Aluminum Outdoor Patio Furniture
Patio furniture is made from one or more types of material. The frame is largely what gives it style, weight, color, longevity, and to a great degree, it’s price.
Aluminum is a metal that will not rust. It tends to be fairly light weight because it’s often hollow on the inside. It can be finished in a wide variety of colors and textures. Some colors are opaque (solid), while others can have a sophisticated multi-layered wood grain or speckled look to them. Some finishes have a multi-dimensional texture that is either machine applied or applied by hand, or comes as a result of the mold that created the piece.
Aluminum outdoor furniture can be very hot to the touch if it’s placed in full sun. Because the material is not solid, it doesn’t tend to retain heat so once you put an umbrella over it, the sun goes down, or you put a towel on it, the heat subsides. Some aluminum patio furniture is welded at the joints and some is bolted together. Assembly may be required by either you or your patio furniture store. In this case, you need to take care to do it correctly without over tightening or stripping screws.
Allen wrenches that fit the hardware are often supplied. Better quality companies manufacture their own hardware made of marine grade stainless steel so the screws are very strong, they are longer, thicker, and will not rust. Entry level patio furniture may come with thinner hardware that may corrode or break with use over time.
- Christopher Amos