Materials Employed in the manufacture of Patio Furniture

by Charlie K Woodward

You might think that there’s not much difference between buying and indoor but you’d be very surprised.

For one thing indoor furniture doesn’t need to be weather proof and for another, indoor furniture needs to fit into your dcor.

Also, the colour of our indoor furniture needs to be much better matched with its surrounding than , which meets hundreds of different colours in nature anyway.

On the other hand furniture does need careful consideration into things like whether it will fade in UV sunlight and whether it needs varnish treatment.

One of the most favoured patio furniture is that of cedar wood.

The list of benefits that this type of wood has over others is almost unending.

The Himalaya mountains and Mediterranean climates are to the cedar tree, where this all-natural furniture material comes from.

The cylindrical structures within the wood’s grain allow rain water to pass straight through it directly to where it’s needed at the roots, which means the wood itself doesn’t get waterlogged and swollen.

The unique smell that comes from cedar wood is caused by the natural resin which it creates to repel insects such as lice which eat and damage the wood.

Another use for the resin is to prevent rotting, making it stronger in damp and warm weather conditions.

Most cedar wood furniture is also treated with a varnish that makes it last even longer in damp weather conditions, stopping the colour from fading in sunlight too.

One of the most recently developed materials used in making patio furniture is recycled plastic or ‘polyresin’ material.

It’s a more modern and much more economically friendly way to have patio furniture, whilst also being able to be made into any colour, size, shape and surface texture.

One advantage of polyresin furniture is that when it gets wet it can simply be wiped dry, whereas wood will often retain some of the rainwater and stay damp.

Polyresin warms up considerably when it’s placed directly in the sun, but the colour of the material never fades due to exposure as others do.

Investing in polyresin furniture means that you are saving trees from being chopped down to make your patio furniture, so your can stay eco-friendly.

For an easy and enjoyable way of recycling polyresin furniture is ideal, it lasts for years and isn’t expensive either.

Aluminium and cast iron patio furniture are also used a lot in both private and public gardens.

Compared to polyresin, the ways in which they are made certainly aren’t green, but the material is the most weather resistant.

Brushed aluminium furniture is scratch free and just as light, if not lighter in weight than polyresin furniture.

This makes it ideal for families of businesses who need to move the furniture around a lot, whereas cast iron is best for those who want to make sure their patio furniture never blows away.

Buyers will find many differences between cedar wood, polyresin, aluminium and cast iron patio furniture and some will be more advantageous than others.

This means that it’s up to you to decide which is best suited to your outdoor patio furniture needs.

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