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What are the Different Types of All-Weather Furniture?

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All-weather furniture is constructed of materials that can withstand constant exposure to the elements. This type of furniture must be resistant to rain, snow, sunlight, rust, rot, and insects. All-weather furniture is typically made from metals such as aluminum or wrought iron. Wicker, oak, cedar, and teak woods are also commonly utilized for outdoor furnishings. All-weather furniture can also be constructed from man-made polyester resin.

Aluminum furniture typically has all of the qualities required for outdoor use. This durable metal will not rust, fade, or rot. It is usually lightweight and can be finished in several different ways. Aluminum all-weather furniture typically consists of a metal frame with a woven plastic seat and back. Some designs feature a painted tubular frame with padded cushions.

Wrought iron has been used for many years to make patio and lawn furniture. Modern versions of this furniture usually consist of a simple frame with padded one-piece cushions. A glass-top wrought iron table and matching chairs are typically utilized for outdoor dining. Like aluminum, wrought iron also resists rust, rot, and fading, but is usually much heavier.

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Wicker is a traditional wooden material used for all-weather furniture construction. This material is generally slow to rot and can be painted, stained, or treated to make it more durable. Synthetic wicker is also available in numerous styles and colors and is typically attached to an aluminum frame. Unlike natural wicker, this man-made material will not fade, split, or rot. Outdoor dining tables and chairs are also constructed of synthetic wicker.

Oak is durable wood that has been utilized in outdoor furniture construction for many years. Red Oak and Chinese Oak are two of the most popular varieties and both are naturally resistant to mildew and insects. Oak can be varnished, stained, or left in its natural state. Red cedar is another all-weather furniture material that is naturally water-resistant. This material has traditionally been used to construct picnic tables and benches but is now available in many different styles. Red cedar is typically utilized in its unfinished color and is a natural alternative to treated wood.

Teak wood is also used in the construction of outdoor furniture and typically lasts for decades. The natural oils in teak wood help to preserve it from rot, mildew, and insects. This wood is typically left in its natural condition, but is sometimes finished with stain, varnish, or paint. Outdoor furniture made of teak wood can be quite expensive, but will probably never need replacing.

Polyester resin is a man-made material commonly utilized for inexpensive outdoor furniture. This furniture is typically lightweight and available in numerous styles, colors, and finishes. Polyester resin is less durable than other materials and can be easily damaged. This material has a tendency to fade, crack, and decompose after prolonged exposure to sunlight.

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