With outdoor furniture, durability has to be the top consideration.
(PRWEB) October 07, 2012
HomeThangs.com – the Home Improvement Super Store has made their goal to deliver the right product to the consumer, with that in mind, shopping and home design tips, as well as special product selections are being introduced.
There are a lot of different kinds of patio furniture out there, and not all of them are created equal. From simple plastic deck chairs to fancy-hotel style outdoor day beds, style, quality, and price can all vary quite a bit. The choices are a little overwhelming. HomeThangs.com Introduced a quick buyer’s guide to patio furniture to help consumers make the right choice - know what will look right, last a long time, and cost something reasonable.
1) Durable Materials
a) New Twists On Classic Materials
With most indoor furniture, style comes first – a chair is a chair, and one can more or less pick one just by the look of it. But outdoor furniture is different for the simple fact that it has to contend with the wear and tear of the elements. That means that durability needs to be a top consideration, even above price. A bargain bin plastic patio chair might only cost about $20 or $30, but with regular use as well as sun, heat, pool water, and other weathering it might not even last a season. Something like the Verona Dining Set by Caluco not only looks much nicer, but is made of resin wicker over a powdered aluminum frame for maximum weather resistance and durability.
Resin wicker is a flexible, synthetic material that resembles natural wood wicker, but is spectacularly weather proof. Unlike natural wicker, resin wicker won’t become brittle, crack, or fade over time – it holds its color and supple texture even with exposure to extreme heat, cold, dryness, and moisture. Coupled with a powdered aluminum frame – which is both lightweight and completely rust-free – and stain-free, water-resistant Sunbrella fabric cushions, and such a furniture set will last a lifetime.
b) Smarter Wood = Better Wood
Choosing patio furniture made of durable materials has a huge impact on the way it will look, especially over time. In fact, even choosing one type of wood over another can make a big difference. While some woods crack and fade over time, patio furniture made of ipe or teak are naturally denser and more water resistant. And while something like the Teak 5 Piece Outdoor Dining Set by Caluco will naturally fade and gray over time, it won’t splinter, warp, or split the way other woods will. That means that not only will it look better over time (aged rather than worn), but it will also last a lot longer.
2) Pieces That Are Easy To Clean
Just like durability, maintenance is another important quality to look for in patio furniture. Even the nicest materials will degrade over time if they’re not properly cared for, so it is important to realize how much time can be dedicated to keep the patio furniture in prime condition. Even weather-resistant woods like teak should be re-sealed at least once a year, and while powdered aluminum and resin wicker won’t rust or fade, they can stain, so it is recommended to keep them dry. All of Caluco’s outdoor furniture uses patented Sunbrella fabric cushions that are highly water and stain resistant, but should still be wiped down and dried off after use to prevent the growth of mildew.
A sling-back patio set like the Venice Lounge Set by Caluco requires almost no mainteneance. It uses the same Sunbrella fabric, but without any padding to worry about, so if it gets wet, the liquid will run right off and dry quickly. Plus, it’s made with embedded color that won’t fade, and has a stain and soil resistant coating so, at worst, it has to be wiped down with soapy water. Combined with a rust-proof powdered aluminum frame, this is a patio set practically takes care of itself.
3) Personal Needs to Keep in Minds
a) Available Space
While style seems most important for most people, available patio space is crucial when choosing patio furniture. A too-large set can easily overwhelm a small patio, whereas not quite enough can make the space look a little empty. Outdoor sectional sets, like Mirabella Sectional Set by Caluco, for example, can be bought in pieces and combined to work in just about any size space.
b) How (And Who) is Entertained
Another important thing to keep in mind is how many people are likely to use the furniture and how often. If you most of entertaining is out of doors when weather permits, a lot of seating is a requirement. With an outdoor kitchen a big dining table and chairs are a must, to accommodate all the guests in one space while grilling.
c) Climate Matters
In a place that’s really hot in the summer, really cold in the winter, or very wet or dry any time of year, it is recommended to find a patio set made of something to withstand the area’s extremes – or at least one that folds, stacks, or is otherwise small enough to store in the off season, like the San Michelle Sectional Set by Caluco, for example. As well, in an area that gets a salty sea breeze, it is important to avoid any metal that can rust, especially wrought iron. Humid areas aren’t as good for wood and hot, sunny areas are hard on plastic.
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