Kamis, 18 Juni 2009

The Look Of Nature With Teak

When you are decided and had made a firm decision on reinventing your outdoor look, you are actually embarking on a very time consuming journey. Unless you are financially and mentally prepared, renovating and bringing a new light to your otherwise boring and unattended patio can be quite a fun, interesting and yet a challenging mission for you and the whole family.

Sometimes, we can get carried away with ourselves when we plan for the perfect patio. This should not be the case because if the patio cannot hold everything that we have bought, we might end up wasting money on stuffs that we may never get to use. A creative mind is good but a patio must be reasonable. You can avoid frustration if you keep it real.

Add life to the patio by planting plants and flowers. They are soothing to look at. Before you start with your gardening project, you need to talk to experienced gardeners in your area. They can give you advice on the types of plants that will actually grow in your backyard. The surrounding area is important for a shrub to make sure it grows healthy.

As you had spent countless hours and had invested a substantial amount of money to create the ideal, homely look on your backyard, it is time to enjoy the hard labor of your work. The only thing missing and separating you from enjoying the beautiful panoramic green and lushes trees and those colorful and faintly sweet-fragrance flowers, swiftly swaying at you on a lovely spring evening are the outdoor patio furniture.

The natural look requires furniture that can blend in with the nature that surrounds the garden. This is why people tend to choose wood over aluminum and plastic. They want to get the best look for their patio. The combination is simply calming.

The common perception of wood furniture is that they are not durable due to the effects of outdoor weather such as rain and sun. However, with the help of today’s advancement in technology, treated wood or teak furniture are very durable and can withstand severe condition. In fact, with a little bit of tender, loving care plus proper maintenance teak patio furniture can almost last you a lifetime. Teak is known to be a very weather resistant type of wood. Not only can it withstand all types of weather conditions, it can also triumph in intensely rainy environments, snow or sleets and extremely sunny and hot conditions.

The patio is a place where you can relax anytime you want. Don’t let the weather take this pleasure away from you. If you have a patio heater installed, then you no longer have to worry. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery whatever the weather may be and do this all year round.
An amazing patio will surely wow your guests. It shows your class and great taste in design. A patio will not only be enjoyed by you and your friends, it can be a place where you would want to entertain your guests. Your spending is more or less an investment.

History Of Teak Wood

Teak, also known as Tectona Grandis, is a tall, straight deciduous tree that grows with buttressing stems and a large crown. Teak is native to South East Asia and its natural distribution goes from the Indian subcontinent through Myanmar and Thailand to Laos. We do not know if the teak stands in Indonesia are native or the result of early cultivation by the Hindu settlers, quite possibly as early as the 7th century.

Since the Middle Ages it has been used in ship building. Its durability and natural oils made it a perfect choice for the construction of ocean going vessels. Teak oil also creates a resistance to splitting and cracking and wards off termites and other insects.

It is also easy to work with, and it is resistant to decay. The main advantage of teak for the building of ships is its unique ability to prevent rust and corrosion when in contact with metal. These qualities make it a valuable resource. Even today, teak wood is used in the construction of ships and expensive yachts and boats.

When the ships were no longer sea worthy the ships decking was in such good condition that the teak wood was recycled and made into outdoor furniture. It is possible that the first outdoor teak benches were made of old ship decks. Teak wood is so durable and strong that there are century old teak park benches in England still in use today.

The harvesting of teak wood is not an easy process. The logs are so heavy they will not float. Therefore, transporting the wood is not a particularly easy thing to do. In fact, elephants pull the logs through the jungle regions, just as they did a century ago. The elephants must pull the logs a long way through the jungles to the waterways. The trained elephants stack the logs in piles.
Teak wood was admired for its beauty back in the 1800s in India. It was able to capture the romantic nature of the Victorian era making it a perfect complement to an English garden. The durable and versatile nature of teak wood make it well sought after throughout the world.

Teak is grown today throughout Central America, parts of South America and Asia. Teak wood today is used for indoor wood flooring and other general construction. Teak is popular for durable and beautiful outdoor patio furniture. Its high oil content makes it ideal for outdoor furniture. Teak wood patio furniture is favored among high-end ski resorts. For construction projects requiring durability and elegance, teak wood is the wood of choice.