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Old-Cornishman
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   Old Thread  #29 30 Nov 2023 at 5.49pm  1  Login    Register
In reply to Post #21
Renewing slats on ornate metal bench ends is really easy and the end result looks great but if you are nervous about doing that then ready made teak furniture is not too expensive for what it is.

Teak has a higher durability rating than oak and is used when that durability is a prime requirement. Itís widely used for boat decking or garden furniture but has many other uses that require a durable nature. The reason itís so good is that it contains a lot of natural oils that protect it from degradation when exposed to the weather. It will age for say 6 to 9 months, go grey then just sit there almost unchanged for decades. If you donít like the grey finish then you need to treat it before the aging occurs.
One caveat - Any reasonable quality teak furniture from a reputable manufacturer or supplier will be made from the heart wood which contains an abundance of those natural oils that give teak its renowned long life.
However teak sap wood especially from young trees contains very little oil so is only really suitable for indoor use. Thankfully garden furniture made from sap wood is very rare but thatís the only thing I can think of to account for ď TeddybaresĒ teak furniture only lasting 5 years. Sapwood is often a lighter colour but stains can mask this so beware of cheap imports and donít buy unseen.
Teddybare
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   Old Thread  #28 29 Nov 2023 at 10.14pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #27
Its what it said on the box mate.
Old-Cornishman
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   Old Thread  #27 29 Nov 2023 at 8.47pm    Login    Register
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Are you sure it was teak not something teak colour?
Iíve had teak chairs for 20 + years that I havenít treated but they are still going strong.
Iíve seen 30 years quoted for teak.
Teddybare
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   Old Thread  #26 29 Nov 2023 at 2.05pm    Login    Register
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I agree it's a lot of money but if we get another 5 or 6 years out of it I'd say we got value for money over the 14 or 15 years.
Had some Teak stuff before, only lasted about 5 years, admittedlely it didnt get looked after, looked nice though.

Looking at stuff on SM it looks like more and more people are spending plenty on their outdoor spaces, got to be down to three things, lack of indoor space, better weather or more disposable income for this sort of thing. I wish they'd ban plastic grass mind you
ip100
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ip100
   Old Thread  #25 29 Nov 2023 at 12.48pm    Login    Register
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Ok, let me rephrase that. Most rattan stuff is crap. And most people won't have 9k to drop on garden furniture either I'd guess. So for the average working class people the stuff within their price range isnt worth wasting your money on
Teddybare
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   Old Thread  #24 29 Nov 2023 at 9.50am    Login    Register
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You're wrong mate, you get what you spend.

Admittedly we spent top dollar on our rattan sets, a dinning table set for 6 and a sofa set for 8.
Not much change out of £9k. Its a lot of money but comparable to what youd pay for good quality indoor furniture.

Theyve been outside all year every year for the last 8 years and look as good today as the day they were bought. We have covers for all but some years they get forgotten.

Buy cheap from B & Q, Argos etc then yes you will reap what you sow.
I dont need to tell you, buy cheap buy twice.
ip100
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ip100
   Old Thread  #23 28 Nov 2023 at 4.31pm    Login    Register
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That rattan stuff is a massive waste of money imo, only looks nice for the first summer and falls apart far too easily given the cost of it
teamxray1
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teamxray1
   Old Thread  #22 28 Nov 2023 at 4.08pm    Login    Register
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"to be fair those prices are not to bad from what I have seen, rattan looks like the better option, agree"

Yeah, exactly. I'll need some more time to think about it, but I think eventually I'll buy rattan.
teamxray1
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teamxray1
   Old Thread  #21 28 Nov 2023 at 4.06pm    Login    Register
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I want something new. Correction, I need something new. I mentioned that I did try in the past to make it myself, but it didn't work out. Not much of a handyman, myself.
teamxray1
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teamxray1
   Old Thread  #20 28 Nov 2023 at 4.01pm    Login    Register
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Thanks, I'll look into it.
teamxray1
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teamxray1
   Old Thread  #19 28 Nov 2023 at 3.54pm    Login    Register
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"Have you thought about the cheap aluminium bistro sets?"

No, I haven't. I will look into that.

"A warning about Rattan."

Thanks. I know that if you want something long lasting, you have to pay more. That's why I don't mind paying more.
teamxray1
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teamxray1
   Old Thread  #18 28 Nov 2023 at 3.49pm    Login    Register
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scozza
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   Old Thread  #17 23 Nov 2023 at 10.27am    Login    Register
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Tinhead
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Tinhead
   Old Thread  #16 22 Nov 2023 at 11.28pm    Login    Register
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Opposite to me then
ralph69
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ralph69
   Old Thread  #15 22 Nov 2023 at 6.10pm    Login    Register
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