Outdoor Wood Furniture Check the Wood Species Before Purchasing

 


Article by: Malcolm Kay

Not too long ago, the vast majority of outdoor furniture , Flowers For U was all made of teak. Teak has proved to be an ideal lumber species for outdoor furniture, , Lawn Care Tips - Six Easy Steps to a Great Lawn due to its high durability, ease of working with machine tools, , The Indoor Garden: Plants that Clean the Air its low coefficient of radial and tangential expansion (which reduces potential problems in twisting, or swelling when wet), it's attractive colour , Caring for Your Garden Furniture and good working properties. , Garden Sheds But such widespread use of teak, including for marine decking, has come at a considerable environmental , For The Most Luxurious Dining Outdoors: Ready Or Not, Outdoor Kitchens Are Here! cost. The once great forests of South East Asia have been decimated to the extent that legally logged teak is now only available in very limited quantities, which is reflected in its high price. But unfortunately, illegal logging is still rampant and in many areas of South East Asia, ensuring its continuing supply to the furniture , Flowers and Butterflies, the Perfect Combination! trade.

Plantations of teak have now been established in a number of countries including Costa Rica for example (presumably planted in most cases where the great forests once existed). But this plantation teak is harvested at a much younger age that has traditionally been the case, so caution should be taken in assuming that the properties , Getting Rid of Garden Pests with Less Chemicals of such younger lumber (including durability) will be the same as old growth teak.

Many responsible furniture , Safe Pest Control Tips manufacturers will now only used teak which has been certified by such independent bodies as the Forest Stewardship Council. If sustainability of forests and sound forestry practices are an important consideration in your choice of furniture, , How to Grow Chocolate Cosmos then look for the FSC logo or ask your retailer to provide documentation to show from where the lumber was sourced. Note however that even if the tag accompanying any wood furniture , The Indoor Garden: Plants that Clean the Air claims that the wood , The Beauty of Basil is sourced from sustainable forests, unfortunately there is no firm guarantee that this is true. You may be able to make some verification by checking the FSC website, which indicates which companies and even manufacturers , Grow Herbs in your Garden for Pleasure and Profit have been given official accreditation by the FSC.

In recent years there has been a proliferation of different lumber species used in outdoor furniture , Fertilizers - What you Need to Feed Your Lawn as more manufacturing plants , Fertilizers - What you Need to Feed Your Lawn are set up in places , Mosquitos... Beware! such as Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil, in particular. Unfortunately, a lot of furniture , Patio Bar Chairs for Comfortable Outdoor and Poolside Seating is now produced with price as the overriding consideration, with scant consideration being given to the durability or in service performance of the furniture. , Forever & Ever Double Pink Hydrangea And all too often these days the name of the actual wood , 7 Tips for Creating Fresh Hydrangea Bouquets species in not even displayed - except perhaps a bland statement like "manufactured from durable hardwood species". And of course a lot of lumber is transported to furniture , Flowers and Butterflies, the Perfect Combination! makers located far from the original source of the lumber, making it even harder to track the actual supply country or region.

Thus there is often no guarantee that the furniture, , Mosquitos... Beware! which may look magnificent in a covered showroom, will survive the rigours of outdoor , Garden Sheds use, year after year, fully exposed to the elements. Apart from the failure to state what timber , Catch a Leprechaun in Your Garden species has been used, sometimes a wood , Things You Should Consider When Buying Your First Garden Leaf Blower species is quoted which is virtually unknown outside , Tick Bites its country of origin and data on its durability or other properties , Seeding a Lawn is either nonexistent or extremely difficult to locate.

Although we have only referred above to the durability factor, this not the only property , A Guide to Vines and How to Vine Beauty with Your Garden you should be concerned with. Many species of lumber, although very durable, are also prone to twisting, warping and cracking under adverse climatic conditions, particularly where thin wood , Constructing a Garden Path section are concerned. Again teak has proved to be a very stable species in this regard but other species are not necessarily so stable.

Whilst the lower costs and attractive colour , Build a Rain Garden of some outdoor furniture , For The Most Luxurious Dining Outdoors: Ready Or Not, Outdoor Kitchens Are Here! can certainly be appealing, we strongly suggest you should always ask your retailer to provide the name of the lumber species used and from which country it was sourced. If this species is not familiar to you, no other data is provided, and your independent research fails to locate data on such species, you should think carefully before making your purchase.. Good quality outdoor furniture , Basic Lawn Care - Mowing, Scarifiers, Aeration, and Watering Tips should give many, many years of service and its higher initial cost will inevitably be repaid in terms of a longer service life and a much higher quality product. , Would You Like More Information About Climbing Roses?
Malcolm Kay is the CEO of Intex Pacific Pty. Ltd. an international supplier of landscape , Skip The Pesticide And Use Natural Alternatives materials including modular decking tiles. , Things You Should Consider When Buying Your First Garden Leaf Blower For more information , Lawn Care Tips - Six Easy Steps to a Great Lawn see http://www.swiftdeck.com or http://www.patiomakeover.com

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