Choosing The Best Material For Your Outdoor Patio Furniture For Your Climate

If you recently purchased your first home and are soon going to be shopping for some outdoor patio furniture, then you are likely wondering what material will best hold up in your climate. You are right to be considering all of the various options because some materials are better for hot and dry climates while others are better for cold and dry areas. To this end, here is some information on each available option to help with your decision:

Plastic Patio Furniture

If you are looking for inexpensive patio furniture to get you by for a few years until you can invest in something higher in quality, then plastic patio furniture will fit your needs. Plastic patio furniture will stand up better if it is placed indoors when not used because it will blow around your yard and can be damaged by excessively hot or cold temperatures. However, plastic furniture works well in high-humidity areas because it does not mold or absorb the excess water.

Synthetic Resin Patio Furniture

If you like the classic look of wicker or rattan patio furniture, then pieces made of synthetic resin are a good choice. Synthetic resin furniture is commonly made of two different materials:

  1. polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  2. high-density polyethylene (HDPE)

PVC is not as stable as HDPE and will break down more quickly in the hot sun or excessive rain and snow conditions. For this reason, if you opt for synthetic resin furniture, then you should select pieces made of HDPE.

Aluminum Patio Furniture

A bit more expensive than plastic or resin furniture but cheaper than wrought iron or teak is aluminum patio furniture. Aluminum patio furniture is excellent for humid climates because it is mold and mildew resistant and doesn't absorb moisture. However, aluminum patio furniture is not ideal in areas with high wind because it is too light and will blow around.

Wrought Iron Patio Furniture

Wrought iron patio furniture is a classic and will last for decades if you take good care of it. Wrought iron is suitable for all climates and will not blow around in the wind, but it also needs to be regularly monitored for rust and sealed to prevent its growth.

Teak Patio Furniture

Finally, you can opt for teak outdoor patio furniture for your new home if you are looking for a natural wood product that will last for decades with little maintenance. While teak furniture is generally some of the highest priced, it will withstand winds, rain, snow, and can bake in the sun year after year without any damage. Teak is a very hard wood and is impervious to weather damage and the expansion issues possible in very humid climates. 

Visit a furniture dealer, like Think Outside... The Outdoor Great Room Store, for more ideas.