Materials and Finishes
Our furniture is constructed from many different types of wood and materials, and can be finished in a number of colors, paints, and textures. Below, each material type is explained in detail to help you choose the one that can best suit your needs.
Not all, but some of our furniture can be customized to your specific requirements. Rustic or smooth finish, color of stain and level of glossiness can generally all be chosen. Please understand that colors will differ slightly from the screen to the actual finish item. We can send you more information on the colors and finishes upon order placement.
Teak Wood -it is the most misunderstood material for consumers because the grade of the teak will have great impact on the uses, and the durability of the finished product. More on teak here.
Acacia - is a good alternative choice to teak, although it is not nearly as durable, it will still perform well outdoors and the price is much more affordable. It is a moderately dense wood which has a nice grain pattern. If the furniture has a finish, it will need to be lightly sanded and treated every 2-3 years. Deck stain is a great choice as it is made to last outdoors. Many options are available from your local DIY store.
Mahogany -is a relatively expensive hardwood and traditionally used for indoor furniture. It ranges in color from medium brown to a deep red brown. We use mahogany for custom orders or in some of our weathered/rustic or painted items.
Suar - also known as Monkey Pod or Rain Tree, is a non endangered, fast growing, tropical hardwood native to South America but widespread throughout the tropics. The wood is extremely dense and hard and has a crisscross interlocking grain which reduces the possibility of cracking and warping that can occur due to changes in the ambient humidity levels. These slabs are each one of a kind table tops, with striking grain patterns.
Reclaimed woods - We use many kinds of reclaimed woods for our furniture manufacturing. Not only are they a good alternative to cutting down more trees, you can often have more valuable and high quality wood in reclaimed items. The cutting of old growth trees was not monitored 30-40 years or more ago, which means old growth trees were used to build farm houses, fishing boats and railroad ties. When using this wood, it can be refinished to remove any signs of it's last use and make modern, elegant furniture, or we can leave some of the paint, nail holes and other signs of ageing for some beautiful rustic end results which will retain some history and add charm to the piece. Each will be unique.
We also produce pine furniture made from old shipping pallets. Pine is a relatively inexpensive softwood and is used for all kinds of applications. Reclaiming these old pallets, we can produce beautiful, rustic pieces.
Synthetic Rattan is made with high density polyethylene (HDPE) and made to resemble natural wicker. It is however much more durable and resistant to rain, UV rays and extreme temperatures. Synthetic rattan is usually woven around a steel, iron or aluminum frame on all our outdoor swings, chairs and patio sets. We also offer different fabrics for outdoor furniture sets. Sunbrella is the best (and the most expensive). This fabric can actually be bleached to remove stains and is guaranteed to be fade and weather resistant for at least 5 years. It is the fabric of choice for yachts and 5 star resorts. We also carry a more affordable line of polyspun fabric which is also weather resistant.
Water hyacinth - is a fast growing water plant which is non endangered. It is used on furniture for indoor applications of both furniture and home décor. It is more delicate than manmade wicker and needs to stay fairly dry and indoors.