Patio furniture that is chosen sensibly adds to the relaxing atmosphere of your patio and can actually be the focus of a calming effect on your senses. This is because there is nothing like a well maintained patio to give you the perfect atmosphere to unwind after a long day at the office. Patio furniture is available in a variety of materials including teak, bamboo, wicker, wrought iron, plastic and redwood. Each material has its own followers, but teak patio furniture is by far the most popular among consumers today. When shopping for patio furniture the prime consideration has to be the quality of the material. This is because the patio furniture is installed outdoors and is hence exposed to moisture, sunlight and sometimes rain as well.
Wooden patio furniture is the most popular. Many varieties of wood are used for making outdoor furniture and some are more durable than others. This means that outdoor furniture made from the less durable varieties will need regular attention like painting, staining or oiling. With some woods, e.g. pine, this maintenance may be as regular as every year. The more durable timbers are jarrah and teak and usually a quick oil or stain every 2 to 3 years is ample. Sometimes, wicker furniture is painted. However, it does not need a great deal of attention.
If you like to change the decor of your patio frequently and don`t want to have to buy new furniture every time then wicker & rattan patio furniture would be a good and decent choice for you. Wicker and rattan is the second most popular type of furniture that is made from natural materials. Both wicker and rattan furniture is durable, light weight and to a certain extent - flexible, making it great for patio furniture that needs to be brought indoors or moved frequently. Wicker is actually not a material by itself. Wicker is the end result of weaving rattan with other materials, usually bamboo slats, to make furniture.
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