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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 18:45

Aluminum versus Wrought Iron Outdoor Patio Furniture

The choice is yours and we want you to be knowledgeable when you are searching for outdoor furniture to fit your deck, lanai, porch, or veranda. In the outdoor casual furniture industry there are several materials that make great options for patio furniture.

Aluminum and Wrought Iron are the two metal materials most commonly used in outdoor patio furniture.

Aluminum outdoor patio furniture is often lighter weight, whereas wrought iron furniture has considerable weight. Keep the weight factor in mind if you foresee frequently re-arranging pieces.

Aluminum outdoor patio furniture requires minimal maintenance, needing only an occasional rinsing with water to remove dirt or debris. Wrought iron needs light maintenance, and periodic wiping with diluted dish soap. To help protect wrought iron from rain, apply a spray wax once or twice a year. Over time, wrought iron furniture also may chip or scratch. It is best to cover or relocate wrought iron furniture during inclement weather, or extremely cold or hot temperatures. This will help to reduce potential damage and possible maintenance.

Aluminum and wrought iron are durable materials for different reasons. Aluminum is resistant to corrosion and rust, holds up well to outdoor elements and lasts a lifetime. Aluminum furniture is finished with a powder coat finish, which lends to its long-lasting quality. Powder Coat Finishes are offered in a variety of colors to enhance your outdoor space. Although wrought iron is susceptible to rust and corrosion, its heavy weight makes durable.

At Elegant Outdoor Living in Sarasota, Naples, Bonita Springs, and Fort Myers we highly recommend powder-coated aluminum outdoor furniture in our area and for any home located on the coasts. We have a very high content of salt in our air and high levels of humidity that will eat away at non-powder coated furniture and accessories.

Outdoor aluminum furniture is the better choice for unique design and style. Aluminum pieces are made from liquid material poured into sand casts, which are molded into new designs. The freedom to create new molds allows for intricate detailing, which often is not found in wrought iron. Wrought Iron typically has a very traditional look.