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Wood furniture has the ability to bring a naturally beautiful look to any home. However, it is important to be knowledgeable about the different types of wood in order to pick the type that is most suitable for your specific needs. This is especially important for outdoor furniture, as outdoor wood will be more susceptible to changing weather conditions. Choosing the right type of wood is worth it because it will look beautiful, it will be much easier to maintain, and it will provide that gorgeous aesthetic for years to come. Below is an overview of the different types of wood to consider when making outdoor furniture.
Choose eucalyptus as a durable and earth-friendly material
Eucalyptus trees have a high oil content that is perfect for naturally repelling water and moisture. This makes eucalyptus extremely resistant to rot and decay. Eucalyptus is extremely solid, dense, and durable. Eucalyptus also has a beautiful soft look and texture. Eucalyptus is also very environmentally friendly; it is a renewable resource that is responsibly harvested, and it is in abundant supply. Eucalyptus has a beautiful rich red tone that can be treated with stain. Without stain, it will weather to a soft gray color. Because it is smooth but solid, eucalyptus is extremely easy to clean and maintain.
If you can afford it, use teak for maximum durability
Teak is a tropical wood and is one of the most durable options for outdoor furniture. Although teak is one of the most expensive types of wood, it makes a good investment because it will last a very long time. Teak is an especially great wood for those who experience harsh weather conditions throughout the year; even with these weather conditions, teak should last fifty years or more. As for aesthetics, teak has a reddish brown color that can be maintained by applying teak oil once or twice every year, although this step is not necessary for the wood’s longevity. If left untreated, the wood will merely fade to a silvery gray color.
For furniture that is both durable and lightweight, consider cedar
Cedar is often chosen for outdoor furniture because it is durable, lightweight, and has an interesting grain pattern. Although cedar is not quite as durable as teak, it will last for about twenty years without splitting, warping, or rotting. Cedar is also significantly less expensive than teak. Cedar has a beautiful golden brown color than can be maintained by using a clear wood finish. Cedar can still be left untreated and will weather to a silvery gray, as teak will.
White oak’s rot resistant-properties make it a great option for the outdoors
Oak has a unique cell structure that acts as a natural water, moisture, and even insect repellent. Though not as much of a sustainable option as eucalyptus is, oak still makes a great material for outdoor furniture due to its resistance to rot, extreme strength, and unique appearance. White oak has a light brown and straight-grained appearance. White oak can be cleaned and re-oiled every year, or it can be left to fade to a beautiful gray patina color.
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