When shopping for outdoor furniture one of the most important things to consider is the material. It should withstand common outdoor conditions ranging from extreme temperatures to exposure to pests and insects. Outdoor furniture made using the “wrong” material is bound to fade, peel, crack, or rot prematurely.
Given the personal investment that goes into leading outdoor furniture brands like Tortuga Outdoor, you should be sure of the outdoor furniture material you are buying. With a little research you’ll realize that different materials for outdoor furniture vary in terms of looks and durability.
Most outdoor furniture is made using powder coated aluminum, teak wood, or resin wicker. To select the best outdoor furniture material for your home, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the differences between these materials. Below we will touch on each of these patio furniture materials to help you choose the best one for you.
The first thing to know about resin wicker is that it’s highly durable and regarded as one of the best materials to use for outdoor furniture. This is because unlike regular rattan or wicker, resin wicker is water, UV, fade, and crack resistant. Plus, it is much less likely to degrade than other options.
For centuries, natural plant materials like reeds, palm stems, and vines were used to make baskets, trays, chairs, and all manner of products. Resin wicker emulates that same handwoven style using synthetic polyethylene fiber. Doing so allows furniture pieces to have that coveted natural look without all the hassle and upkeep of organic material. Resin wicker is commonly used over aluminum frames when making lightweight outdoor furniture.
Sea Pines 5pc Outdoor Wicker Seating Set
Sea Pines 6pc Outdoor Wicker Loveseat Set
That’s why at Tortuga Outdoor you’ll find a variety of furniture collections crafted from this high-end material. From our Sea Pines collection that comes in three beautiful wicker colors, to our Rio Vista collection that has a more tropical touch, each set brings that same world class beauty and comfort to your home.
Check out our wide assortment of wicker furniture pieces and discover the set that’s right for you!
Powder Coated Aluminum
Aluminum is another high-quality material with loads of style. Don’t let the name fool you, like resin wicker Aluminum is one of the best materials to use when choosing the right outdoor furniture.
For instance, it can be coated to enhance its metal abilities, such as resisting damage and corrosion from weather elements. As the name suggests, powder coated aluminum is coated with a blend of fine materials like titanium and chromium-free phosphates. While untreated aluminum won’t rust, it can oxidize and form a chalky substance instead of rust.
Lakeview 3pc Seating Set
The Garden Rocking Chair 3-Piece Set
Different manufacturers can use different coating materials to create different effects. However, the goal is usually creating a powder veneer on the aluminum to prevent corrosion which generally weakens the metal after exposure to extreme weather over a prolonged time. Powder-coated aluminum is incredibly strong and secure. It gives you peace of mind for any architectural application, especially the outdoors.
For that reason, we have championed the material and have used it to create some of our most stylish and comfortable patio sets. For example, our Lakeview series of pieces have a more modern style, come in a variety of unique colors, and look great in almost any outdoor space. Not only that, but the powder coated aluminum means that they are low maintenance, can be left out all year, and strongly resist bumps and knocks.
One other notable material for outdoor furniture is Teak wood. Teak is undoubtedly the hardest, strongest, and most durable hardwood making it a perfect outdoor furniture material. Teak wood features natural oils, which give the wood it’s beautiful and long-lasting finish. The oils also work as preservatives giving the wood it’s long-lasting properties.
This explains why teak wood is a favorite for many modern woodworking projects. Teak’s strong but supple nature makes the work of skilled artisans easier when cutting the wood, shaping, staining, and polishing. Teak wood also has a tight and straight grain and boasts of a high rubber and oil composition which makes it harder for moisture, pests, mildew, and other microorganisms to penetrate.
3pc Teak Wood Bar Set
Jakarta Teak Sideboard
The above natural properties make teak easy to maintain. With outdoor teak furniture, you simply need to use the right sealants, oils, and cleaners to keep your teak outdoor furniture looking great for years. Products like sealants and oils also keep wood-boring insects away from your teak furniture. While teak patio furniture may need to be covered during extreme weather and undergo re-staining after every few years, that’s little maintenance when compared to other types of wood patio furniture.
Tortuga Outdoor teak wood furniture is sourced responsibly. Our teak products have a Legal Wood Stamp which is proof that we harvest teak with strict accordance with international laws and sustainable practices. We sell Grade “A” certified, eco-friendly, and sustainable teak products.
Our teak patio furniture is for people keen on experiencing the beauty of teak in an outdoor environment. Our furniture can transform your outdoors into a dream sanctuary. Most importantly, our teak patio furniture is kiln-dried and finely sanded to stand out in style, comfort, and quality.
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Most people look for largely the same things in indoor and outdoor furniture. Generally, people focus on style, comfort, and durability. However, the indoor and outdoor environment varies, with the most notable factor being exposure to harsh weather.
At Tortuga Outdoor we understand this all too well, which is why we have risen to become a global leader in weather-resistant outdoor furniture. Our brand’s mission is to offer durable, aesthetically pleasing, and weather-resistant patio furniture. We also strive to make furniture that will fit in any home. Whether you want patio furniture fit for a formal dinner or casual get-together space, we have something to offer.
From the above information and considering your personal tastes, needs, preferences, and priorities, you can determine which type of outdoor furniture material will work for you best.