To oil or not?
This is one of the most common questions asked; and the answer is dependant on the look you want. Oiling the teak will keep it looking new however it will darken its natural colour and will need to be kept up. There is no discernible increase in the life of the wood if oiled; conversely there is a greater chance that moisture and dirt can be retained within the oil and therefore we don’t recommend it. Rather of more importance is keeping the bench clean, a good scrub once a year with soapy water is sufficient. If you wish to bring the wood back to its natural colour, washing with a wide jet water blaster set at 60 bar (900 psi) at a distance of 15-20cm from the surface will do the trick. Care must be taken not to use too much power as this can tear the top layer of the wood producing a furry look. A light sand with 100-120 grit sandpaper will also restore its new look.
What happens when it is just left outside?
Teak is one of the most durable of woods and is extremely resistant to mould and rot and should give you 15+ years of enjoyment. After the first eight weeks you should see the teak start to change from the new golden sand colour to a beautiful silvery grey. This process can take up to two years to complete and is somewhat dependant on the amount of rain and sun the bench is subjected to. This only happens to the top layer of the wood and in no way affects the longevity of the wood. The Benches have been joined using strong waterproof Polyurethane glues and Teak dowels to fix fully machined Mortise and Tenon joints which provide rigidity and strength. This ensures the structural integrity will match the durability of the teak.
Will the wood crack?
Your teak being a natural product will react to the temperature and humidity in the environment. It is expected that this can result in small cracks developing which will open and close at different times of the year. In woodworking terms this is known as the “shakes” and is completely natural. It in no way affects the structural integrity of the wood and is common although a lot more obvious in other outdoor woods such as Macrocarpa and Cyprus. This splitting of the grain is part of the timbers natural defence mechanism to the elements and can happen at anytime in the woods life from first delivery to many years later. Large “shakes” can be observed in wooden beams in old buildings or even telephone poles.
Are your products guaranteed?
Yes here is our full guarantee policy.