Should You Seal New Teak Furniture?

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To Seal or Not Seal new teak furniture?

A question we get all the time in our office is whether or not new teak furniture should be sealed. The simplest answer is a resounding ‘yes’ but there are reasons why some people may not choose to seal their pieces when new. Here are the top 3 reasons to seal pieces when new, along with reasons for not sealing as well.

1) Keep your teak furniture looking like-new all the time – Left unsealed, new teak furniture will begin to fade and lighten in a matter of months when left outside.  Only a properly applied, penetrating teak sealer (NOT Teak Oil!), will ensure that your pieces keep their showroom appearance for as long as possible.

2) Protect your teak furniture from the elements – When sealed with a marine-grade, penetrating, teak sealer, your new teak pieces will stay well protected from both sun and water damage.

3) Guard against the high cost of future restoration – By sealing your teak furniture when new, you enable future maintenance to be much less costly than if you didn’t have it sealed at all.  If you keep up with maintenance on an annual basis, it should only cost you between $25 and $50 per piece to keep your furniture looking its best. As a comparison, the cost to restore gray pieces that were not originally sealed can cost at least $100 per piece.

There are certainly those teak owners that like the look of weathered, gray teak furniture and they certainly don’t need their pieces to be sealed when new. If you like the look of your teak when purchased, sealing it when new is the best way to assure its longevity and good looks going forward.  If you’d like more information on sealing new teak furniture, please visit our webpage at or call us directly at (760) 930-6060.  We’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have or provide a free customized estimate right over the phone.

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