Wood outdoors is one of the fastest ways to warm up a space. The natural feel of a beautiful hardwood is aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. But not all wood is created equal. There is good reason why outdoor furniture companies prefer to use teak when it comes to designing pieces that will be exposed to the elements. Teak holds up very well under a range of conditions and fades to a silvery colour that doesn’t make it look ‘old’ or beaten up. IPE is another very popular wood choice when it comes to furniture as well as flooring for outside spaces. IPE does require sealant to keep it looking its best but with the same fire rating as concrete and steel, you won’t find a stronger natural product.
Many companies understand the need to provide durable product options that have less maintenance required, without losing on the looks. Sounds good right? Some companies have developed technologies to give their materials the look and feel of real wood. While these companies are currently producing floors and other outdoor elements such as umbrellas, pergolas, planter boxes, fancying most people haven’t heard of it. Chances are they will become more popular over time because of all the great advantages. Less maintenance means less time and money saved in the long run.