Aluminium is a lightweight – but surprisingly tough – metal with a stellar strength to weight ratio and corrosion resistance – making it an ideal material for outdoor furniture. Manufacturers maximize corrosion resistance by pre-treating the aluminium extrusions with a chrome conversion coating that deposits a thin layer of chrome on the surface. The treated frame is subsequently coated with an electro-statically applied, powder coat finish. The electro-static application method ensures 100% coverage of the metal’s surface area and provides a consistent and tough finish that far exceeds other conventional paint finishes.
Most patio furniture manufacturers using 304 grade stainless steel – the industry standard for outdoor products.However, as with any item left permanently outside, stainless steel furniture requires regular maintenance to keep it looking new. Before the furniture leaves the factory the welds are ground flush and the surface is polished with Scotchbrite, usually in the long direction of the legs or rails. This provides a smooth, resistant surface that is easy to clean.
All natural wood makes an ideal material for outdoor furniture. As it weathers over time, wood often goes from a honey brown color to a silvery gray. Although woods such as teak can cost more up front, you can actually save money over time when you factor in expenses for annual waterproofing and sealing associated with other woods . Since teak is also an extremely durable and strong wood, a teak patio set owner can expect his or her purchase to last for many years.
Soft to the touch, this remarkable material has many benefits including high suppleness, tear resistance, UV resistance and weather resistance. The polyethylene based, extruded and through-dyed wicker is completely weatherproof as well as being colorfast, extremely hard wearing and easy to clean. The wicker is resistant to chlorine, salt water, tanning lotions and oils.
This weighty material is great for sustaining the high winds that sometimes visit the Coachella Valley. Wrought iron also requires minimal maintenance. Cleaning with mild soap and water, and seasonal touch-up of any scratches, chips or occasional rust seepage from crevices is all that is required. Most wrought iron is powder coated and electro-statically painted. A chip in the paint and a little water can bring about rust, so touch up paint is suggested.