Outdoor furniture comes in a wide range of materials such as aluminum, cast aluminum, iron, wrought iron, wood, recycled plastic, wicker, resin and PVC and can also be a combination of these materials. Based on the type of outdoor furniture you have purchased, its age, quality, how it has been maintained as well as the amount of use it has seen, there will come a time when you will have to replace it. Since there are different factors to consider, there is really no set timeframe as to when to replace outdoor furniture.
Here are some of the unique points and characteristics of every material:
- Aluminum and cast aluminum patio furniture do not rust.
- Wicker is sturdy and with the right maintenance, can last for years without any trouble
- Recycled plastic and PVC furniture is light and easy to maintain
- Wrought iron is heavy and sturdy but if not painted and finished well, will rust or deteriorate easily
- Solid wood will have to be sanded down and polished at least once a year. It should be kept covered or shielded from the sun.
- Resin is long-lasting but should not be directly exposed to the sun, rain and hail.
How long will outdoor furniture last?
High-quality furniture is designed to last for many years. It is created to handle the different elements of nature so there would be no need for you to change it from time to time, especially with the proper maintenance. Based on the materials it is made of, some outdoor furniture can be varnished, painted, polished, sealed, and power coated for it to look good and to last long.
What are the things you should consider?
If your metal furniture has iron in it, expect that it will rust. Low-quality steel and wrought iron outdoor furniture may rust because the proper coatings to protect it from moisture are not applied.
When wood patio furniture is constantly exposed to sun, rain and hail, it can also degrade over time. The material tends to contract and expand, and it may also crack the furniture.
The big question now is: how do you know when it is time to replace your outdoor furniture?
The answer is simple: if you notice excessive rust, too much wobbling or creaking noises when you sit on it, or even tears and breaks in the weave, then it is high time to consider a replacement of outdoor furniture.
While it is true that you can repair damaged furniture or you can powder coat or repaint it to fix, you still have to consider the fact that you might need more than just one appointment to have it fixed. If that’s the case, then you are better off buying new patio furniture.
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