How to Buy Outdoor Patio Furniture
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.