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Material Care Durability Rust Proof
Aluminum Minimal
Cast Aluminum Minimal
Steel Medium
Wrought Iron Minimal
Resin Wicker Minimal
Mosaic High
Plastic Minimal
Teak Minimal
Acacia Medium
Shorea Medium
Eucalyptus Medium
Western Red Cedar Minimal
Fir Medium
Sunbrella Minimal
Outdura Medium
Olefin Medium
Polyester Medium

It's no fun lugging heavy furniture around the yard when you have guests, which is why a lot of people choose aluminum as their outdoor furniture material of choice. The light weight of this metal makes rearranging effortless and it also lends durability against rain, so you won't have to worry about rust.

  • Lightweight construction makes it easy to rearrange and store
  • Resists rust and moisture damage better than other metals
  • Powder coating offers added protection against the elements
  • Tubular aluminum, made with cylindrical aluminum tubes, is the most lightweight option
  • Cast and wrought aluminum offer the traditional look of heavy metals, but with higher weather resistance and more manageable weight
Care: Minimal
  • Spray with clear water or a mild soapy mixture to remove dust and dirt
  • Maintain the finish by touching up chips in the paint to avoid oxidation
Resin Wicker

While plant material such as cane and rattan are the traditional materials used to make wicker furniture, the term wicker actually refers to the woven style in which it's made, not the material used. Resin wicker provides the traditional look that you're looking for, but offers the benefit of longer-lasting durability.

  • Lends a traditional, homey feel to your outdoor area
  • Much more durable than traditional wicker material
  • Made with thin strands of weather-resistant polyethylene
  • Most high-end resin wicker is UV-resistant, so it won't fade or crack
Care: Minimal

A perfect fit for any outdoor space, wood provides a casual, natural look that never goes out of style. With many types of wood available, you can choose the perfect look and quality for you.

  • Lends a warm, casual feel to any outdoor space
  • Acacia and cedar offer some natural weather resistance at a great value
  • Teak provides incomparable durability that will last a lifetime if cared for properly
Care: Minimal to Medium
  • Always use coasters, pads or felt to avoid the appearance of moisture rings and heat marks
  • Excessive humidity may cause warping
  • If sealed with varnish or stain, clean with a mild soapy water mixture to remove dirt, dust and pollen
  • If painted wood, avoid exposure to moisture, clean with a damp cloth
  • For untreated wood, keep out of rain and direct sunlight to preserve quality – clean with lightly damp cloth

Plastic and recycled plastic can be made to look like a variety of other materials to provide your outdoor space with a highly attractive setup that perfectly suits your style, but needs little to no maintenance.

  • Stands up to outdoor elements with no need for sealants and varnish
  • Resistant to moisture – won't produce mildew or rot
Care: Minimal
Wrought Iron

A material prized for its hefty weight and sturdiness, wrought iron has been used for thousands of years to create high-quality furniture options that can stand the test of time. While somewhat vulnerable to the elements, wrought iron is now being treated with finishes such as powder-coating to seal out moisture and lend a long-lasting quality to your furniture.

  • Heavy weight keeps it firmly in place with no threat of being blown over
  • Provides long-lasting stability
  • Lends a traditional, high-end look to your outdoor space
  • Now being powder coated to further protect from moisture
Care: Medium
  • Clean with a damp cloth to remove dirt and dust
  • If you spot rust, clean with mild soapy water, sand the area, then seal with similarly colored paint

Steel provides a heavy-duty strength and stability that you won't find in other lighter-weight metals. As long as the powder-coated finish is immediately treated for chips and scratches, steel furniture can be a great, long-lasting investment with little maintenance needed.

Outdoor Steel Furniture

  • Its hefty weight gives it a sturdy, long-lasting construction
  • Will not dent as quickly as a lightweight aluminum
  • Powder coating helps protect from moisture to prevent rust
  • Classic look lends a clean, sophisticated look to your space
Care: Medium
  • Spray down frame with clear or soapy water to wash away dust and pollen
  • Immediately treat chips in the finish to limit exposure to the elements
  • Apply a clear coat of liquid car wax at least once a year to protect finish

Featuring richly colored tabletop patterns using hand-laid tiles of slate, terra cotta or marble, mosaic patio dining sets offer a truly unique and eye-catching look that your space is sure to benefit from.

Outdoor Mosaic Furniture

  • Beautiful colors and intricate designs lend an eye-catching accent to your space
  • Provides not only function, but also a lovely piece of art to your space
  • Choose from slate, marble, or terra cotta tiles
  • Frames can be constructed of aluminum, steel or iron
  • High-quality sets will be coated in a sealant to protect from the elements
Care: High, variable
  • Clean with a damp cloth to remove dust and pollen
  • If mosaic is not sealed, keep out of extreme temperatures and rain to prevent cracks in the grout
  • Use a table cover when not in use to lengthen lifespan
  • Treat chips in frame finish to avoid rusting

The addition of fabric and fabric-covered cushions to your patio furniture set helps to create a comfortable and stylistically attractive environment that you and your guests can enjoy. High-quality outdoor furniture usually includes fabrics that are at least somewhat weather and mildew resistant. There are three different types of fabric that you may come across – solution-dyed acrylic, solution-dyed olefin, and polyester.

Care: Medium
  • Extend the life of any fabric by keeping it free of dirt and dust
  • Shake or rinse cushions periodically
  • Spot clean with mild soapy solution
  • Ensure fabric is completely dry before storing to prevent mildew
  • Flip cushions often for even wear and sun exposure
  • The softest of all outdoor fabrics
  • UV resistant to keep colors looking bright
  • Wicks away moisture and is resistant to mildew
  • Available in a wide array of beautiful colors
  • The most durable and long lasting of all outdoor fabrics
  • Available in unique and interesting textures
  • UV-resistant to keep from fading
  • Perfect for outdoor use, as it is mildew and rot resistant
  • Generally less expensive than acrylic
  • The least expensive of outdoor fabrics
  • Very durable and long lasting
  • Stain resistant and easy to clean
  • Available in an unlimited variety of color and patterns
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