Among patio furniture materials, teak wood is the top of its class. Teak is unique in its amazing durability; it can last, unfinished, for decades in any climate. Some even consider teak wood products eco-friendly because of its longevity; most can be used, used, and reused for generations. Unfortunately, for all its durability, teak is equally rare and therefore relatively expensive.
Common teak wood deck and patio products include tables, chairs, benches, loungers, umbrellas, and more. Teak is weather- as well as termite- and rot-resistant. While it sounds like the perfect material for building a deck, pergola, arbor, or other patio structure from, its inhibitive cost and relative rarity (native to Asia) do not compete with more traditional American deck products such as treated lumber, douglas fir, pine, redwood, and others.
Teak wood is also historically popular for use in boatbuilding. So a nautically themed patio or deck might do well with some salvaged teak wood from maritimes past, if you can get your hands on some. Teak paneling also exists, usually for indoor applications, but innate durability certainly does not preclude a patio bar, gazebo, or other structure as a viable recipient for teak.
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