All wood Adirondack chairs are comfortable and beautiful, but the wood type used in the chair's construction can affect how long it will last and how much maintenance it will require. That said, any wood option is sure to look fabulous on your patio and provide years of comfortable relaxation.
Complete with its natural ability to repel insects, cedar Adirondack chairs will gracefully age from their original reddish brown color to a lustrous silver color when left unfinished. Cedar is naturally resistant to rot, mildew, and splitting or cracking. Cedar pieces are always a popular choice, especially pieces that appear weather-beaten.
Cypress Adirondack chairs have tight grains that stand strong against warping. Natural oils in cypress, much like those in cedar, help the wood remain rot- and insect-resistant. A weathered finish, using acrylic stains in shades of white, is one of the most popular styles of finished cypress.
One of the most beautiful wood types when regularly stained, the naturally occurring knots in pine wood are one aspect that people enjoy. Pine resists insects, rot, and weathering when properly maintained.
A wood with with beautiful, rich grains, Mahogany is a tropical hardwood that's comprable in strength to oak or teak. It's much more scratch-resistant than softer woods like cedar and pine. Refinish mahogany annually to maintain its scratch-resistant, unique finish. As a hardwood, tropical Mahogany is finely grained and can resist decay.
Shorea is a great choice for people who like aged wood in shades of silver. Straight-grained shorea will age from light lustrous brown to a beautiful gray when left unfinished (teak oil will preserve the original golden color). Shorea is also repellant to many insects and stands strong against harsh weather.
Tightly grained, this hardwood contains its own naturally occurring preservative, helping it resist insects and weather. Light oak is popular for its soft brown coloring.
Knowing a bit about the type of wood your Adirondack chair is made from, and how to care for it, will help you make the right choice for your home for years to come.