How to choose the best outdoor furniture for your climate


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I landscaped your backyard to create the perfect, serene sanctuary—from decorative outdoor stone wall panels that add dimension to the space to charming outdoor plant hangers and baskets filled with lush green. Now, with your oasis complete, you’re ready to host a backyard barbecue and invite guests. But where will your friends and family sit? Choosing outdoor furniture is challenging, especially with the variety of styles and materials available these days. However, one of the critical factors for choosing anything you put outdoors is durability. And when it comes to choosing outdoor furniture, the location and climate of your home should play an important role. Want to know how to choose the best outdoor furniture for your climate? Whether it’s gorgeous, natural red stained teak, acacia wood or lightweight yet durable polyresin plastic, here are some of the features of standard materials for outdoor furniture and how each holds up to weather, climates, and more. Outdoor Furniture Materials and Durable Features To choose the best outdoor furniture for your climate, it’s essential to understand the features of each and how they stand up to each type of weather. Let’s break them all down by common outdoor furniture materials: Aluminum and aluminum is one of the most popular outdoor furniture materials you can find – and for good reason! It is exceptionally durable, and resists moisture and rust much better than other metals. You might even find an aluminum frame underneath a piece of furniture wrapped in wicker resin. If the aluminum is powder coated, it can last longer against the elements. One of the best features of aluminum is that it is lightweight compared to something like steel or wrought iron, making it big enough not to fly off the balcony in high winds and yet be able to rearrange or move into a shed and storage. Wrought iron is made of wrought iron more robustly, even more so than aluminum. While wrought iron can rust in its natural state, bringing to mind old garden benches, today’s modern wrought iron can be treated and sealed with a weather-resistant finish such as powder coating that prevents moisture from penetrating and creating rust. Because wrought iron is very heavy, it is ideal for windy areas and mountainous areas. Its powder coating also allows it to withstand the sun’s rays. Solid steel is an excellent middle ground between aluminum and wrought iron. In essence, this durable metal is lighter than wrought iron. It offers more flexibility when it comes to rearranging or even your guests wanting to bring one another closer together. Unlike aluminum, steel won’t shrink as quickly if you accidentally drop something heavy on a tabletop or arm. In general, steel outdoor furniture is a great choice for rainy areas like the Pacific Northwest and even humid areas like the southern beaches of Florida. Wood besides your metals are wood outdoor furniture pieces. Timeless wooden outdoor furniture with a natural aesthetic is presented in many woods – from pine to cedar to teak. However, not all woods are created equal, and some species are more suitable than others for the climate in which you live. Where pine and cedar are softer woods, shea and teak are incredibly durable and can handle just about anything. Acacia and cedar wood are naturally weatherproof and, if maintained, can last for many years. Resin Wicker Source: Photographee.eu/Shutterstock.com Wicker has made a comeback in recent years, especially for interior design and boho styles. However, wicker outdoors? Yes, this is totally possible. Unlike natural rattan wicker that is prone to rot, spruce wicker (also made of PVC, nylon, or polyethylene) is extremely durable and ideal for putting on a patio. As mentioned earlier, quite often, outdoor resin furniture will have a powder-coated aluminum underlay which makes it relatively solid and sturdy as well. The resin is also very resistant to UV rays, and resistant to fading and cracks in hotter climates. Plus, the non-porous resin material wicks away moisture and water. So if you love the look of bohemian style wicker but need something more durable for your veranda or outdoor space, this could be the material for you! Plastic furniture is very durable and moisture resistant. It will never rot or crack due to temperature extremes and holds up well to salt water and the sun’s UV rays. This is why you see plastic patio furniture on the balconies of sunny beachside hotels and the like. And if you are concerned about the aesthetic quality of plastic outdoor furniture, don’t worry! Today, you can find many types of recycled plastic that are similar to wood or metal. Mosaic outdoor furniture can bring a Mediterranean feel to your backyard or patio space. Whether it’s a spacious dining table or a small table, handcrafted mosaic tiles can be anything from stone to marble to terra cotta and are beautiful yet somewhat delicate. This is just something to consider. However, mosaic tiles can be inlayed and applied to a variety of materials listed above. Sometimes just the base frame is what you need to think about, so stick with something heavy-duty like aluminum, steel, or iron. Consider a high-quality mosaic table that has a sealant that protects the porous grout between each tile from cracking. Otherwise, rain is a major cause for concern. What does the climate of your home look like? Now that you understand how each popular material of outdoor furniture holds up, you should be able to make the perfect choice for your backyard or patio space. Do you live in the Pacific Northwest where it rains a lot? Consider something more durable and strong like aluminum. For colder climates like the Northeast, choose outdoor furniture that is made of wrought iron and powder-coated that can handle snow. Do you live in sunny Florida? Consider a set of recycled plastic chairs or tiki bars for beachfront bungalows. Whatever you choose, proper maintenance is key – especially when it comes to natural woods. Be sure to take excellent care of your outdoor furniture and it will last a lifetime.


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