Teak Wood should be kiln dried for about three weeks to a moisture content of about 8% before used in manufacturing of teak outdoor furniture.
The drying process increases the stability and hardness of the wood.
If Teak Wood is not properly dried (internal areas have a higher moisture content) then the furniture is subject to splitting and warping if used in an area of low atmospheric humidity (most of the United States).
As wood dries, it shrinks. If the outer layers of the wood are dry, but the inner layers are not when the furniture is manufactured, then as the inner layers adapt to the atmospheric moisture content (sometimes a period as short as 6 – 10 days) the wood warps or splits to accommodate the shrinkage.
If the teak wood was properly kiln dried, then the outer and
inner moisture content is the same, and the furniture will be stable.
I am attaching a few photos of our new bathroom with your shower bench and shower bench with arms. We totally gutted our old bathroom in order to redesign the room to be ADA compliant. But, I wanted this new room to be a beautiful spa in addition to being practical. We needed a bench that would fit under the vanity so that a person could sit in front of the sink and mirror, and a bench with arms for the shower so that a person could sit in the shower and have arms to help in standing up. We are pleased with our new room and very pleased with our Goldenteak benches. Next purchase will be your Goldenteak clothes hamper. Thanks for great products and service! CM - 6/1/2014
This corner unit is very comfortable, especially with the center pillow. I got the corner with one on each side, and the configuration is excellent with a coffee table. Oh, and the teak and construction are certainly excellent.