What manufacturing and production issues should a customer look for in premium outdoor teak furniture?
- Mortise and tenon joinery. The main joints should be mortise and tenon. Avoid any products that use nails or brads. Premium furniture will not use these. A screw is better as a minimum standard, if a mortise and tenon can’t be used.
- Kiln drying. Atlanta Teak Furniture’s products are kiln dried to 8%-12% moisture. This is a process that takes almost three weeks as the wood must be dried slowly. Removing the moisture from the wood will limit the shrinking and expanding, which can cause cracks, splits, etc.
- Cracks, splits or separation of the joints are an indication of wood that was not properly dried. If there are any cracks or splits in the showroom, they will quickly get worse when exposed to the elements.
- Joints separation is an indication of moist wood, poor joint construction or both
- Premium outdoor teak furniture should always be unfinished. A brand new teak product should have no stains, finishes, washes or colors applied. These are all an indication of trying to hide imperfections in the quality of the product.