There is quite a variety of beautiful furniture that you can enjoy on your patio, but you probably wonder how you can give it longevity in the face of different weather conditions. That type of furniture is purposely made more durable in order to survive, but you also have to do your part to aid it in its durability. Following are some ideas that will help to promote a longer life as you maintain your outdoor furniture.
Aluminum is the most popular metal for outdoor patio furniture. Although it is lightweight, it is durable, strong, highly weather-resistant, and is easily worked into intricate shapes. It is relatively inexpensive, never rusts, and is low maintenance. Realize, like other metals, aluminum will heat up, so you have to be sure to have seat cushions that can keep you cool.
Wrought iron is strong, durable, and long-lasting, but it is heavy so can be difficult to move, it gets very hot in the summer months and very cold in the winter, and can require a lot of care to clean and protect against rust. Fortunately, the best contemporary wrought iron is treated with weather-resistant finishes to seal out damaging moisture. A good point is that wrought iron is very malleable when heated and can be hammered into shapes with ornate hand-crafted designs.
Natural wicker is made from organic sources such as rattan, bamboo, seagrass, willow, or banana leaf. While strong and pleasing in its looks, plant-based wicker is susceptible to being damaged by rain, humidity, and moisture and thus is a poor choice for outdoor tables, chairs, sofas, and other furniture.
All-weather wicker furniture, on the other hand, is made from synthetic high-quality and high-density polyethylene resin (HDPE). That is strong, resistant to weather damage, does not emit any chemicals, is fade-resistant, lightweight, can be exposed to UV rays for many years without degradation, is easy to clean, and is eco-friendly. Most outdoor wicker furniture is constructed over an aluminum frame, and that increases the weight that can be supported.
Polyester fabric is synthetic material that is typically coated with either vinyl or acrylic to help protect it from the elements. It resists water damage and stains, is strong and tear-resistant, and dries quickly. However, most of the average-grade outdoor polyester fabrics could fade faster when exposed to UV rays because they are dipped in colors or have colors painted on. Therefore, be aware that they do better in the shade where there is less direct sunlight.
Acrylic fabric is strong and can withstand tearing and rubbing damage. It is resistant to weather, water, mildew, and mold. It is breathable and stays cooler in the hot weather.. Acrylic fabric is solution-dyed, meaning that the threads are dyed before they are woven, which allows the fabric to retain its color longer even when exposed to the direct sunlight. It is easy to clean with just mild soap and water. It is considered the best all-purpose textile for outdoor throw pillows, cushions, and patio umbrellas.
With the proper care, your patio furniture will give years of beauty and comfort. Be aware of what materials you are using and what weather concerns each carries so you can be confident putting out your furniture this spring and summer.