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Selecting the Right Material for Your Patio Furniture

Considering revamping your patio but not sure where to start?

Deciding on a material is a great jumping off point.

There are a ton of options—from wrought iron to wicker! However, when making your selection, it’s important to factor in your specific needs as well as the climate you live in. Some materials tend to require more care than others.

 

Steel

If you want something reminiscent of a bistro or a more retro-feel to your backyard space, steel is an excellent option.

Steel is sturdy, can endure extreme temperatures, and often has a powdered-coated finish, making it rust-resistant.

Because of this, it is hard to dent and can withstand both the coldest winters and hottest summers.

However, it needs a coat of liquid car wax yearly, in order to keep the finish looking as beautiful as the day you bought it.


Wood

Natural materials like pine, cedar, or teak offer a warm, rustic look to any backyard space. That being said, these pieces generally require a bit more care than other materials.

Many are sealed with varnishes that both enhance the natural beauty of the wood and make them more resistant to sun and rain. That being said, it’s best to try to keep your furniture dry in order to preserve the integrity of the wood.

Because wood is not as durable as other materials, and for that reason, it’s a good idea to keep coasters handy and to move furniture underneath an awning when there is extreme weather.

 

Aluminum

Aluminum is by far the easiest, most durable patio furniture material on the market. If you want something incredibly low-maintenance and while look great year-round, aluminum is just the ticket.

It can withstand any weather and is more rust-resistant than any other metal. In addition, it’s light-weight, so you can re-arrange furniture with ease and to your heart’s content.

Too keep it in tip-top shape, cover chips in finish with a paint (as close to the color of the furniture as possible) to prevent oxidation and rust!

 

Resin-Wicker

Resin-wicker is great if you like the neutral, earth tones of wicker, but want furniture that is weather resistant and easy to care for.

It is a synthetic material and can withstand humidity, rain and snow. Many resin-wicker pieces are UV-resistant, meaning the sun won’t cause them to fade or crack. Most resin-wicker furniture has an aluminum frame, and as we stated earlier, aluminum is the sturdiest patio material!

But, if you’re unsure whether your resin-wicker furniture is UV-resistant, simply move it out of direct sun-light when you’re not using it.

 

Wrought Iron

Wrought iron is distinctive and elegant and known for its heft and sturdiness. It makes a truly beautiful backyard space! And, due to its fortitude, there is no need to worry about a gust of strong wind knocking this furniture over. Many are treated with finishes to help them resist harsh weather. But, much like wood—it requires a level of thoughtfulness and care!

It’s best to keep these patio pieces out of the rain, as they are prone to rust. Much like aluminum, you can maintain wrought iron by sealing blemishes with paint. If you spot any rust, simply sand the area and touch up with some of that trusty paint.

 


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