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What are teak wood

What are teak wood grades and why they are important

Teak grade is a common way of determining teak wood’s quality and therefore pricing. Teak furniture usually indicates the grade of the wood used to make it. The grades that teak wood may have are A, B or C where A has the highest quality and price while C is the lowest quality and pricing.

Teak wood graded A is wood is taken from the heart of the trunk where teak oil is more concentrated. Also A grade teak has more silica and rubber making it more resistant to water and insects.

Coming from the heart of the teak log also means that you wont find knots on the wood. This means that the wood’s texture is more uniform and resistant. Color is also deeper boasting a gorgeous golden brown difficult to find. A grade teak wood is about ten times more expensive than than C or B grade teak. Less than 20 percent of a teak tree is considered A grade teak.

Teak wood graded B is also great. Its quality is not as high as A grade teak but its still fine for furniture. B grade teak wood is taken from the outer part of the heart of the tree. It still has a good concentration of natural oil. The color is a bit lighter than the one you find in A grade teak wood. The touch is not as smooth and is less shiny than A grade.

C grade teak is taken from the outer part of the teak log. It is the lowest quality teak that you will find, also the cheaper. Many cheap Teak furniture is made from this type of wood. Knots and flaws are common. The grain is not so tight making this grade of teak a bit less resistant than B and A grade teak. C grade teak is still a great wood. It is waterproof and very resistant to insects but the overall wood quality is a bit lower.

Teak wood is always a great choice, however, whenever possible you should consider buying the highest grade you can afford to ensure you are getting the best in quality.

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Choosing hardwood teak floors

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If you are planning to give your floors a major facelift, and you are considering to replace them with hardwood floors, we strongly suggest you to considere engineered teak floors instead of the regular teak floorings offered in the market.

While engineered teak floors are a bit more expensive when you buy, they are way more cheaper on the long term, as they reduce installation costs as the process is long way faster, and engineered teak floors also require less maintenance than ordinary hardwood teak floors.

The main difference between standard teak floors and the engineered ones is that they come finished from the factory, making the whole installation proces fast, and require less labor. Being finished at the factory also means that all required treatments have been applied in a professional way. The overall look and feel of both engineered and standard teak floors is just the same.

When you take into consideration that all the blocks of standard teak hardwood floors need to be treated, sanded and finished you will understand that the whole process can easily take several days depending on the area you want to cover. Sometimes you need to apply some products to achieve the right look that you are looking for, and from time to time, you will also need the help of highly trained professionals. Engineered teak floors simplify the installation process to the point that almost anyone with little experience can install the floor.

People is usually confused and think that engineered teak floors are of inferior quality because they usually think of laminated floors. Laminated teak floors aren’t made of hardwood, but a composition of melamine infused paper and some teak wood chips, if you think again, laminated is very different to hardwood.

Hardwood teak flooring is made of real teak wood, and repeating what we said earlier, engineered and standard are just the same but only one has been previously sanded and finished for your convenience.

Something that I almost forgot to tell you is that standard teak floors also require aditional supplies, for example aditives that will help the floors to maintain it’s original look and resist daily wear and tear. However if you are on the group that enjoys the “Do It Yourself” standard teak floors are the way to go.

Take your time to consult prices and then do the math. Standard teak floors are cheaper, but will require a lotof work to get prepared, and obviously a more specialized installation wich will elevate your initial costs. On the other hand, engineered teak floors are a bit more expensive when you buy the pieces, but they require less effort and knowledge to be installed, this means less time, and less money spend on the installation.

We hope that this post helps you understand the difference between this two types of floors so that you can make an informed decision when buying hardwood floors.

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Clean and Maintain Your Outdoor Furniture

Regular cleaning and maintenance keep outdoor furniture looking its best. As outdoor furniture and outdoor accessories are available in a variety of materials, each may require a different method for its care.

General Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and try to keep the instructions where you can easily access them for reference.
  • Most outdoor furniture can be cleaned with mild soap and water.
  • An application of car wax can be used to protect frames.

Wicker Furniture

Most wicker furniture can be cleaned using a hose or pressure washer. Remove the cushions before you spray off dirt and spills.

  • For very dirty wicker, use a sponge, mild soap and cold water to wash. Let it dry completely before applying a paste wax to the frame to help keep it shiny and water-resistant.
  • It is easier to care for weather resistant wicker, so look around before you buy. Store cushions indoors and use a cover for the frames when it is not being used.

Wood Furniture

Wood furniture usually requires exterior grade varnish to protect it from the elements.

  • Outdoor wood furniture that has been coated with an exterior-grade varnish can be cleaned using soapy water. Follow it by completely rinsing it out with clean water.
  • Except for teak and cedar all other wood furniture should be stored indoors during winter.

Resin or Plastic Furniture

Plastic furniture is the easiest to maintain.

  • Spray off dirt with clean water and allow to air dry.
  • Scuff marks can be removed with a gentle abrasive.
  • Remove mildew with a mixture of one cup bleach, two cups detergent and one gallon of water.

Aluminum, Wrought Iron and Steel Furniture

Metal furniture is easy to maintain, but care should be taken that it does not begin to rust.

  • Clean with water and mild soap.
  • Many modern metal frames are rust-resistant or rust-free. If your metal furniture is not, paste wax or naval jelly can be used to protect from corroding or rusting.
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