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Best Weatherproof Patio Furniture Material?

Jdmalibu 790 688 June 10, 2011 at 04:50 PM in Best (2)
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Hello,

I am looking at buying a patio dining set. In the past I have been careless with my outdoor items. So I would like to know what material is best for carefree patio sets. It looks like resin wicker may be a good choice. A friend of mine just bought an aluminum set with tile table tops, and he said that is was rust proof. Also on vacation once I found some sets made out of composite decking material like TREX.

Could anyone recommend a set, or material that would work for me?

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Aluminum works good, we've had a set for a couple years. It's a black all aluminum finish, looks like wrought iron, no marks or evidence of weathering at all on the table or chairs. We thought about getting one of the ones with tiles, but since the tiles can break easily we went with the all aluminum.
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If you are getting material on the seats - sunbrella is one of the best choices for outdoor use - it's one of the reasons they use it on boats - because it can withstand the weather outdoors - although the sunbrella that cushions are made of - is not the same as the canvas for boating sunbrella - it is still excellent material for cushions and/or umbrella's for patio's. If someone in your family knows how to sew - this is able to be purchased at fabric stores as well.
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Quote from Jdmalibu View Post :
Hello,

I am looking at buying a patio dining set. In the past I have been careless with my outdoor items. So I would like to know what material is best for carefree patio sets. It looks like resin wicker may be a good choice. A friend of mine just bought an aluminum set with tile table tops, and he said that is was rust proof. Also on vacation once I found some sets made out of composite decking material like TREX.

Could anyone recommend a set, or material that would work for me?
We live in FL on the intracoastal waterway.... this place should be ground zero for patio furniture testing, it's brutal here! We have done them all over time, our patio furniture comes and goes at record speed!
Aluminum with 10 yr warranties lasts for 18 months, it is rust proof of course but the anodized coating flakes off and the aluminum goes powdery where it isn't coated. The whole set looks like hell when this starts.
Avoid Trex products as it has about 30% wood in it (sawdust) it swells when wet but all the other all-plastic stuff should be very good, but be warned it's heavy. The plastic wicker holds up well but has a steel frame that eventually will rust. All-resin is good when you get the heavy duty stuff but sooner or later gets powdery when in direct sun - your ass turns white.
We eventually ended up with teak - should have avoided all that other junk and saved some money but "live and learn" right? Easy to clean, teak should last a lifetime - it looks good either oiled or natural. We have a dining set for 6, two rockers and 2 cocktail tables of varying ages and all look new. We developed a motto "buy quality - once".
Look on ebay.

Here is a video of the dining set - video is about something else (turn down the sound) but this teak set is 8yrs old and sees hard use with all the sloppy friends we have.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD...playnext=1
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Last edited by Spartanicus June 17, 2011 at 01:01 PM
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Look for aluminum, powder coated metal, poly (plastic).
I have a cheapo set i got from Ollies several yrs. ago. It is powder coated steel and it still looks damn nice. I think you can buy it in a spray can to touch up, cause it will wear after weather.
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Quote from Jdmalibu View Post :
Hello,

I am looking at buying a patio dining set. In the past I have been careless with my outdoor items. So I would like to know what material is best for carefree patio sets. It looks like resin wicker may be a good choice. A friend of mine just bought an aluminum set with tile table tops, and he said that is was rust proof. Also on vacation once I found some sets made out of composite decking material like TREX.

Could anyone recommend a set, or material that would work for me?
Technically only iron RUSTS so while aluminum may corrode, it is completely rust-proof. =p

My grandparents have some patio furniture made out of recycled pvc, (looks like greyish/off-white plastic) it gets salt mist and lots of UV exposure (St. Augustine, Florida) and it has held up in great condition for over a decade now.
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