Metal Garden Furniture Buyer’s Guide
When purchasing metal garden furniture, if you’re not sure where to start, this Metal Garden Furniture Buyer’s Guide will be your saviour! There are various kinds of metal garden furniture out there, all with different costs. Which one of them is ideal for your backyard?
Metal Garden Furniture Buyer’s Guide – Price
The construction quality and raw material costs impact prices. For the most part, garden furniture will be more expensive if it is made with better quality materials.
Where you purchase from is a factor in pricing. If you purchase directly from a popular metal garden furniture manufacturer, such as Outside Edge, you will eliminate the middleman. For instance, our circular six seat cast aluminum set is priced about £900 and is delivered to your front door (assuming you reside in the United Kingdom).
After adding a parasol and cushions to the mix, a garden centre with the same quality would put you back about £1500 for a metal patio set! Retailers usually purchase from companies like ours, hike the prices, then resell the item to you. However, on our metal outdoor furniture website, you can deal with us directly and save a few bucks while doing it!
What kind of garden furniture is suitable for your needs, and what would be the price range for it? This guide will make the assumption that you need backyard furniture that will last for at least a decade.
Metal Garden Furniture Buyer’s Guide – Resin or Plastic?
The original single piece (monobloc) chair was mass-produced in the 1980s. Over time, designer aspects of the chair were phased out, as the requirement for a functional style took its place. The outcome is the kind of plastic garden furniture you see on patios across the UK today.
Modern rattan patio furniture utilizes the same design qualities and injection-molding processes as its predecessors. While the equipment used to produce the furniture is costly, overall, lower prices come about through mass quantity manufacturing.
There are various quality levels of plastic outdoor furniture. The simplest approach to minimizing the expense of, perhaps a plastic garden chair, is to supplement the molding mix with economical chalk.
In comparison, polypropylene is a pricey material, but the final cost is lowered when chalk is added. However, chalk does not repel ultraviolet rays. As such, inexpensive plastic garden chairs get more brittle and fade as they sit in the sun. Further, users of plastic patio furniture have come to see that, when the sun shines bright, the white furniture blinds their eyes.
Metal Garden Furniture Buyer’s Guide – Wood
“My great grandfather’s teak garden bench is still in pristine condition, and yet my 5-year-old teak dining set fell apart. Why did this happen?”
Indian or Sumatran forest teak is likely what the bench was made of. The wood might have been as old as 400 years, then dried for 20 years prior its conversion to a bench. Legal teak is now graded by age and grown in plantations. Essentially, the log’s middle is the oldest part of the tree, and as such, is the part that’s most dense. The trunk is under regular inward pressure as the tree grows, which results in density.
The heart of the wood is known as grade 1 teak. It should be about nine decades old. Outside of the United Kingdom, they can be two decades old, or three if maintained a couple of times yearly. The trunk’s exterior is known as grade 5 teak and is situated beneath the bark. It is sapwood, soft, and isn’t element-repellent. Grade 5 teak is inexpensive because it won’t last more than five years outside of the United Kingdom, even if it is oiled!
In the 1990s a cheaper hardwood was popular. You might recall the abundance of red hardwood garden furniture seen in hardware stores and garden centres. You can distinguish softwood from hardwood through a machne punch test – balsa wood is considered a hardwood!
Indo-China exported redwoods which are mostly Nyatoh and Red Balau. They aren’t dense enough to withstand the weather, despite being hardwoods.
Something else to keep in mind is the joinery standard and the adhesive suitability. All species have their own tolerances, which need to be factored in. Otherwise, exterior furniture production will fail. Also, check to see if the wood has been properly dried.
Last but not least, check to see if the timber is quarter sawn. Quarter sawn timber is less susceptible to distortion or cupping. However, the log needs to be sawn at least a couple of times. Further, there is more waste involved than long sawn timber, making quarter sawn timber costlier for the manufacturer.
Ultimately, as long as it’s oiled, the very best teak will last.
With the exception of Rhodesian ‘teak’, every type of wood will fade to a dull grey when it undergoes ultraviolet light exposure. This impact can be minimized, but not outright curbed. Even teak that has been around for decades warrants sanding, sanitation, and oiling to maintain its color. All wooden garden furniture types require treatment to repel UV light. The longevity of the wood is cut short if this is not performed.
If you like the tactile experience and look of wooden garden furniture, and you want your siz seat patio set to last past just a few years, then get ready to spend about £1800.
Metal Garden Furniture Buyer’s Guide – Tubular
Production of tubular steel garden furniture began in the 1920s and was quite popular, particularly in America, for about forty years afterward. The 1960s saw the rise of aluminum tubular outdoor furniture. The primary reason for the fall of tubular steel furniture was that aluminum was lighter, robust, and in tubular form, malleable. Best of all, aluminum is rust-proof! The backs and seats of tubular garden chairs tend to be manufactured with textline, which, unlike hollow metal slats, are far more comfortable.
Textiline is a malleable, polypropylene (plastic) mesh that is UV stabilized and waterproof.
Properly made aluminum tubular garden outdoor tables, sun loungers, and patio chairs can withstand the United Kingdom’s weather. As always, the longevity of the metal patio furniture is contingent on the manufacturing methods and standards.
