To have a patio or deck (or both!) is truly a sweet blessing. It serves as your second living and dining room, where you prefer to stay during summers with your friends over. Barbecue somehow tastes better when it’s grilled outside, and your ice-cold drinks seem more refreshing with the breeze gently sweeping over your face.
But as functional and lovely outdoor living areas are, they require a lot of upkeep, and choosing furniture for them takes superb attention to detail. You can’t simply opt for the cheapest ones and claim that they won’t wear fast, because you won’t use them much, anyway.
You’ll get what you pay for in cheap furniture, so don’t be easily enticed by the price tag. Here’s a guide to help you pick the right outdoor furniture material, and how to keep them fresh.
The Best Materials
When going over your material options, consider the rain. Even if they won’t get drenched because of the durable retractable patio shade overhead, moisture would still be around, hence choosing the toughest material is crucial.
For chairs and tables, narrow down your choices to teak, polypropylene, resin wicker, polystone, and aluminum. Below is a brief description of each material:
Teak is no doubt the best type of wood for moisture-prone areas. It’s inherently water-resistant because of its natural high oil content, which acts as a shield against water damage. Furthermore, it has a tight grain that prevents water from seeping through it.
Like teak, polypropylene is also impervious to the rain. Mildew and rot don’t stand a chance on it, so it’s certainly durable.
If you love the look of organic rattan but can’t have it due to its poor resistance against rain, turn to resin wicker. It perfectly mimics rattan, but it’s made of braided synthetic materials that are designed to stay fresh even after being soaked.
This molded and sanded stone would make an impenetrable tabletop. Unlike other stones that are porous, polystone doesn’t absorb water, so you can count on it to stay pristine after a storm.
Rust is the worst enemy of metal furniture, but not of aluminum. It has a casing that repels corrosion caused by moisture, making it designed for longevity.
Make a Plan
Before shopping for furniture, make a plan on what function you’d like your patio or deck to have. Is it a living area, a dining area, or both? Planning saves you a lot of bucks from buying furniture that’ll turn out to be unnecessary.
Test the Furniture
Stores allow customers to sit on their furniture displays, so don’t pass the opportunity totest the seats that catch your eye. Comfort should be your priority, so rule out the ones that look appealing, but fall short on coziness.
Weatherproof Your Furniture
Just because you’ve chosen water-resistant materials doesn’t mean you should forego weatherproofing. There’s still sun damage to watch out for; plus, strengthening their already imperishable surfaces will make them last even longer.
Lay a large drop cloth on the floor, then put a furniture in the middle of it. Shake your weatherproofing sealer well, then spray it evenly on the surfaces, positioning it at least 6 inches away. Let it completely dry afterwards, then flip the furniture over to spray on the other side. Note that you may need to wear protective gloves and safety goggles while performing this.
With beauty blending with functionality, your outdoor space will look terrifically cozy and charming, and your furniture will never fail you, no matter how long it’s already been since you bought them.