The Best Material for Patio Furniture
December 6, 2018
One of the biggest worries when buying patio furniture, no matter which style you prefer, is whether it can withstand everyday exposure to outdoor weather conditions: moisture, heat and strong winds.
This all-weather durability essentially comes down to the material it’s made from. There are many suitable materials to choose from, each with its pros and cons. And at the same time, there are other vital factors to consider such as the furniture’s functionality, aesthetics and the price of the material (expensive doesn’t always mean better or longer-lasting).
Here’s a quick guide to help you choose the best material when buying patio furniture.
Wrought iron means it was worked by hand, differing from cast iron which is created using moulds.
If you want unique handcrafted designs for your patio, then wrought iron is the material for you. However, bear in mind, wrought iron is heavier than aluminum, which might be problematic when you rearrange your furniture from time to time or move it indoors for the winter.
Synthetic resin is another common material for outside furniture, but make sure it’s High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Wicker and not a cheap low-quality PVC Wicker.
These inferior wickers can easily become brittle and crack. That being said, synthetic resin isn’t the most durable of the materials for patio furniture.
A lot of the options on the market today are made from low-quality PVC plastic, so be discerning and go for the higher grade material if you decide to go with synthetic resin.
Often commended for its strength and durability in withstanding harsh weather conditions, teak is also known for its beautiful grained finish.
Because it’s hardwood, it has a solid surface, and produces oil, which makes it stand out from other types of wood.
When properly maintained, Teak can last up to 50 years. It makes for a lovely outdoor dining table or outdoor chair, and although not quite as light as Aluminum patio furniture, it’s still considerably easy to carry.
Even with minimal maintenance, Aluminium outdoor furniture is sturdy enough to hold up in almost any weather condition, making it a superior material for outdoor furniture.
You only need to clean it periodically with mild soap and water and cover or bring it indoors during winter for added protection.
Considering its durability, it’s also less expensive than other materials. Unlike iron and steel, it doesn’t rust from exposure to moist or salty air, making it perfect for beach houses.
And unlike wooden furniture, it won’t crack under daily sun exposure. Additionally, Aluminum is an extremely versatile material that can be cast into different designs.
Cast Aluminum vs Hollow Aluminum
While slightly more expensive, cast aluminum is sturdier and more durable than it’s hollow cousin, especially when coated with a finish. Hollow or tubular patio furniture is less expensive but more light-weight and easier to move around.
So, if you’re looking for patio furniture, Cast Aluminum is by far your best pick due to its durability, maintenance, and cost.
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