The Best Outdoor Furniture Material

Naturally, the best material for outdoor furniture is going to depend on regional climate, precipitation, use, personal taste and a handful of other factors, but what’s the answer when you strip away all these variables?

Patio furniture is a strange animal. Some people will argue it looks tacky by default – after all, it’s furniture that sits outside. But, when we look past the looks, so to speak, what really stands out is probably going to be its durability and cost. So, those will be our yardsticks for yard furniture as we see how the most popular types of materials measure up.

Aluminum

Aluminum patio furniture can range from very inexpensive to downright spendy, which makes it a very versatile option. The difference in price is reflected in its manufacture, coating, thickness and overall quality.

These factors will also come into play when determining durability. Aluminum may be cast into shape or extruded and bent into shape, but if either is uncoated or not anodized you can count on it to rust.

Cost: Excellent
Durability: Good

Wood

Much like aluminum, wood has a wide range in pricing, although solid-wood furniture is going to cost more than wood composites or fast-growing timber. The cost of wood varies by species, which benefits you because it provides a wide range of pricing options.

The type of wood used will also often determine durability. Some wood types, like teak, are better suited for use in outdoor furniture because of a natural resistance to water. Even so, wood patio furniture should be sealed to further increase longevity.

Cost: Excellent
Durability: Good

Wicker

Real wicker is the name for woven fiber material that is then shaped into furniture, often over a metal frame. Wicker (and rattan) can be very expensive depending on the manufacturer and design, and even modest pieces can come with a significant cost.

Despite its cost, natural wicker does not hold up to the elements well without a protective coating. This is one reason why many people opt for synthetic wicker that gives the same look and a comparable feel with added durability.

Cost: Fair
Durability: Fair

Recycled Material

Patio furniture made of recycled furniture can be pricey, but there are many benefits that come with that expense. It’s an eco-friendly solution to outdoor seating in that it doesn’t require trees to be felled and is often made from discarded post-consumer material.

And, that material happens to be extremely durable. Some manufacturers, like American-made POLYWOOD, create synthetic substances out of recycled material that repel water, bugs, UV light and are easy to clean without worrying about fading.

Cost: Fair
Durability: Excellent

We hope this gives you a better idea about your options when you decide it’s time to upgrade your patio furniture and invites you to vote on your favorite.

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