Iron is affordable, durable, and strong, making it an ideal material for outdoor furniture, especially if it is expected to have constant exposure to all of the elements of the outdoors. Iron is low-maintenance and heavy, so it can easily stay outside during strong winds, rain, and excessive heat. Much harder than most materials like wood and plastics, iron is a much heavier, stronger, and harder material, meaning furniture made of this material will survive for many years outdoors.
One of the biggest downsides of iron is that it has the tendency to rust and requires consistent maintenance to keep it nice and shiny for many years. If scratched, so you will need to make sure that any cracks are quickly sealed and repainted so that rust does not onset.
Aluminum - Cast, And Extruded
Cast aluminum is aluminum that has been poured into molds and cast to hold a shape. Cast aluminum can be painted a variety of colors and will typically never rust. Cast aluminum is low-maintenance and can last a lifetime. The downside to cast aluminum is the cost. Cast aluminum is generally more expensive than most of its competition; however, the good news is that cast aluminum may be a one-time purchase and requires little maintenance during its lifespan.
Extruded aluminum is hollow and lightweight. Extruded aluminum can be painted and easily moved from one location to another. Because extruded aluminum is so lightweight, it should be brought inside during the potential for heavy winds.
Wooden outdoor furniture can be made from cedar, pine, teak, eucalyptus, oak, and many more. Wood is a long-lasting material that is known for its resilience and durability. One of the advantages of wood is its strength, versatile design, and classic design. Wood also does not hold heat as much as iron or aluminum, which is another one of its advantages if you happen to reside in hotter climates. The disadvantage of wood, however, is its high maintenance.
Wood must be sealed with a finisher so that it can keep as much moisture out as possible, as wood is a very porous material and susceptile to water. If wet, the wood can rot, warp, or lose its color. Water will cause the wood to breakdown faster.
Plastic can be designed to appear with a wood-like design. It can give the appearance of a material that is more luxurious than it actually is. Plastic is affordable, lightweight, and environmentally friendly. Plastic is also waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about bringing the furniture indoors or moving it to a covered area if it rains. The downside to plastic is that it is not durable, so it can be easily broken, cracked, and difficult to clean.
Today, wicker furniture is a method of weaving polyethylene strands to create a knit and woven aesthetic in pieces of furniture. Because these strands are polyethylene, which is a type of plastic, they are very durable in the outdoor elements and will last a long time. Wicker is resistant to natural elements, waterproof, and low maintenance, making it suitable for patios and porches. The tighter the weave, the better the furniture will hold up over time.