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How to Choose the Right Material for Your Outdoor Furniture

When choosing outdoor furniture, material matters. The right material for you depends on your budget, aesthetic preferences, and willingness to maintain the furniture. Use this guide to choose the right material for your yard.

Plastic Furniture

Plastic furniture offers several advantages. If you are looking for a low-maintenance option, plastic could be a great option for you. You won’t have to paint or seal plastic furniture, and the material is moisture- and mildew-resistant. Plastic is also very easy to clean and often less expensive than other materials.

Plastic can be made to look like many different materials, and it comes in a wide variety of colors. When purchasing plastic furniture, it’s important to buy from a well-established company. High-quality plastic won’t stain, fade, or wear when exposed to elements like heat, rain, or snow.

Wood Furniture

If you’re willing to invest the time and effort necessary to care for wooden furniture, you’ll find a it to be a sturdy, long-lasting material for outdoor furniture.

Wood offers a beautiful, classic appearance that will last through changing trends and fads. However, wood is also a high-maintenance material. Proper care and maintenance can prevent issues like rot, shrinkage, warping, and fading.

Wood furniture is often more expensive, but the price will vary based upon the type of wood used. Teak and cedar are more expensive, while pine and eucalyptus both provide more budget-friendly options.

Fabric-covered Furniture

All fabric-covered furniture must, by its nature, be fastened onto another material, so you’ll want to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each structural material as well.

Fabric-covered furniture opens up a world of almost endless design options. If you want to bring a personal touch of style to your yard, consider fabric-covered furniture.

Fabric also offers an added physical comfort to furniture. However, it also offers a lot of maintenance concerns.

Outdoor furniture has to endure more than indoor furniture, as such, you should consider the following factors before purchasing fabric-covered furniture.

  • Stain resistance
  • Waterproof material
  • Fade resistance
  • Washing options—machine or hand-wash only
  • Mold/mildew resistance

Great Bay Spa & Sauna offers furniture that won’t suffer premature wear and tear. It’s made to outlast the elements outdoor furniture is exposed to regularly. Check out our outdoor furniture, and contact us with any questions today.

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