When it comes to metal furniture, we love aluminum. It’s lightweight, durable, easy to clean and a great value. But not all aluminum is created equal. Here are a few things to consider when you’re shopping for your aluminum outdoor furniture.
1) Don’t confuse your metals – Outdoor metal furniture is also made from iron and stainless steel. We prefer aluminum over other metals for outdoor furniture due to its light weight, rustproof qualities and versatile design options.
2) Look for a high quality aluminum that’s been powder coat finished – We go to great lengths to properly finish our aluminum furniture so that you don’t have to deal with chips or pitting in the metal.
3) Know the difference between cast and extruded – Cast metals are liquefied and poured into a mold that give it a unique shape and design often with expected imperfections that lend to the authenticity of the piece. Extruded aluminum is shaped by heating the metal to a pliable state and pushing through a mold to create pieces that are later hand wrought and welded together. Both processes can potentially create an equally durable product, provided the proper care and practices are adhered to.