Many people ask us about getting a wood slab live edge table for outdoor use. In other words, they want to know if it's a possibility. After all, the last thing you want is to spend money on a wood slab table and then have it get ruined because of the elements.
Rest assured, you can get an exterior wood slab table. And it will look absolutely amazing for years to come. There are a few things to keep in mind however.
The key here is going to be in the finish. Especially, when you live in the Greater Rochester area, the elements are most definitely a factor. If a table that is not properly finished for exterior use gets exposed to rain, sun, snow, you name it, it will eventually destroy the look and also integrity of that live edge table.
There are few different ways to go about protecting a wood slab table and thus being able to use it outside without fear of damage or rot. One way is to use a clearcoat solution that is actually similar to the coating they use on cars. This is a multi-step process that ensures maximum protection and longevity. Different manufacturers have different ways of preserving the wood slab and the finish itself. So you are going to want to ask about this prior to purchasing your exterior wood slab piece.
Also, keep in mind, that there is a bit more care and attention required when the live edge or wood slab table is storied outside. Ideally, in the winter months, you will cover the table. Allowing snow to mound up and consequently sit on the table top for long periods is not good for the finish.
Additionally, if you can keep the table in a space where there is more shade than direct sun, this will help to prevent against any fading that can occur. Incidentally, the same can be said for interior wood slab tables. That Rochester, NY sunshine streaming in through the windows directly onto your table top can cause some fading and discoloration over time.
At Live Edge Refined we value our relationships with area clients. Which means, we will help you in terms of offering guidance on wood slab preservation and care. The process of creating your wood slab piece really is a collaborative one. From the design to tree / wood selection to the base design and final finishes, we work with you to construct something truly amazing. Call today and let's create your new piece!