We always put you first when developing our beautiful and durable dock and decking solutions and we want you to be able to enjoy them. One way to increase the use of docks and decking is to add furniture such as chairs, tables, and umbrellas to keep you cool in the sun. Just how we built our products to last, we want your furniture to serve you for a long time. We put together five things to consider when purchasing outdoor furniture for your deck or dock, so you can get the most out of the outdoors.
Will your furniture be used on a deck or dock?
Where your furniture is placed can make a big difference in the types of materials you should be looking for in your furniture. For example, furniture on docks can easily be exposed to water and is often exposed to direct sunlight and rain. Decks aren’t as exposed to as much water as docks and may be shaded or partially covered, avoiding the sun’s rays and any environmental factors.
What climate are you living in?
If you live in a four-season region like the midwest, your furniture has the potential to be exposed to anything from humid summer days to cold, wet snow. Durable, weather-proof furniture works best in this case. However, in dry climates with little rain, you may not have to worry about as many environmental factors.
What material(s) is the furniture made out of?
Our products are made out of durable polypropylene that can hold up to environmental stressors like storm surges and UV light. If you want your furniture to hold up just as well, you’ll want to look for strong, weather-proof materials. Fabrics should be able to dry easily if rained on and should also be fade resistant.
How easy are the materials to maintain?
Outdoor furniture that’ll last will be easy to clean and maintain. In addition to looking for durability, you’ll want to look for fabrics that are easy to wash and will dry fast to avoid mold and mildew.
Will you be storing your furniture when it’s not used?
If you’re planning on storing your furniture in the winter months, it won’t have to stand up to as much wear and tear. However, if you plan on leaving furniture outside year-round, you’ll want to invest in heavy-duty materials.