Materials range in price, depending on the type of wood, but the most common are teak, cedar, and eucalyptus. Each one will weather to a beautiful silver-grey patina if left untreated, and they each come with their own pros and cons.
Famous for lasting from one generation to the next, teak naturally contains oil that repels water and resists cracking and warping. The Canyon Teak Seating Set and Wildwood Seating Collection are beautiful teak options that will provide outdoor entertainment space for generations to come. Teak products last longer than other materials, so its longevity comes with a higher price tag.
If you’re looking for the weathering effect of teak at a more affordable price, consider eucalyptus. It’s a tropical hardwood like teak and has natural oils that prevent the wood from warping and cracking. Although eucalyptus is able to repel insect, water, and moisture decay, it cannot prevent damage completely. The average lifespan for eucalyptus is 25 years.
Another budget-friendly option is cedar, most commonly known for its distinctive scent that is pleasant to humans while repelling insects. Cedars fibers are lightweight and resist rot and cracks, making it an excellent option for both humid and dry climates. If maintained properly, cedar can last 20 years or more.
Long lasting, low maintenance, and natural beauty are prime reasons why wood is a classic choice.
Most outdoor furniture contains some type of metal component, from aluminum and wrought iron to stainless and powder-coated steel. Iron pieces tend to be heavier than their wood counterparts, meaning they are sturdier in windy climates, and many come with wheels to make rearranging easier. For damp climates, look for powder coating or aluminum options, as both are rust proof.
When it comes to wicker, it’s best to go with synthetic rather than natural for outdoor settings. Natural wicker is plant-based, so it doesn’t hold up to the elements. A better outdoor option is synthetic wicker, which resists stains, chips, scratches, as well as fading from UV exposure. Our Cabo Sectional Set is an example of contemporary design with deep seats for extended relaxation, which can also be removed for cleaning. Since wicker tends to be lightweight, these pieces are easier to move around and maintain.
In addition to foundational materials, it’s important to consider accompanying cushions for any seating sets you wish to add, so give them a test run in person to ensure they meet your comfort requirements. For added flexibility, look for cushions that can be easily detached from the furniture and, ideally, have a zipper enclosure. Being able to remove cushions allows you to flip and rotate them to ensure even wear, and if the cover needs to be removed – whether to replace or provide a deeper cleaning – all you have to do is unzip and treat.
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