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A Guide to Aluminum Patio Furniture

Mar 18, 2008
When most people think of aluminum patio furniture, the first word that comes to mind is "cheap." Although aluminum is used in inexpensive and low-quality furnishings, it is also used in beautiful and elegant sets that can go for thousands of dollars. In fact, aluminum furniture is usually more expensive than equivalent wrought iron pieces.

The Benefits of Aluminum Patio Furniture
One of the primary reasons people use aluminum is its resistance to corrosion. The metal forms a thin layer of oxidation that protects it from the elements and gives it its unique sheen. Since it does not rust, it is ideal for use in wet or salty environments.

The other advantage of aluminum is that it offers one of the best strength to weight ratios of any metal. It is strong enough to be used in the construction of supersonic jets, but light enough that you don't have to be a bodybuilder to rearrange your patio.

Aluminum patio furniture comes in two types: frame and cast

Aluminum Frame Furniture
By combining a sturdy aluminum frame with a less expensive mesh back and seat, these pieces are inexpensive and comfortable. The frame is often hollow, making the furniture lighter and less expensive, but there are also sets that use solid aluminum frames.

This class of furniture varies widely in price and quality depending on the material used. Even the less expensive pieces are durable and will last years with proper care. In the end, it is the fabric that will wear out rather than the sturdy frame.

These pieces require almost zero maintenance. Wash with a mild soap and a soft sponge occasionally and that's it. Although these pieces are weather resistant, it is still best to take them in during winter months when they are not being used. The lighter pieces will blow around in the wind so should be taken in if the weather starts to gust.

Cast Aluminum Furniture
This furniture is made by pouring molten aluminum into a mold and allowing it to harden, creating solid metal pieces that are assembled by machine or by hand into a finished product.

The cast aluminum furniture at the low end of the quality scale is functional and reasonably attractive. It won't have the fine detail that more expensive pieces have, but a well-built piece with a quality finish will be a beautiful addition to your patio.

The more expensive furnishings are hand crafted by skilled artisans rather than slapped together by machine. They have more detail, elegant lines, and breathtaking deep finishes that rival any high quality material.

Some may have cushions to make them more comfortable. These are separate components that can be easily replaced once they fade or wear. The furniture itself will last for decades with very little maintenance.
About the Author
Author is a freelance copywriter. For more information on Patio Furniture, visit http://www.LAPatio.com.
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