Teak furniture is famous for its beautiful golden-brown colour. This warm hue often looks great in outdoor areas that get a lot of sunlight and have an abundance of greenery. Over time, however, this goldish tone eventually fades into a silvery patina grey.
Though both colours offer a lot of aesthetic value, some people might prefer one over the other. In this blog, we’re going to discuss why teak wood changes colour and what you can do to get your desired hue.
Teak’s natural colour
Before we talk about colour changes, it’s important to note the natural colour variation between teak grades. Grade A teak (or premium grade) has a smooth light brown finish. In most cases, this is considered the most desirable out of the three grades. Grade B teak is similar to Grade A but has a slightly darker hue. Lastly, there’s Grade C teak, which is usually very patchy and often has bright white spots throughout the surface.
Depending on the look that you’re going for, one of these grades might be better than the other. It’s good to have a rough idea of the aesthetic that you’re going for before investing in multiple pieces of furniture.
Why is my teak furniture turning grey?
So why is your beautiful outdoor garden bench changing colours? Is it damaged? Will you need to replace it?
When teak changes colours, it’s likely due to the natural process called weathering. Weathering occurs when teak wood gets exposed to UV rays and/or moisture for an extended period.
This change happens gradually over time and so you may not notice it right away. However, when you directly compare the natural honey-gold hue of teak to the classic patina grey aesthetic, the difference is night and day.
Though the shift to patina grey is technically a sign of fading, a lot of homeowners love the aesthetic value that it offers. Certainly, the subtle silver tone goes well with a lot of rustic home decors.
The good news is, this fading process is only superficial. It does not affect the longevity or durability of your wood. In addition, the fact that it’s changing colour is also a sign that your teak furniture is natural and did not go through any chemical treatments.
How do I prevent it?
If you don’t like the look of patina grey, there are ways to delay the weathering process. Nowadays, one of the most popular methods is to use a water-based teak protector. This will protect the teak from UV damage and will prevent black spots from appearing on the surface (a common side effect of using teak oil). These protective qualities will help you maintain that beautiful golden-brown hue.
It’s also important to note that too much moisture will cause mould and mildew to grow on the surface. You will need to regularly clean your furniture in order to prevent patches of mould from spreading throughout the wood.
If the wood has already faded, don’t worry. The weathering process only occurs on the top most layer. This means, underneath the surface, that golden colour still exists. To restore the wood, you will need to get it professionally cleaned and re-finished.
Teak is the perfect material for outdoor furniture. However, before you purchase anything, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. Do you want the wood to retain its natural colour or do you want it to transform into a silvery wonder? Regardless, your aesthetic preferences will determine what kind of maintenance routine you need to follow. If you have any questions about specific teak grades, be sure to talk to your local supplier.