As we head into the heart of the summer, homeowners nationwide are taking advantage of their backyards for everything from BBQs and dinner parties to children's birthdays and poolside get-togethers. In this case, the most indispensable part of any backyard is patio furniture. With locations in Greece and East Rochester, NY, the outdoor furniture experts at Pettis Pools & Patio are happy to explain the pros and cons of the most popular patio furniture materials.
An Overview of the Top 3 Patio Furniture Materials
This timeless patio furniture choice is classic, durable, and does not absorb heat, making it an attractive choice for patio chairs and chaises. It also has some heft to it, so it will not blow away in a windy area. Depending on how often it’s kept outside, wood patio furniture does require moderate annual maintenance to prevent rot and ensure longevity. Our most popular wood option remains teak. If you like the look of wood but would rather do without the maintenance, check out our furniture from Seaside Casual. Seaside Casual furniture is made from Envirowood, an all weather marine grade recycled HDPE polymer - the kind found in milk jugs. Their furniture is essentially a maintenance-free product. The HDPE material is non-porous and resistant to moisture, fading,
insects, splinting, warping and other hazards of environmental exposure common to wood and wood fiber composite products.
Wrought Iron & Cast Aluminum
Wrought iron patio furniture is also heavy and often more decorative than wood. However, it does comes with limitations. Wrought iron furniture should ideally not be kept near pools or exposed to water, as the metal can rust over time. Furniture should be inspected yearly and touched up when necessary for longevity. Wrought iron furniture is a great choice for upscale patios prone to minimal wear and tear.
Cast Aluminum gives you all the same benefits of the look, intricacy and beauty of wrought iron, but because it’s aluminum it will never rust! In general, cast aluminum is more expensive than wrought iron however.
Similar to wood, wicker furniture is made from smaller plants like bamboo, willow, and reed. The result is a lightweight, easy-going option that can vary dramatically in price, style, and quality. Real wicker cannot be left outside, which is why Pettis carries several options of synthetic wicker products, all durable and made to last outdoors. This material is most commonly found in the wildly popular deep seating options. Something to note; the cushions are also made to be left outdoors!
At Pettis Pools & Patio, customers can choose from a broad range of patio furniture materials, price points, and trends. In addition to their outdoor furniture options, Pettis Pools & Patio installs spas, hot tubs, and in-ground and above-ground pools. Visit the company website for an extensive list of patio furniture offerings, or give the backyard pros a call; dial (585) 392-7711 for their Greece location and (585) 383-0700 for East Rochester.