Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and it looks like spring is here yet again. Spring is just the beginning of several long warm months filled with barbecues, al fresco dining and pool parties! It’s time to start thinking about your clients’ outdoor spaces. Patio furniture will become the foundation to creating warm and inviting outdoor spaces that will be perfect for entertaining and relaxing on those long summer days.
Many factors contribute to selecting the right patio set including climate, style, durability and material.
One of the more durable options is metal. There are two types available: wrought iron and powder-coated cast aluminum. Of the two types, powder-coated cast aluminum allows for the best durability and least amount of maintenance. It also is more lightweight then wrought iron. Wrought iron is very strong but does require more maintenance. It must be washed and waxed a few times a year to maintain its finish. Which ever you choose, metal outdoor furniture comes in clean, sleek contemporary style as well as transitional and more traditional styles and is a great option for beach homes.
Another option is wicker. Wicker is perfect if you are going for more of a garden or softer look and want the furniture to blend in better with its surroundings. Typically wicker is made from bamboo, cane or rattan. Due to the discomfort of wicker it will almost always be paired with upholstered cushions. Today, most wicker furniture is made from synthetic materials to enhance its weather resistance and durability. If choosing to go with wicker furniture it will last longer if it is kept away from excessive wetness and direct sunlight. It too comes in an array of styles ranging from traditional to contemporary.
A longer lasting option would be to go with real wood, though it can tend to be a little pricier. There is a variety of different woods used for outdoor furniture. The most common woods used are cedar and hardwoods such as teak. To keep wood furniture in good condition it is important to make sure the wood is sealed and treated with special oils throughout its life span. If wood is the right choice for your outdoor space, considering using teak as it has a natural resistance to rain and humidity. It also has a natural resistance to sunlight, leaving it unaffected by ultraviolet light. One disadvantage to teak is that while it may be able to withstand a lot of sun without it effecting its strength or durability, over time the color may naturally change, especially if it is not adequately sealed. Although teak may be one of the highest priced options, it will last a lifetime with minimal maintenance and it is one of the most durable options available. Not to mention that it works great in coastal areas!
This is the perfect time to place your outdoor furniture order. Take a look at some of these great options Design Alliance has to offer. Click each link to discover the beautiful collections that are sure to fit your outdoor needs. Contact Design Alliance for orders and inquires.