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Wooden garden furniture brings your patio to life

Your deck or patio can really come alive with some wooden garden furniture. A little bit of nature is brought as close as your doorstep with this bridge between the great outdoors and your house.

PVC, wrought iron and aluminum furniture cannot even compare to wood furniture. And even though it may appear to be maintenance intense it really isn’t. Wood is obviously very good at weathering the different elements as well as continuing to look great for many years.

Teak is probably the best and most desirable of the wood that is normally used for garden furniture.  Even though it is more expensive teak ages well over time as it goes from a honey color to a silver grey as the years age it. With the correct maintenance it will be with you for over 50 years. This makes the wood very cost effective since you are amortising the cost over such a long lifespan.

Teak naturally is insect resistant and the natural oils in teak make it stand up against rot and decay. A good thing is that a great deal of the teak grown today is in sustainable forests so you will not have to worry about depleting the world’s natural resources or stripping the old forests.

If you want to maintain the furniture in top shape it should be cleaned at least once a year by removing all mildew, pollen, sap and dirt. Once cleaned a good thing to put on the teak is Danish oil to help it retain its natural honey shade. The other alternative is to not apply the oil and let is turn silver over a period of years.

If your furniture is made of oak, pine, cedar or redwood it may mean a bit more work to maintain. These woods are more problematic when it comes to insects and water damage. You may also choose cedar red or white as your wood for garden furniture as both are great and will last many years. Cedar will also eventually change to a silver grey over the years.


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