Sitting on metal patio furniture in a stylish French provincial design can remind you of being seated at an outdoor French cafe. Your imagination can enjoy the sights and sounds of Paris while sipping on an espresso, or you being whisked away and find yourself seated in the midst of the French Quarter of New Orleans listening to jazz while eating prawns and pralines.
Whatever material you choose for your patio furniture, created in the style you wish, keep in mind that this patio furniture will be noticeably yours. It should reflect the atmosphere you wish to create for your enjoyment and the enjoyment of others.
Therefore, the material used can be metal, wood, aluminum, or PVC. When considering metal patio furniture, you need to know that there are two types of materials that are used in creating this type of furniture.
There are many advantages in the selection of metal patio furniture created with wrought iron. One big advantage is its weight. On a windy and blustery day, the breezes of spring and the sudden storms of summer can cause the winds to gust significantly. The sheer weight of metal patio furniture will ensure that these pieces stay in place, therefore preventing damage to your investment.
Metal patio furniture can also be molded into exquisite designs that can add a very stylish look to your patio. Some of these designs could include: French provincial, the look of a Spanish hacienda, or a Mediterranean design, etc.
Some disadvantages to the selection of this style of patio furniture are the susceptibility to the elements. Wrought iron tends to reflect its environment; thus, in chilly weather it will become cold to the touch, and in hot weather it can become very hot.
Additionally, it is susceptible to oxidation and therefore rust will be created on the metal patio furniture. Careful attention and care should be given toward your metal patio furniture. Any cracks in the finish should be touched up with paint, while the cleaning of the furniture can be done with mild soap and water.
The other metal that is predominantly used in metal patio furniture is aluminum. The advantage of this material is that it is lightweight which allows for the item to be easily moved and packed up. You also get the stylish look of metal without it taking on the heat or cold of the environment, and some products can offer a 15-year warranty.
The disadvantages, which can also be an advantage, of aluminum are its weight; a mild gust of wind can easily pick up the lightweight piece of furniture and toss it about. Your care of aluminum patio furniture should include protecting it with a coat of car wax or mineral oil. In addition, dirt can be removed with a mild soapy solution and rinsed off with water.