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A Guide to the Best Patio Furniture Materials Out There

Adam Logan

Now that warm weather has finally arrived, we’re ready to get outside as much as possible. Pool, patio, front porch, back deck…I’m good with anything as long as the sun’s out. If you’re thinking about upgrading some of your outdoor or patio furniture, there are a lot of options to choose from, but how do you know what will work best for your setup? With so many different materials available for outdoor furniture, selecting the right pieces for your home may be overwhelming at first. So, we’ve created this guide to help you find the best material for your outdoor space!


Aluminum Patio Furniture

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Aluminum patio furniture is lightweight and easy to move around.

Lightweight and easy to move around, aluminum is a popular choice for outdoor furniture. It comes in a variety of styles and it stands up well against the elements thanks to a powder coating. Just make sure you touch up any chips in the paint to prevent rust and oxidation.

Resin Wicker Patio Furniture

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Resin wicker brings a refined look to your outdoor space.


Long-lasting and more durable than the rattan furniture of yesterday, resin wicker delivers a stylish look that’s extremely durable. A lot of resin wicker patio furniture is UV resistant, but keep in mind you should still store any deep cushions and pillows in an outdoor storage bin to protect them from rain or UV damage. Resin Wicker is easy to care for as well. Simply spray it with water to remove and dirt and let it air dry.


Wood Patio Furniture

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Wood furniture is a classic patio style that will last for years.


Natural wood looks great and will last for years but there are some extra things to consider. Water is your main offender when it comes to outdoor wood furniture. So make sure that you maintain the paint or stain to prevent any damage from mildew or UV rays.


Recycled Plastic Patio Furniture

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Patio furniture made from recycled plastics are extremely durable and require minimal upkeep.


 If you want patio furniture that looks great and requires almost no maintenance at all, recycled plastic is the way to go. You can leave it out year round without having to worry about exposure to the elements. It’s light enough to move around whenever you need to as well. When it’s time to clean, just break out the hose and spay away any dirt or grime.


Wrought Iron Patio Furniture

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Wrought iron patio furniture is tough enough to hold up to any weather and stay put year-round.


There aren’t many materials more durable than wrought iron. With a good powder coating, newer Wrought Iron sets can stand up to the elements. They’re also heavier than most other patio furniture items which means you don’t have to worry about the wind knocking them down. However, this does mean that they’re harder to move around, so make sure that you have a good idea where you’ll want them to be.



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  1. Very nice design. It’s strong enough for solid tables and soft enough for seating. With proper care, teak can last for up to 50 years of regular use. All wood comes with the benefit of not absorbing heat like metal or plastic will, so it’s ideal for sunny days.

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