The traditional garden bench seat has evolved to cover a wide variety of construction materials and shapes. Benches have been made from stone, metal, and wood for decades. Today, we see more benches made from concrete, plastic, fiberglass, and recycled plastic.
The Hardwoods Used to Make Benches
1) Brazilian Redwood Massaranduba is seven times harder than California Redwood.
2) Garapa wood is naturally resistant to decay, rot, insect infestation and provides the owners with a bench with a thirty-year lifespan.
3) From South America comes Tigerwood that boasts a resistance to boring insects, splintering, mildew, and mold.
4) Cumaru Wood is 40% less costly than Ipe wood. Without the use of chemicals, it is low maintenance, resistant to boring insects, decay, and rot.
5) Ipe wood is weather, mold, pest, and fire resistant. It is also three times harder than cedar.