If you are considering aluminum furniture, you are making a wonderful and nearly maintenance free choice for your outdoor or indoor casual spaces. There are two basic types of aluminum furniture–extruded and cast. Extruded aluminum is typically a lighter weight product because of its hollow tubular construction. On the flipside, cast aluminum is heavier because of its solid construction. Because of the nature of aluminum and its ease of mold ability, both extruded and cast aluminum can be made with interesting and intricate details. Styles in this category range from contemporary to tropical to traditional. Different manufacturers offer a variety of paint finishes and colors, many of which include final UV protecting topcoats.
Over the years, Wicker has been astaple in casual furniture and is as timeless as ever. Natural wicker can still be found in the market today but the majority of "wicker" furniture is actually synthetic and made of resins or vinyl. The result is the look of natural wicker, just like your grandparents had, but with much greater durability and less maintenance. High quality synthetic wickers have built in UV Protection to keep the color from fading as natural wicker would. Also, because these pieces are made of resins and/or vinyl products, you won't have to worry about your furniture drying out and becoming brittle. Today's wicker comes in a variety of colors, styles, and weaves to fit everyone's taste.
A great option for any furniture is wood. As a natural product, it complements virtually any outdoor setting. Various woods are commonly used to manufacture outdoor furniture including eucalyptus, teak and Brazilian cherry. Teak is probably one of the best options when it comes to wood patio furniture because of its strength and durability. Both teak and eucalyptus start out a warm red-brown and age to a lovely soft grey patina.
The patina can be slowed and prevented by applying oil annually. Wood is absolutely affected by the weather, sun, etc. so it is important to know how to care for and maintain your wood furniture. Ask any one of our Lifestyle team members for more details.
A classic choice often with vintage styling is wrought iron. An important feature of iron furniture is its weight. If you live in an area with lots of wind, you don't have to worry about this furniture going anywhere. You also get a very classic and traditional look at a nice price.