Teak is a close grained hardwood with high natural oil content. It is highly resistant to rotting and almost impervious to the effects of sun, rain, frost or snow. These characteristics make it the ideal timber for all outdoor applications. Many other hardwoods are used for outdoor furniture and some are even marketed as ‘teak substitutes’, however, there is no substitute for teak and no other hardwood will perform to the same standard as teak in outdoor conditions. The features of premium grade teak are consistent grain structure, the absence of knots, splits or cracks.