There are an array of options that you can choose from for patio furniture today. You can opt for plastic furniture, resin-based furniture or even metals like aluminum and iron. But by far the most commonly used type of patio furniture is the furniture that is made out of natural materials like wood. And of all the woods that you can buy, teak is one of the most talked about. But is teak for you? Find out below.

Teak patio furniture is made from the wood of the teak tree, which is a tropical tree closely related to mint. The tree and the wood have several naturally occurring oils that make it great for use outdoors. The oils in the tree prevent it from weathering and make it durable and even termite and other pest resistant without the use of any stains or varnishes. While over time the wood will turn from its natural golden tan color to a grayish color, with proper maintenance you can prevent or reverse this.

Because it is a natural material, one of the big concerns in owning teak furniture is how it was obtained. Two species of teak are endangered and cutting down old-growth forest to get at this wonderful wood is not sustainable or environmentally friendly. Luckily though, demand for teak worldwide has lead to sustainable Teak plantations that are grown in tropical countries around the world from Panama to Indonesia. When you're buying your teak furniture look for the certification from the Forest Stewardship Council to make sure that hasn't harmed the environment.

When it comes to actually using it on your patio, teak patio furniture creates a great, classy look that makes your patio look elegant and professionally finished. And since you won't have to worry about it weathering, the furniture is an investment in your future. It will be around for years to come. When you add outdoor furniture cushions to it, you'll have a great looking, comfortable, durable set of furniture.

The only downside of teak is that it is relatively expensive to buy, especially if you're planning on using it for every piece of furniture on your patio. But, while you might spend less money on plastic furniture today, when you have to buy new furniture every few years instead of having one set of teak you might actually end up spending more money!

Teak furniture is a great option for nearly any patio. It's durable, comfortable, and even looks classy to boot and makes a great addition to any outdoor patio lights that you already have. You will spend a little bit more money for it now, but it's an investment in your home's future.