Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Various Types of Patio Furniture Material

Buying outdoor patio furniture is an investment in your outdoor living enjoyment and can add to the ambiance you have when you’re enjoying time on the deck, in the backyard or around the swimming pool. When it comes to furniture, there are many options from which to choose ranging from wicker to rattan to steel or aluminum and each brings with it its own benefits and drawbacks. The most important thing to look for in outdoor patio furniture is how long it will last. One way to extend the life of the furniture and protect your investments is through the use of patio table covers and patio furniture covers. 

Patio furniture material will impact not only the durability but will reflect your own personal style. Aluminum or steel patio furniture are two great choices as they are durable and are able to withstand the weather elements as well as chlorine from swimming pools. They also don’t require much maintenance other than light cleaning and checking to make certain nothing rusts. Steel patio furniture will need to be cleaned regularly – as will any type of patio furniture – to keep it from rusting or rotting. 
A popular choice for patio furniture for decades has been wicker because it’s beautiful, strong and sturdy. It requires cleaning and maintenance to keep it viable for many years and may need to be re-stained or re-painted to keep it looking fresh and new. With proper care and cleaning it will be viable for decades.
Rattan furniture has long been a classic for people looking to embrace a tropical feel for their patios and outdoor living spaces. This furniture is usually dipped and stained before it’s sold. You will need to keep it clean and dry between uses and will likely have to reapply stain at some point during the time you own it. When buying your outdoor furniture, you will want to look at the types and styles of accessories you can purchase to enhance the living space. There are items available that range from side tables to chairs, couches, lamps, coolers and more. 

The cushions you use on your patio furniture will help reflect your lifestyle and personal taste. Choose cushions that are of easy to clean materials and quick dry materials because you will want have it dry out between uses.  Some cushion materials are more prone to fading when left out in the sunshine and subjected to bathing suits so you may need to replace your cushions more often.