in our furniture construction is harvested using careful land management practices and responsible replanting techniques.  

Choosing the Color of Teak

Owners of teak furniture need to make the decision early on whether or not they are going to allow the wood to naturally turn its classically silver -grey patina or keep up with the younger original gold color by sealing the wood each season.  

In order to do this, they must first understand why it turns grey.

Why does it turn grey?

One of the reasons teak is so durable is that it has very high oil content.  Sunshine and rain will wash away the oils from the surface. leaving the wood a silver grey patina.  

How to keep teak wood the original color?

There are a few ways to keep the original gold color of teak.  

  • Washing and Sanding:  To restore the natural gold color, just rinse it with water and lightly sand the furniture.
  • Power Washing:  An easier and faster way to remove the patina is to carefully power wash the furniture.  Although this is an easier method, the power washing strips the teak of its natural oils making it less durable over time.
  • Preservatives:   Many products sold preserve the golden color of the teak.  This only lasts 3 – 6 months so you will need to reapply a few times a year to keep up the golden color.   We do not recommend this method for furniture to be used exclusively outdoors.
  • Covered Areas:  By keeping the teak out of the sunshine, it will maintain it's golden tone for years if not forever.