Teak wood is very popular and sometimes very hard to find. Because of this there any many imitation pieces of teak furniture on the market. How do you know you are getting a quality and real piece of teak wood?
There are a few tell tale signs that what you are buying is indeed teak wood. The first thing you should do when looking for teak furniture is ask where the wood came from. If the furniture was made in the USA or other places that’s ok as long as the wood came from south east asia or india as this is where teak wood is available.
The moisture contained in the wood is also very important. Teak wood has a moisture rating of 8-12% whereas other woods have a much higher rating. Ask your salesman what the moisture rating is and make sure it fits the ratio.
The biggest imitator of quality teak wood is a wood named Sap Wood. Sap Wood has a similar look, but does not contain the same properties of teak wood which are what you really want.
If you don’t have a salesman to help you there are a few things to look for with your own eyes. Look at the color of the wood. If the wood is gold or looks stained then it probably was stained to hide the poor quality of wood. Teak wood naturally has a Grey silver color to it.
Many furniture makers will stain the wood to cover up its low quality. If the furniture looks stained it is most likely not quality teak wood.
This small guide will help you in your quest of finding quality teak wood furniture. Good Luck!