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Six Tips for Selecting the Right Patio Furniture

Jun 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Don Magruder, CEO RoMac Building Supply posted in patio furniture

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The COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) pandemic has made outside spaces special as the likelihood of being infected is greatly reduced in the open air and warm sunlight. Never has outdoor recreation space been so important around the house and many people are taking seriously the purchase of patio furniture. For most patio furniture buyers, the price is the biggest part of the decision-making process, but that was before you needed furniture that would have to last longer, endure more wear and tear, and be comfortable. If more of the family’s social events are to be held in open spaces, the lowest priced patio furniture in an end-of-summer clearance sale might not be the best option.

Here are six tips to consider when buying new patio furniture.

First, price remains number one; however, let me put this in perspective. Instead of looking for the lowest price, you should determine how much you can afford. Think long and hard about the importance of good patio furniture, then go to the internet and set a realistic budget on the options you desire. Do not go for cheap at the expense of comfort and durability.

Tip number two is purchasing the right patio furniture for your space. Having patio furniture that is too small or too large is a bad thing as well as having metal furniture around a salt or chlorinated pool. If direct sunlight is going to be in play, buying furniture with ultraviolet protection for cushions is a good thing. Be sure to consider who will be using the furniture. A group of teenage boys can tear up a concrete block with a rubber hammer. So, buy something that will last for the group who is going to use it the most. Pretty does not always equal durability.

Tip number three is beware of glass, especially around pools. Glass tables add real beauty and are easy to wipe off. However, a gust of wind from a thunderstorm can blow the table over, shatter the glass, and send shards of glass everywhere. Unfortunately, many patio furniture buyers put looks over safety. Glass and breakable items around a pool are a no-no.

Tip number four is weighty. Yes, Americans are eating good in the neighborhood. We all have uncles, aunts, and friends who have put on a few extra pounds. Less expensive patio furniture is built with smaller legs and backs, which probably cannot support 250 pounds. This could be a health/safety risk for a larger, older relative. If you realistically expect larger-sized guests to use your patio furniture, you should buy patio furniture that can support the load.

Tip number five—whether you choose plastic, metal, synthetic wood, or real wood—each type of patio furniture has its own pro and cons. For example, real wood teak furniture is beautiful, but unless you are prepared to keep it oiled and clean, it will look rough within a year. Although metal furniture is less expensive, rust around pools can mar pool areas. Plastic furniture struggles with durability and bearing weight.

The new synthetic wood technology being used in patio furniture has extended lifespans and made it more durable. The Trex® line of patio furniture is stylish, durable, heavy, and easy to clean. Yes, it costs more, but its longevity and durability make it a great long-term investment.

The final tip is the most obvious—shop around and do not be afraid to buy furniture from an online retailer. There are huge price variations in patio furniture. Many times, the only difference is delivery and assembly. You can save a lot of money if you assemble your furniture and put it in place. Many times, with a little more shopping you can buy higher-grade patio furniture at a lower price.

Before you buy patio furniture, go shopping. Unlike prior years, you may be spending a lot of time outside on your patio.

Don Magruder is the CEO of RoMac Building Supply, and he is also the host of the “Around the House” Television Show which is hosted weekly on Lake Sumter Television. 

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