Check out this comparison of high and low-quality 6-seater tubular aluminum patio sets.
Low quality – general cost for six outdoor metal chairs, 2mm gauge recycled aluminum tube, Chinese textiline with high chalk content, synthetic or plastic fittings, metallic paint, 5mm glass table tops, glass top aluminum oval garden table is £399. Longevity = less than five years.
High Quality – general cost for six patio chairs, chalk-less sunbrella textiline (which they invented), powder coating, 5mm gauge virgin aluminum tube, 8mm tempered glass table tops, stainless steel and nylon fittings, one glass top oval outdoor table is £1499. Longevity = 2 decades.
Metal Garden Furniture Buyer’s Guide – Market Changes to Casual Furniture
In the 1980s and 1990s, wooden and plastic outdoor furniture was very popular. Europe’s preference for teak, plastic, yellow and red balau, iroko, and nyatoh garden furniture was at it’s peak. Over time, though, people grew tired of cheap garden furniture fading, cracking, and harboring grime and dirt. The wood rotting and regular oiling needs was also a factor.
Customers wanted something unique and found cast aluminum garden furniture.
Metal Garden Furniture Buyer’s Guide – Solid Cast Aluminum
Initially produced in South Africa, our cast metal garden furniture is traditional and practical. This type of outdoor metal garden furniture will add some class to any decking, conservatory, garden, or patio.
To manufacture rust-free and long-lasting metal outdoor furniture, Outside Edge focuses on raw materials, as well as other production method aspects. When you look at other websites for metal garden furniture, why is there an explanation lacking for the manufacturing process? Most retailers don’t have a basic understanding of what cast aluminium manufacturing entails!
Metal Garden Furniture Buyer’s Guide – Aluminium Casting
Gravity die casting is a process we use to make parts of aluminum garden furniture. More information about our process of casting can be found here.
Metal Garden Furniture Buyer’s Guide – Virgin Aluminum
Irregular recycled aluminum will melt at certain temperatures, making it unfeasible to choose the temperature to weld it at. On the other hand, there is a regular melting point for virgin aluminum. No failures are involved with regards to regular temperature welding of virgin aluminum outdoor furniture.
Metal Garden Furniture Buyer’s Guide – Stainless Steel Fittings
Our sun loungers and cast aluminum tables are sent flat-packed. It is important that the fittings for assembly are produced from stainless steel to bypass corrosion. We only use grade 316 stainless steel, a classification that is considered ‘marine grade’ standard.
Metal Garden Furniture Buyer’s Guide – Nylon Caps
It is vital for our metal garden furniture to have nylon leg caps. Lack of them could result in the following:
- unsecured metal legs would chip; while the elements would harm the bare aluminum
- you’ll get scratches on your patio floor
- rubber caps wear and mark fast
Metal Garden Furniture Buyer’s Guide – Welding
Besides proper and regular welding temperatures, prior to welding, the bare aluminum parts must be completely sanitized. Aluminum is quite a reactive metal, and it won’t take long before pure aluminum blends with oxygen to produce aluminum oxide, which creates a whitish, thin bloom.
This coating stops further reactions between the metal and oxygen, and safeguards the metal from oxidization. If oxide is apparent, the weld won’t be successful down the road, as aluminum oxide melts at three times the temperature of pure aluminum.
Metal Garden Furniture Buyer’s Guide – Painting
Able to last as long as 15 years, powder coating is used by Outside Edge. If metal paint is used only, it begins to flake and peel away within a couple of years. It is paramount that the aluminum is thoroughly sanitized. If it’s not, the aluminum oxide will kick in, and a white bloom will at some point show up all over the powder coating.
So, Outside Edge Garden Furniture provides top-of-the-line, care-free rattan and aluminum outdoor furniture. We directly ship our metal garden furniture right to your front door from our manufacturing plant. Conventionally, an organization like ours would supply garden centres with product, who would then re-sell those items to the consumer. By eliminating the middleman, we can reduce prices without sacrificing quality.
Cast aluminum garden furniture is durable and warrants little-to-no upkeep. We have decided to sell it (rather than wrought or cast-iron garden furniture) because it won’t rust.
Iron garden furniture is quite hefty. Our cast aluminum patio furniture is completely free of maintenance and won’t rust. Just use soap and water to keep it clean, much like how you would wash your automobile.
Our metal garden furniture is manufactured to be left outdoors all year long, and won’t require varnishing, sanding, or ongoing staining, unlike wooden or teak garden furniture.
Cast aluminum garden furniture won’t rust, doesn’t need regular upkeep, and won’t need to be replaced now and again, unlike furniture made with other materials.
You won’t have to bring the garden chairs and table indoors when it gets cold out or rains, as it can be left outside all year long.
We offer the most optimal aluminum garden patio furniture that is made with a traditional design and that will still be in style in the future.
We have sold an abundance of metal furniture sets, all of which have been sent to various places in the UK, Italy, French, the Caribbean, and Spain.
Ultimately, we are sure that our customers will adore our metal furniture as an alternative to timber or cast-iron garden furniture for the simple fact that it won’t rot or rust. In fact, we guarantee this will be the case for at least a decade.