Understanding the Differences between Grade A, B & C Teak
If you're in the market for outdoor teak furniture, you may have come across the terms Grade A, B, and C. These grades signify the quality and grade of the teak wood used in the furniture. In this article, we'll explain what these grades mean and how they differ from one another.
What are Grades of Teak Wood?
Teak wood is a naturally durable type of hardwood that is commonly used on boats, as decking and for outdoor furniture due to its natural ability to withstand harsh weather conditions. The grades of teak wood are based on the quality and appearance of the wood.
Teak Grades Explained
Grade A teak is the highest quality teak available. It comes from the innermost part of the teak tree and has a close grain and a natural golden colour with a high shine. The wood is also very durable and has a uniform appearance. This makes it the most expensive grade of teak wood.
Grade B teak refers to teak wood that comes from the outer sections of the teak tree. It has a slightly uneven grain and less shine than Grade A teak, but it is still a high-quality wood. It is also less expensive than Grade A teak.
Grade C teak is the lowest quality teak available. It comes from the outermost part of the teak tree and has an uneven grain, knots, and is lighter in colour (almost whitish). It is often used for undercover outdoor furniture or other applications where appearance is less important.
Understanding the Differences Between Grade A, B & C Teak Wood
The main difference between these grades is the quality and appearance of the wood. Grade A teak has a uniform appearance and a high shine, while Grade C teak has knots and an uneven grain.
If you're looking for the highest quality teak for outdoor furniture, Grade A teak is the best option. Silica and teak oil are the natural oils found in teak wood. They make the wood highly resistant to rot, decay and withstand insect damage. Grade A teak is more durable and has a uniform appearance, due to the high silica levels. However, it is also the most expensive option.
Grade B & C is considered the budget friendly option, for those that want something that's not going to disintegrate within 12 months. Grade B & C teak can have increased longevity with the application of care products (golden care honey brown protect). This teak has a more uneven grain and varies in colour. It will also have more knots in the wood so will be more susceptible to splits and cracks over time. Suitable for outdoor use with proper maintenance and care. No maintenance required if the furniture is kept undercover on a balcony or patio.
When it comes to purchasing teak wood for outdoor furniture, it's important to understand the differences between Grade A, B, and C. Grade A teak is the highest quality but also the most expensive. Grades B and C are more affordable but will require more maintenance. By understanding these differences, you can make an informed decision about which grade of teak wood is best for your needs.
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