WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
BEFORE YOU BUY
So, you have just moved into your new home or just finished building that new patio you have wanted for a while. For most women (women purchase patio furniture two times more than men) the fun now begins. It’s time to shop for furniture! Where do you start? First, do some research online to see what’s out there, but don’t rely on your internet search to make your final purchase without going out there and actually seeing the patio furniture and trying it out. There are many retailers selling patio furniture. Nearly 60% of outdoor furniture sales come from home improvement and discount stores. Consumers who shop at these retail outlets factor in price as the most important purchasing consideration followed by style and comfort.
If you put style and comfort before price, there are retailers whose specialty centers around casual and outdoor furniture. These retailers are generally more knowledgeable when it comes to design and what furniture selection will best fit your patio style.
In addition to affordability, comfort and style, your personality should be reflected in your choice of outdoor furniture and other accessories.
When selecting your furniture, keep in mind the different materials used to make it; some materials are more durable and long-lasting than others.
If you want that tropical-vibe all year long, you should invest in wicker patio furniture. You do not have to worry about its style being out dated because wicker patio furniture is appreciated by people all around the world. If you live in a rainy or snowy climate, you’ll want to look at vinyl or resin wicker furniture, which has been treated to be water-resistant. Resin wicker furniture will also resist fading and cracking in extreme heat or cold.
For a modern look, buy wicker outdoor furniture sets with boxy, angular shapes. Choose furniture with smooth, rounded edges when you want an antique feeling.
Aluminum is another material used for outdoor furniture. There are two categories: first, aluminum-sometimes called hollow aluminum-is less costly. Second, you have solid cast aluminum which tends to be more expensive but with a good set, can last for 30+ years. Both types are rustproof
Less expensive, aluminum is a lightweight, long-lasting material that can stay out all year-round and it requires little upkeep. Choose the UV-resistant powder coat finish – an insurance against oxidation.
Cast aluminum outdoor furniture is solid, sturdy, lightweight and easy to maintain. Cast aluminum is more expensive but longer-lasting.
In the sun, wood patio furniture does not get hot compared to steel patio furniture. However, is does not stand up well to rain and snow. It is best to keep this type of outdoor furniture indoors during the winter.
Resin Patio Furniture is constructed from weatherproof plastic. It is a long-lasting, eco-friendly alternative to traditional wood. Because the material is supremely resistant to rain, snow, wind and sun, it will retain its coloring and quality for years to come.
Knowing the durability, upkeep and life of your outdoor furniture will help you select the right one for you.