Patio Furniture Material Guide

Patio Furniture Material Guide

Patio Furniture Material Guide

You know that outdoor furniture comes in various shapes and sizes, but it also comes in different types of materials. Look through some of the most common materials to make it easier to decide on your next patio furniture purchase. Each material serves a specific purpose, making it easy to make a decision.

Wrought Iron

Coastal storms can lead to a lot of rain in New Jersey, so many people like the durability of wrought iron patio furniture. Sturdy and durable, wrought iron furniture easily withstands the elements, so you don’t need to store the furniture during hurricane season. Of course, if you can bring it inside, it will last even longer.

While it easily stands up to the elements, wrought iron furniture that isn’t powdercoated can rust. You also need to be careful when handling the furniture. Bumping chairs together or scraping the furniture on concrete can damage the coating.

If your wrought iron furniture shows signs of wear, tear, and rust, sand the area away, prime it, and paint it. Then, it will look like new again. Since it’s so easy to repair, you can pass your wrought iron patio furniture down from one generation to the next.


It can get windy during hurricane season, so some people are afraid to choose lightweight furniture made of aluminum. However, using something like Clear QuakeHold! Gel will keep your furniture in place during the windy season, so don’t be afraid to go lightweight.

Because aluminum is so lightweight, it is easy to move around. It’s also really easy to clean. Just wipe it down and forget about it.

On top of that, aluminum is corrosion resistant. That means you can expect to hold onto your aluminum patio furniture for years to come.


Composite patio furniture is becoming one of the most popular choices out there. Lightweight and durable, it is also eco-friendly when made from recycled materials. This material is resistant to the weather, so you can leave your furniture outdoors all year long without any worries.

Best of all, composite furniture is low maintenance. You don’t need to paint or stain it, and cleaning it is a breeze. Simply wipe the furniture down if it gets dirty. Then, it will look like new.


Wood is one of the most popular options for outdoor patio furniture. Casual and inviting, it is also solid, sturdy, and built to last. In addition, it doesn’t absorb heat, so you can sit outside for hours without having to get up and walk around to cool off.

There are various types of wood available for your furniture. Teak is one of the most popular. People love this material because it doesn’t swell, shrink, rot, or warp. The durability ensures that they can keep their furniture for years and years. In fact, it can last up to 50 years, and it doesn’t have to be stored during the winter. That makes it the best choice if you want wood furniture. You do want to treat teak, or it will turn a gray shade over time, though.

Eucalyptus is another excellent option. It is resistant to insects and moisture, and it is incredibly durable. You will have to refinish it from time to time so it can keep its good looks.

Soft wood, like cedar and pine, are also an option. Only go with sealed or painted options, or they will turn gray. If you choose pine, choose pressure-treated pine.

Synthetic Resin

Synthetic resin, or wicker, furniture is a great choice. It is comfortable, lightweight, and easy to clean. You can use a mild detergent to wash the furniture, and it will look like new again.

If you choose to buy this type of furniture, make sure you get it with all-weather cushions. That way, you can leave it all year long without any worries. Otherwise, you will have to replace your cushions on a regular basis.

Are you ready to brighten up your patio with some new furniture? Ski Barn has everything you could possibly want in new patio furniture. With four fully stocked showrooms located around New Jersey, shopping for patio furniture has never been so easy or fun. Also, we offer in-home consultations, so let us help you pick the patio furniture of your dreams.

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