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How to Choose Outdoor Patio Furniture

By admin On August 11, 2008 Under Garden Furniture

There are many things to consider. Number one is the climate. Of course, if you live in an area where the sun is always out and it rarely rains, then you have little to worry about outdoor furniture that can withstand moisture and water. However, sun can also cause some materials to dry up, especially wood which has the tendency to shrink when it dries up.

On the other hand, if you live in an area where you experience all sorts of weather disturbance from rain to snow to sleet and hail, then you need furniture that can withstand these conditions as well.

If you are looking for quality and affordability in your outdoor patio furniture sets, a good choice is furniture made from cast aluminum. Aluminum patio furniture is economical, solid but lightweight, and rustproof. For those with a tight budget, plastic outdoor patio furniture sets are the easiest on the pocket. They can endure most types of weather but, naturally, they are less durable than wrought iron pieces. Plastic furniture comes in so many colors and styles that while they may not be as not be as good-looking as other pricey furniture sets, they suit most ordinary and simple patio and garden settings.

A common wood used for hardwood patio furniture is Mahogany. This wood has tight grains and is exceptionally hard and durable. Mahogany furniture will not crack, splinter or lose its form. Mahogany can last more than twenty years outdoors, with its natural deep red color turning into soft gray.

Other woods used for hardwood patio furniture are fine-grained honey-colored Alder wood, red Brazilian Cherry, Shorea and Teak wood, known for its extreme weather durability.