Updated: May 18, 2020
People are asking us why is the outdoor furniture so expensive? Simply put patio furniture is made to withstand the elements, it is made from the finest materials to withstand the blazing sun, the rain and even pests.
Water Proof vs Water Resistance
But can the outdoor patio furniture really withstand water? Most fabric outdoor furniture is water-resistant but not waterproof.
There are indoor foam base cushions and reticulated foam, many manufacturer wants to get the feel of the luxurious indoor cushions and the best material is indoor foam, better quality brands will hen add layers of fluffed polyester fibers for better comfort and wrap it with water resistant shell, this completely protects the inner foam from getting wet, the exterior fabric can get wet, but not the inside of the cushion.
The foam, if not wrapped with water proof cover will hold moisture and takes longer to dry, therefore some manufacturer found the reticulated foam which doesn’t hold water, the water simply flow through it which allows the cushion will dry faster.
How durable is the furniture and how long can it last? Should we plan on buying new set every year? Well it is really comes down to the materials, these materials used for outdoor furniture are the strongest:
Wood is natural and stylish, it looks great and can upgrade the look of your patio, balcony or backyard but it does require high maintenance, in fact you will need to refinish it at least every two years to keep he color and the finish coating.
Wicker furniture is light weight, it is woven from natural materials and PVC, they are easy to carry and move around, woven frames provides a natural look while being as durable as aluminum.
Stainless steel is great for outdoor it has a modern look and it is resistance to corrosion and oxidation, it makes an excellent choice.
Wrought Iron is heavy but it is one of the most durable material and last the longest, many times lasting decades.