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The Outdoor Essentials

Aug 5, 2008
It is important that outdoor patio furniture be made from material that is durable so that it can withstand the harsh outdoor. The material should be able to resist fungi and the many effects of water such as rotting, swelling and warping. It should also be able to resist chemicals effects for instance acid and alkali and ideally it should be able to resist fire too.

Teak is found in the dense monsoon forest of the South East asia. They have tall trunk and deciduous leaf. Teak is a popular choice because of many factors. One being the teak wood bears natural oil that makes it unnecessary to varnish. Teak especially from older forests are one of the best in the sense that they are not prone to split and water damage. Teak can resist water very well as well as insect. The wood has no effect from chemical product such as suntan lotion, body oil or pool water. It is also does not react with sea water and many other elements.

Teak furniture comes in a natural honey brown color that does not requires stain or paint. As it ages, the wood turns a beautiful grey color, but it can easily be returned to its natural color with a light sanding. The best teak furniture is made from Grade "A" Teak which does not have any knots or defects. Other materials used are stones, metals, vinyl, plastics, glass, and treated woods. These days, aluminum is also gaining reputation as a substitute to teak. Aluminum furniture is robust and long-lasting. Despite that, agents such as suntan lotions, perspiration and car exhausts can eat away at the powder coating that protects it. To make sure the furniture lasts, it should be cleaned every couple of weeks with a solution of mild washing up liquid and warm water and then rinsed well.

Patio umbrellas and outdoor heaters are also items that will ensure the outdoor area you have created will be fully utilized. A tool to protect us from the rain and sun, a patio umbrella takes on many colors, shapes and sizes as well as made from many different fabrics. You will be amazed at the many different usage of patio umbrellas such as the ones that completely blocks sunlight (cast solid shadow) to those that repel rain. Patio umbrellas also have valence on their edge which makes is fancier and also a great marketing tool. This is because the company logo and slogan can be on it. On a side note, the patio umbrella is an inexpensive option when compared to installing high grade frame.

Outdoor heaters is self-explanatory- a heater for outdoor use! Outdoor heating is a useful way of allowing people to stay in open areas without being cold. Various outdoor heating appliances are sold to help people stay warm in countries where climates are very cold. These appliances come in the form of gas patio heaters, quartz or ceramic electric lamps, and wood burning chimenea and fire pits.

The outdoor heater emits heat that is absorbed by the people and objects around it. Now, there is no reason to abandon the patio during fall or early spring because the outdoor heater will ensure that you get ample warmth to be able to stay outside and enjoy the environment.

You can find many types of outdoor heaters now. Be it a hanging heater, standing or table top patio heater, you will find one most suitable for your patio. There are many choices for fueling too such as propane, natural gas, infrared, or electric. The infrared heating technology is one that develops very fast. This type of heating can now be found to suit the need of residential, restaurant, club house, or any special event area. As long as there is proper heating we can stay outdoor for as long as we like.

Heaters that use infrared heating are much safer, economical, and easy to use and provide 40,000 BTUs of heat. While these outdoor heaters won't turn the dead of winter into a summer day, the heaters that are being sold nowadays have an adjustable temperature setting which allows perfect control for a brisk evening barbecue, early morning coffee, or any other outdoor activity.
About the Author
Kenny Leichester is a foremost expert in the interior design industry specializing in the outdoor or patio settings using outdoor patio furniture, patio umbrellas, outdoor cushions, patio heaters, patio lighting and so on to create exquisitely beautiful layout. His work on outdoor teak furniture are widely distributed and is a regular contributor to PatioShoppers.com.
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