Patio Furniture – How to Find Comfort and Beauty
With many styles and materials, selecting new patio furniture may pose a challenge for homeowners. This quick overview of available finishes will help determining the most durable and low maintenance sets.
Synthetic Wicker Patio Furniture (above) | Aluminum Patio Furniture (below)
To extend the life of your wicker furniture, avoid direct contact with chlorine and saltwater. Furniture covers or storing your wicker furniture indoors when not in use is recommended.
Aluminum is the most popular contemporary patio furniture material. It resists rust and moisture damage better than other metals and a powder coated finish will offer added protection against the elements. Aluminum is strong yet relatively lightweight, making it easy to rearrange and store. It requires minimal care and is easy to clean.
Aluminum Furniture | Outdoor
For natural furniture that also durable, teak is a great outdoor furniture material choice. Teak is a dense, close-grained hardwood with a natural oil content that makes it resistant to the elements. Teak provides incomparable durability that will last a lifetime if cared for properly. It withstands rain, sunlight, humidity, wind, and extreme temperatures. It is actually one of the few woods in the world containing a natural oil which repels water, keeping it from warping, cracking or becoming brittle.
Storage Tips | Winter
For outdoor furniture to last a long time, it should be put under cover for the winter. The options to store furniture include a shed, garage or basement space, storage unit, or under a tarp if left out during the winter. If using a tarp, tie the tarp securely to the furniture in order for the tarp to stay intact while leaving room for circulation at the bottom. Make sure to thoroughly clean the furniture before putting it away for the season.
Designed for Comfort | Patio Furniture Cushions | credit: MissionHills
There are many other materials available like Steel, Wood, Wrought Iron, Plastic, Polymer, and Natural Wicker. All of these might be more affordable options for your patio furniture sets, but due to the durability or fading tendencies, they may need to be replaced more often.
When it comes to selecting patio furniture, it’s best to consider your preferred style, climate and maintenance options.
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