No matter where you live there are most likely some sort of extreme weather conditions that you have to deal with. In the south it’s often torrential rains and hurricanes. In the Midwest it could be high winds and tornadoes. Up north winter could be the toughest time of year with lots of snow and ice. No matter what area you live in, there are certain weather conditions you just have to be prepared for. But have you thought about preparing more than just yourself?
Look out in your backyard. That teak patio furniture set you have could probably also use a little bit of protecting.
When most people think of teak, they think of wood that can put up with darn near anything. This is usually the case. After all, this is why ships are made of teak. But, even when it comes to ships and the teak they are made of, there is always maintenance that has to be done to keep the wood resilient. This goes the same for your patio furniture. So, depending on where you live, there are some things you need to do to protect your patio furniture from weather threats. Let’s look at two of the extremes.
No matter where you live, chances are you get some sunshine. Well, the sun can be quite a damaging force on teak furniture. First, the sun can alter the color of your teak wood by fading it. Secondly, sun beating down on your teak furniture day after day can start to dry out the wood.
So how do you deal with the threats from the sun? Well, the best way is to give your teak furniture an extra layer of protection. When you think about going outside you generally put on sunscreen right? Well, now it’s time to think about how you can protect your teak wood. One way to do this is to put your teak patio furniture in a protected area such as under a gazebo, on the patio or with an umbrella over it. If you can’t do that, then perhaps you should step up the amount of times you apply teak oil to the wood. While the wood has plenty of oil of its own, this can help it hold up a little better.
Cold weather also has a drying effect on teak wood. Add to this the fact that any precipitation that leaked into the wood can freeze and cause the wood to crack more and you’ve doubled the problem.
The best way to stop the cold from damaging your teak furniture is to keep your furniture out of the cold. What this means is if you can, bring it in for the winter. This isn’t an option for everyone. So, the next possibility is that you can cover the furniture with commercially made covers that will protect it from the elements. Also, you may want to give it an extra coating of teak oil to protect it from the elements.