Patio Furniture

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Homeowners spend a lot of time on the patio with friends and family. But if you don't have the right outdoor patio furniture, hanging out can be an uncomfortable experience for everyone. If you can't decide between a wrought iron or an aluminum patio set, here's a bit of information to help your decision along.

Aluminum Patio Furniture

Aluminum patio furniture is constructed by pouring melted aluminum into moldings. This type of outdoor patio furniture is an economical solution for any patio area. Modern aluminum furniture sets are durable and distribute body weight efficiently. Aluminum patio furniture sets can be used in any climate, and they are rust- and corrosion-resistant.

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Although aluminum patio furniture stands up to most weather conditions, it is very lightweight. So in instances of extreme wind, the furniture should be stored in a shed, garage or other indoor area to prevent it from blowing around and damaging surrounding structures. Aluminum is a very abundant metal, so it tends to be far more affordable than other types of outdoor furniture. Though aluminum patio sets are made from metal, they are very comfortable.

Aluminum patio furniture is low-maintenance; it only requires periodic cleaning with a gentle brush and a mild solution of detergent and water. Mineral oil can be applied to the furniture to help it maintain its luster.

Wrought Iron Patio Furniture

The beauty of wrought iron patio furniture is undeniable, as it can give any outdoor space a traditional look and feel. Wrought iron outdoor chairs and furnishings are heavy duty and more expensive than aluminum furniture. But if wrought iron is cared for properly, it can last for many years.

Wrought iron patio furniture is prone to rusting when the paint chips off, exposing the bare metal. If rusting does occur, sand down the rusted area, then touch it up with paint.

Caring for wrought iron outdoor furniture is easy; simply wash the pieces periodically using a mild detergent, water and a medium-firmness brush. Adding a light coat of car wax once a year can help the patio furniture maintain its brilliant shine. Also, as an alternative to aluminum and wrought iron, wicker furniture is both comfortable and attractive.

Discount patio furniture is readily available in a multitude of styles, in both iron and aluminum. To prolong the life of metal outdoor furniture, cover the pieces with patio furniture covers when they are not being used, and store them indoors during the winter months.