Outfitting the Outdoors: Timeless Wood
It happens every year. Summer approaches and eager homeowners go shopping for new patio furniture, only to be stopped two feet inside the store by the sea of furniture before them. Options are great! But the questions and decisions they require? Not so much.
Shopping for outdoor furniture can be just as daunting as buying indoor furniture. That’s why we’re doing a blog series on the most popular options in outdoor furniture. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each option, and help you decide which option is best for you. Of course, we’re always just a phone call away to personally help you decide! First up – timeless wood.
Wood Outdoor Furniture
Wood furniture offers a casual warmth that blends effortlessly with natural surroundings. Wood outdoor furniture is always in style and designs range from classic to contemporary to suit all tastes. It’s also strong, sturdy and can stand the test of time. Popular choices include teak, eucalyptus, cedar and oak.
Pros: Wood is durable, beautiful and does not hold the sun’s heat like metal or plastic. It also accepts paint beautifully and can be painted any color desired. Maintenance needs vary depending on the desired look of the furniture. Maintenance can take almost no effort if the wood is allowed to develop a natural patina, a grayish hue, acquired over time from exposure to the elements. Wood also won’t flake (unless painted), break or corrode like many metals.
Cons: Quality wood furniture is expensive, although it is an investment that will last for many years. If you wish to preserve the furniture’s original color and sheen, be prepared to re-oil, re-stain, or repaint the pieces as needed. Furniture covers or storing the furniture away from the elements during the winter can lessen maintenance needs.
Up next – Wonderful Wicker!