Make sure you know what type of wood you’re buying and how to take care of it to prevent splitting, cracking, rotting, or bug infestation.
Look for: Denser types of wood, like teak or eucalyptus; they’re more durable and easier to maintain because they resist water naturally. Other varieties may need to be sealed yearly. Avoid wood furniture that’s been glued.
Expert tip: Want the look and ease of teak at half the price? Kosin recommends shorea wood, which is similar in quality and durability but is much more plentiful and, therefore, cheaper.