How Do I Choose the Best Patio Rocker?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

Outdoor rocking chairs such as patio rockers are a great way to make the most of your porch or patio, effectively creating another space that can be used for entertaining or simply relaxing at the end of a rough day. When considering the purchase of a patio rocker as well as other patio furniture, it’s important to keep a few things in mind, such as the price and the ease of maintaining those pieces. In order to do this, it is also important to think in terms of the type of materials used to construct the outdoor furniture, as well as the scale and design of the pieces.

Woods such as cedar or teak tend are recommended for outdoor rocking chairs.
Woods such as cedar or teak tend are recommended for outdoor rocking chairs.

With a patio rocker, one of the first factors to consider is the materials used to construct the piece. For something that is more enduring, you will want a rocker made with metal or wood, or possibly a combination of the two. You can also purchase a rocker that is made from some type or hard resin or plastic material, if the idea is to have something that work for a couple of seasons. If you plan on storing the pieces during colder weather, the resin models may work well. Should you plan on leaving the patio rocker in position year-round, a rocker composed of treated wood or metal will be a better option.

Along with materials, think in terms of maintaining the patio rocker from one season to the next. The color in resin rockers is found in the resin itself, meaning there are no worries about peeling or cracking. Metal and wood pieces will need to be repainted or refinished from time to time. If the idea is to keep maintenance to a minimum, the resin rockers may be your best bet.

Style is another factor to consider when buying a patio rocker. Ideally, you want something that will blend in well with the architecture of your patio area. It is possible to purchase rockers and other patio furniture in just about any style, ranging from very casual to very ornate. Try to combine comfort with style for the best result, since the idea is to actually use the furniture as well as make sure the area is visually appealing.

As with many types of purchases, price will also be a factor in which patio rocker you purchase. If at all possible, refrain from buying the least expensive rocker you find, unless it also happens to offer an acceptable level of quality. Delaying the purchase while you set aside a little more money for a quality piece is a better idea than settling for something cheap. In the long run, the effort will be worth it and you’ll have a patio rocker that provides more pleasure as you relax from the pressures of the day.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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