Teak is known for being expensive (except at Hank’s!) because of its elegance and durability. The teak tree is native to the tropics, and is found in the Southeast Asia nations like Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, and Indonesia. There is an abundance of natural oils and rubber in the grain of the wood. All wood contains oil that protects the tree, however teak can retain these oils and rubber even after being harvested and processed. Because of this, teak has greater naturally weather resistant properties than just about any other type of wood. When dried to a proper moisture level (around 10% of its original content) the oils and rubber weatherproof the wood.

The oils also protect the wood from dry rot, which is a common problem in older wooden furniture; they also protect the heart of the wood from invaders like fungi and parasites that can destroy other woods. All of this protection is natural – no sealers or finishes!

All of this makes teak perfect for outdoor furniture. As it weathers over time, the wood goes from a honey brown color to a silvery gray. Because teak is so durable, owners can expect their purchase to last a lifetime in a wide range of climates. So come to selected hanks locations and see what we mean by our prices being so much lower than catalogs. Its affordable, will last forever and the best part, no maintenance is necessary.