Monthly Archives: December 2010

Living by the Sea? Metal Garden Furniture for All Weather

If you live by the sea, you have to be even more careful when choosing outdoor furniture. One of the problems with wooden patio furniture is preventing decay. The overwhelming majority of what’s on the market is made with cheap pine and no matter how much chemical treatment a softwood like pine undergoes, it just won’t stand up to getting wet repeatedly. It might be good for a year or a couple of years but rarely longer than that. Good quality teak, on the other hand, is really expensive and it also needs protection and maintenance over the years.

Metal garden furniture won’t rot if it gets wet. Rust can be a problem if the metal is left bare, but all our metal patio furniture and garden tables and chairs are treated with zinc to prevent oxidation from occurring and powder coated with special paint to seal the surface. You can safely leave them out in rain, snow, hot sun, and humid weather without a second thought.

Living by the sea means being especially careful about rust. If you see a small scratch on your car, for example, get it repainted immediately if you live on the coast, because the salt water in the air will drastically increase the rate at which rust forms. That doesn’t mean you can’t have metal garden tables and chairs if you live near the sea! Our Oliver series is available in stainless steel that will stand up to the harshest conditions no matter where you are.

We can also help you combat other problems caused by our wet climate. Metal plant stands are a great way of lifting flowers off the ground and away from the danger of waterlogging. Naturally, our plant stands are treated to prevent corrosion too!

Popular Garden Furniture

Whether it is by having barbeques, playing games or just trimming the roses, being in the garden makes everyone feel better. Of course, to relax outside you need some outdoor garden patio furniture. Patio furniture is made from many different materials with the most popular options being plastic, wrought iron, and wicker.

Plastic

Plastic is the most inexpensive garden furniture choice and comes in a good range of sizes and colours. Although the price is attractive, plastic furniture is generally not as aesthetically pleasing as metal patio furniture.  Naturally, plastic doesn’t rust so it is able to stand up to the elements in the short term. However, alternating exposure to cold weather and hot sunshine can eventually make it warp and crack over time.

Wrought iron

Wrought iron furniture is generally the most expensive type of garden furniture but there are reasons why it is worth the extra cost. Wrought iron furniture is heavy and sturdy, and can last for many years. Because of this, wrought iron patio furniture is often a popular outdoor furniture option in hotels and restaurants.

Wicker

Wicker patio furniture is a popular choice because it is quite sturdy without being heavy.  Wicker can quickly be affected by inclement weather so it is not a great choice for unprotected outdoor areas. However, there is resin wicker patio furniture now available which is more weather resistant.

The right outdoor furniture can have a big impact on how much you enjoy your garden, so make sure you choose wisely.

Steel Garden Furniture

Nowadays, most ‘iron’ furniture is actually made from steel because of better durability and weather resistance. Steel has always been a favourite material with many outdoor metal furniture designers. Perhaps because of this, metal garden furniture made of steel is now also a popular choice with consumers. The two main furniture options for consumers to choose from are mild steel and stainless steel:-

Mild steel

Mild steel is a great furniture design material as it can be manipulated into a wealth of different shapes, despite its strength. It has similar properties to wrought iron yet it can be cast into bars, as well as rolled. Because the cast designs can be welded in to bent, twisted and shaped rolled pieces, the design options with mild steel are practically limitless.

Stainless steel

Stainless steel is the term used when standard steel is alloyed with chromium and nickel. The inclusion of chromium and nickel makes the steel rust proof, and therefore ideal for metal patio furniture. The amount of chromium present also dictates the colour of the steel, which can range from dull grey right through to brilliant silver. Stainless steel’s strength make it difficult to cut and grind, so designs are generally limited to contemporary styles involving straight lines.

Before purchasing metal garden furniture, it is worth taking the time to consider which material will be most suitable for your needs. Mild steel may be the best option if you are looking for furniture with beautiful shapes and curves. However, if you prefer more robust furniture with straight or angular designs then stainless steel might be a better choice.