What Outdoor Furniture Should I Choose?

What Outdoor Furniture Should I Choose?
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What Outdoor Furniture Should I Choose?

Furniture plays a big part in your outdoor space. Knowing what materials are best for you and your climate is an exceptionally large part when it comes to buying the correct outdoor furniture. There are a lot of different types of materials that you can use in your garden. Durability, strength, resistances, and look are especially important, so keep that in mind when you go shopping.

 

Resin, Polymer, Plastic, and Recycled Plastic

These kinds of materials are inexpensive, lightweight, and come in a plethora of different textures and colours. Due to its flexibility and ability to be moulded, plastic and resin can both be made to look like rattan, cane, and other forms of materials that can form wicker furniture, it can also look like wood and other materials.

Resin and recycled plastic furniture are resistant to pests, moisture, mildew, and stains, this kind of furniture is also incredibly durable. Due to the number of resistances, these materials won’t fade, peel, or crack and don’t need any extra finishes. They will practically always stay in good condition. Many of these styles of furniture that include these materials can usually stack, this helps the fact that they are lightweight and can be easily moved by the wind. Another thing to note is the act that under no circumstances should you buy PVC polymer as it is easily cracked and damaged in extreme temperatures and under UV rays.

 

Wicker

Wicker furniture is the process in which the material used is weaved to create the furniture. Due to this, wicker furniture can be made from both natural and synthetic materials. Although natural rattan, cane, and other materials all look good, synthetic materials look just as good and are resistant to practically everything if you get the correct type of synthetic.

The kind of synthetic you want to look for is HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) this is one of the best materials you can choose for your wicker furniture, do not under any circumstances buy PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) due to it being brittle and easily damaged. Wicker furniture is a classic in style, comfortable, lightweight, and flexible.

Natural wicker materials are not resistant to fading in sunlight or are moisture resistant. So, when it is too sunny or raining and not being used then bring it inside or cover it up. Good quality synthetic wicker however is resistant and extremely low maintenance, so it will be fine come rain or shine. Something that can occur with both types of wicker is that the fibres can come loose over time.

 

Wood

Wood is a classic for outdoor as well as indoor furniture, this can be due to its natural appearance. There are many types of wood but there are only a few that are suitable for the outside elements. The type of wood you want to choose will be dense hardwood that excretes a lot of natural oils. These oils can give the wood a lot of different kinds of resistance to almost all outdoor dangers including pests and rain.

 

Shorea and Teak

Both of these kinds of wood are incredibly durable and hard. These two kinds of hardwood are among some of the best when it comes to being used for outdoor furniture, especially when cared for properly. Both teak and shorea are tropical hardwoods, they are also resistant to shrinkage, swelling, warping, and rotting. Both shorea and teak will slowly lose their original hues and fade into a grey patina, this can be protected against if you treat the wood fairly regularly. Once the wood turns to a grey patina it can easily be stained into a different colour so it can also be positive, although once it turns grey it looks rather good by itself. If it’s hard to choose between the two, shorea is cheaper as it is not as widely known.

 

Acacia

This wood is pretty durable and strong. It can hold out in almost all kinds of weather. Acacia is an extremely common wood across the world making it a relatively eco-friendly choice for your furniture. Acacia comes in a rich brown with undertones of gold which can be brought out more with stains or seal.

 

Cypress and Cedar

Cedar is quite easy to move about and can be stained to almost any colour you like, this is due to being light in both colour and weight. Cedarwood has resin inside of it making it rot and insect resistant. A downside to cedar is that although it is sturdy the wood is a bit softer meaning that it can be dented relatively easily. Another downside to being soft is that it can retain moisture which also makes it prone to cracking. Cypress wood on the other hand is just a slightly better version of cedarwood as it has all the resistances but is more resilient to moisture and other forms of minor damage.

 

Eucalyptus

One of the stronger woods, although not as strong as shorea or teak. Eucalyptus can stay untreated and still last for decades against the elements without breaking down. Like cedar and cypress, it is naturally insect-proof. It also is rather low maintenance due to its resistance and is sustainable. It fades over time into a silvery grey from a bright red orange. Although there is a downside that it will need a seal to prevent any negatives that come from moisture.

 

Metal

One of the most durable and reliable choices when it comes to outdoor furniture. Like wood, there are many good choices when it comes to metal furniture which all come with negatives and benefits.

 

Steel

Steel furniture is heavy and hard meaning it won’t blow about in the wind and also won’t be easily dented and damaged. A downside to the weight though is that it is not easily moved around by you. Plain steel can easily rust when exposed to the elements, so it is best if you choose galvanised or stainless steel for your furniture.

 

Wrought Iron

Out of all of the furniture materials, wrought iron is likely the heaviest. Against high winds is where wrought-iron shines due to its weight. A big issue though is that wrought iron is the easiest to rust and is much less water-resistant than other metals. So, when choosing wrought iron, choose one that has had a powder coat to protect it.

 

Aluminium

Aluminium is lightweight and one of the most common materials used for outdoor furniture. Though, due to being lightweight, it can easily be carried away by the wind. On the upside, aluminium is extremely durable and resistant to rust, this means that it can be used by the sea and not be corroded. Aluminium is generally very affordable and requires little to almost no maintenance. Another plus to aluminium furniture is that it usually comes with a protective powder coating or paint. Also, aluminium can be used as a frame for wicker furniture to give it a softer feel and look.