Teak has been prized throughout history for its durability, stability,
and resistance to moisture, rot, parasites and virtually all weather conditions.
Among the alternatives to teak, tropical woods such as iroko, ipe, Brazilian
teak, and African teak have a lower oil content so are less durable and
more vulnerable to splintering and rot. Cedar and cypress, from which
you'll also find outdoor furniture made, tend to be softer, lighter weight,
and far less durable. For outdoor applications and a lifetime of use,
teak is in a class of its own.
What's unique about teak?
Because of its exceptionally high oil content, teak is especially durable,
long-lasting and highly resistant to rot and weather, even in the most
difficult coastal climates. Teak is prized around the world for its beautiful,
tight grain and golden hue that weathers to a distinctive silver gray.
And over a lifetime of use, teak requires little to no maintenance to
preserve its beauty and dependable stability. There is simply no substitute
for quality teak when it comes to elegant, long-lasting, comfortable home
and garden furniture and furnishings.
Does Reforest Teak offer unique manufacturing advantages?
At Reforest Teak, we insist on manufacturing furniture for a lifetime
of satisfaction. Our furniture is made with the highest quality precision
mortise and tenon joinery using round and oval tenons. We use only stainless
steel fittings that are 316 marine grade, assuring optimal resistance
to rust and oxidation. For failsafe bonding and precision fit, we choose
to apply the same waterproof adhesives used on the space shuttle and military
aircraft. And our factory craftspeople are proud of their skilled workmanship
and expertise at hand sanding every piece of Reforest Teak to an heirloom
What teak grade does Reforest Teak use?
We use First European Quality (FEQ) grade teak in nearly all of our furniture.
FEQ is the highest grade of 100% heartwood teak and the best quality there
is for exterior applications such as furniture, decking, and yacht building.
How long will delivery be on my Reforest Teak order?
We can usually send out your order within one to two weeks. Reforest Teak
products are sent directly from our factory in Costa Rica to our warehouses
in Pennsylvania and Vermont. Even if we're temporarily out of stock due
to high demand, our inventory is much closer to you than our Asian competitors.
How much will shipping cost?
We are proud to offer Free Shipping on our full line of teak furniture and planters. Additional shipping charges are applied to teak lumber and flooring orders.
Is assembly required?
With some furniture pieces of Reforest Teak, particularly the larger ones,
there may be a small amount of simple assembly required. Whenever the
design allows, we choose to use a simple pegged dowel assembly that has
been the first choice of master woodworkers for centures. So, other than
basic tools, you won't need anything special to put larger pieces together.
You'll find easy to follow assembly instructions included in your package
and a toll free help number in case you need extra advice.
Can my Reforest Teak furniture stay outside year round?
There's no need to store your Reforest Teak indoors. Properly kiln dried
teak such as ours can be left outside year round, regardless of weather
conditions. When left outdoors, however, your teak furniture is likely
to collect dirt and dust. You can remedy that with a simple, yearly cleaning
using a gentle bristle brush and a mild cleaner such as Simple Green.
How does weathering affect teak?
Untreated teak will weather over time to a naturally beautiful silver
gray. If you prefer to keep its golden hue, apply a teak sealer (choose
an environmentally friendly brand) when your pieces are new, or during
the winter months. We do not recommend using teak oils as they don't extend
the life of your furniture and may lead to unnecessary ongoing maintenance.
Should I be concerned about occasional cracks in my teak furniture?
Not at all. Teak is something of a "living" wood. As weather
conditions affect the moisture content of your Reforest Teak furniture,
you'll sometimes find small fissures in the end grain of your pieces'
arms and legs. They're normal and will most likely disappear with weather
variations. These natural cracks will not affect the life span or the
use of your Reforest Teak.
What about the occasional darker stripes in my new furniture?
With new teak furniture, a few dark stripes are normal. They tend to occur
after kiln drying which lowers moisture content of the wood before it's
crafted into fine furniture. You'll find these color variations disappear
once your furniture is exposed to sunlight. Note that, with Reforest Teak
products which use Standard Teak (a mix of heartwood and whitewood), such
as our planters and birdhouses, color variations are a natural occurence
and become part of the distinctive appearance of the wood.
Do you offer "white glove" delivery?
White glove service is available for all of our Reforest Teak products
within the continental US. Items will be fully assembled and trucked directly
to your home. Your new furniture will be carefully placed anywhere you
like, inside or out and all packaging materials removed. White glove service
is available for additional delivery fees. For "white glove"
rates, or to schedule a "white glove" delivery, please call
What if I have to return my Reforest Teak order?
In the unlikely event that you need to return your shipment, it must be
in its original condition and shipped within 30 days of having received
it. We'll refund your purchase price, less shipping costs, plus a nominal
restocking fee. While we guarantee your outdoor teak furniture for life
against material and manufacturing defects, it cannot be returned once
it has begun to weather.
Where does the wood for Reforest Teak come from?
All of the teak we use to make Reforest Teak products is grown in Central
America, specifically in democratic Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a world
leader in progressive environmental policy with 34% of the country's land
designated to protective national parks and conservation zones. The teak
we use comes from our sustainably managed forests planted on pastures
which were depleted and abandoned by the beef industry. Unlike a number
of teak producing regions worldwide such as Indonesia and Myanmar/Burma,
Costa Rica does not tolerate extremist regimes, despots or repressive
military dictatorships. It has been widely reported that such regimes
are often involved in exploiting timber industry profits at the expense
of precious ecosystems and dependent local communities. Reforest Teak
is committed to ecological reforestation in Central America in a way that
respects and restores the environment and fosters a better quality of
life in local communities.
What is the impact of Reforest Teak on the environment?
Our plantations in Costa Rica are certified by the Forest Stewardship
Council (FSC) through the SmartWood program of the Rainforest Alliance,
assuring our customers that our forest plantations are managed sustainably
and in a way that respects the present and future needs of neighboring
What is the impact of Reforest Teak on local communities?
At Reforest Teak, we are committed to sharing the long range benefits
of our business and to helping improve the quality of life for our neighboring
communities in Central America. We provide fair and above-market wages,
social security and insurance plans, and an industry-leading pension plan
designed to empower women. We also offer apprenticeship and professional
training programs to enhance employment opportunities. And we facilitate
programs in ecological reforestation and land management that we hope
will foster an ongoing local sense of stewardship for woodland resources
and precious ecological systems in the region.
Do you directly or indirectly employ children?
Reforest Teak does not tolerate any form of forced child labor or child
exploitation. Our workplace practices look to enhance the quality of life
for our employees and assist them in providing the social and economic
stability that supports a healthful, nurturing environment for raising
children. Included in these practices is a stipend which we offer to all
of our employees for the education of their children.