Weathering the Storm: Why Teak is the Water Warrior of Woods

Weathering the Storm: Why Teak is the Water Warrior of Woods

April 16, 2024

Teak wood is known for its exceptional durability, so it’s no wonder it’s become such a popular choice for outdoor furniture. But is it waterproof? This question comes up a lot, especially for people on the market for new furniture who happen to live in climates that see a lot of rain, snow or intense humidity. The answer is a little more nuanced than a simple yes or no answer. Let’s dive into whether teak wood and teak outdoor furniture is truly waterproof or not.

The Power of Natural Oils

Teak's water-resistant secret lies in its high oil content. These natural oils act as a barrier that repels water and prevents it from soaking deep into the wood, which is what helps teak withstand harsh weather conditions like rain, snow, and even saltwater.

But (and this is very important) this only applies to Grade A teak wood. Teak comes in Grade A, Grade B, and Grade C varieties, and are graded based on what part of the tree the teak wood was taken from. And Grade A teak is the only teak wood taken from the heart of the tree where most of the natural oils are that make it so water-resistant.

Not Impervious, But Impressive

No wood is 100% waterproof. Prolonged exposure to water can eventually cause teak patio furniture to absorb moisture. But this level of exposure is more intense than a rainfall or heavy storm. Premium teak can withstand heavy storms, snow falls and humidity much better than most woods can and can last an exceptionally long time if cared for properly.

Maintaining the Magic

While teak is naturally resilient, a little TLC goes a long way. Leaving your teak pieces to the elements will transform the naturally golden wood into a silvery patina, which some people prefer.

But regular cleaning and an occasional oiling will help maintain its natural oils and bolster its water resistance, as well as maintain its natural color. And sealing your teak with a suitable sealant offers an extra layer of protection in areas with constant water exposure.

In a nutshell, teak’s superior water resistance, coupled with proper care, makes it one of the most resilient and long-lasting choices available for outdoor rocking chairs, bar tables, coffee tables, and dining sets designed to weather storms, withstand humidity, and even brave the elements year-round.

Some key takeaways

  • Grade A teak is naturally water-resistant due to its oil content.
  • Regular cleaning, oiling, and sealing can significantly enhance and maintain the water resistance of your teak furniture.
  • Remember, teak's level of water resistance depends on the grade of the wood. Grade A teak is much more water-resistant than lower grade teak woods.

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