At PatioFurnitureUSA.com, we know that buying patio furniture, while exhilarating, isn't something that you want to do yearly. Unfortunately, this means understanding that some kinds of furniture may be inappropriate for your climate. While true that a high level of commitment to maintenance can prolong the life of patio furniture in any environment, we espouse the belief that patio furniture is for relaxing. Therefore, familiarize yourself with the various advantages and disadvantages of outdoor furniture constructs before falling in love with a set that may not be the best choice for you or your climate.
Aluminum Patio Furniture--Does not rust. Cleans with soapy water and is pretty much indestructible year round. Consider its light weight an advantage over wrought iron unless you live in a terrible windy climate. Of course, any stone, tile, grout, and fabric elements will need care to last the years.
Wrought Iron Patio Dining Sets--As stated, wrought iron is a weighty material. Great for sustaining high winds. All wrought iron on this site is powder coated and electro-statically painted. A chip in the paint and a little water can bring about rust, so keep some touch up paint handy. Don't wash with any harsh chemicals, soap and water will do.
Resin Wicker Patio Furniture--Wicker has always been a welcoming material for outdoor furniture. However, it always fell short on longevity. Our resin wicker pieces are virgin vinyl and are wrapped around a steel or aluminum frame. These items enjoy all the benefits of vinyl, easy to clean, weather-resistant, and comfy to sit in.
Mosaic Patio Table Sets--Considered by many to be the pinnacle of surfaces, mosaics do look great. However, take care to prevent any grouted surface from freezing. Water seeps in the pores and will cause cracking when it freezes. Don't worry about keeping them warm during the winter, but it would be best to store such products in a shed or garage to prevent them from absorbing moisture during winter months.
Patio Furniture Cushions-- All of our patio cushions are variations of woven acrylic, Dacron, and other outdoor materials. This means that they are water- and UV-resistant, but don't mistake that for waterproof. If a cushion gets soaked, dry it thoroughly; to prevent fading, bring them inside. After a while, the sun will fade your cushions -- make sure that they all get the same treatment and no one will notice.
Wood Patio Furniture--All wood, more or less, will weather alike. After years of untreated exposure to the elements, expect a grayish/silver tone that, while not gleaming and new, is not altogether unpleasant to look at. If you are into slowing the hands of time, treat your wood patio furniture yearly with any number of effective methods and products easily learned about at your local hardware store. Expect a pretty simple procedure -- generally 1. Clean, 2. Seal.
The real value of a wood is usually considered to be its hardness. Pine and cedar are both on the softer side and quite plentiful. This usually translates dollar savings when compared to harder woods like shorea and mahogany. Teak patio furniture, though, is the toughest of the lot. Traditionally used on boat decks, teak is great for patio furniture. It looks great, lasts, and resists warping. Of course, its scarcity and coveted position among woods puts it on the pricier side.