Durability of Aluminum
A nice outdoor furniture set can turn a drab outdoor patio into a lounge, a
dining area, or even an office! Unfortunately, when you make the decision to
transform your patio into a new oasis, you’re faced with a seemingly endless
array of materials, shapes, and sizes of furniture for outdoor use. Of all the
choices, perhaps the most important is the type of material you want to
use-aluminum, wrought iron, plastic, or wood.
While all have their benefits and drawbacks, aluminum boasts an unparalleled
combination of aesthetics, corrosion-resistance, and durability. When it comes
to outdoor products, durability is obviously a concern. In addition to
individuals inevitably being harder on furniture when its outdoors, you also
must consider the damaging effects of the elements on the furniture.
When you consider that commercial jets are manufactured from aluminum, it’s
not much of a stretch to assume that aluminum is pretty strong stuff. In fact,
its strength to weight ratio is virtually unparalleled. Thus, while you may find
similar strength and durability with wrought iron for example, the wrought iron
will be significantly heavier and less convenient to use.
Plastic, on the other hand, is similarly durable and lightweight yet has its
own set of drawbacks. Chief among these drawbacks is the relatively cheap look
of plastic when compared to aluminum. If aesthetics is not a concern, plastic
may be fine. However, if you want to ensure your patio reflects a concern for
style, aluminum may be the best bet.
Several types of wood are also popular for outdoor furniture yet they
also have distinct disadvantages to aluminum. While wood is undoubtedly stylish
and often lightweight, it is far more susceptible to corrosion and damage than
aluminum. Though you can combat the elements by applying a quality
weatherproofing agent, you’ll often have to reapply the weatherproofing several
times over the life of the product to ensure it lasts. On the other hand,
aluminum features a natural oxidation that helps protect it from surface damage.
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