A Buyer's Guide To Metal Garden Furniture

Posted by Out & Out on 14th Feb 2022

A Buyer's Guide To Metal Garden Furniture

A Buyer's Guide To Metal Garden Furniture

Which Metal Garden Furniture to Buy?

Metal garden furniture is a great option for every garden because it’ll look good for many years to come and is easy to care for. Perfect for patios and terraces and stylish on any lawn there’s a style and a metal that’s ideal for every situation.

Types of Metal Garden Furniture

Different metals are used to make garden furniture, and each has distinct qualities:

Aluminium is often used in furniture because it’s strong and durable, and it won’t rust or flake when it’s out in the elements. Despite its strength, it’s a light metal, so your furniture won’t be hard work to move around if you want to re-position it in or out of sunlight or tidy it away for the winter. Aluminium also retains heat, so be aware that if the weather is extremely hot, it’s best to have a design with seat cushions. Browse our range of aluminium furniture here.

Patinated zinc looks distinctive with an Industrial-style garden. The material will age beautifully, creating a unique look. Patinated zinc is hard-wearing and long-lasting, making it a great long-term investment. British-born designer John Reeves is one of the leaders of this material and designs his outdoor collections with a patinated zinc coating which looks phenomenal.

Wrought iron furniture is weighty, so you might want to consider it if your garden is exposed as it will not blow out of position. However, it’s not the best choice if you need to move it around, as it may sink into the lawn. It can also rust, so make sure it has been given an anti-rust treatment, such as powder coating. To prolong its life, it is preferable to store it in a shed, garage or under cover during winter.

Steel furniture falls between aluminium and wrought iron in terms of weight. Like wrought iron, it can rust so it’s often given a powder coating to protect it. If the coating is chipped, it will need to be touched up. Steel is often positioned quite cheaply in the market due to its propensity to rust, aluminium is considered the premium material which will last several years.

Choose the Right Style and Size

When selecting your metal garden furniture, you’ll find that they come in a choice of ‘metal only’ or ‘metal plus other materials’, creating attractive contrast.

Metal only garden furniture can look modern with sleek lines or it could have ornate detail. If you have a cottage-style garden, intricate wrought iron designs can be a great complement, while more contemporary pieces suit most garden types. Always note the position of your furniture and, if your garden is subject to strong winds, to pick the heavier types of metal.

Metal plus other materials create a chic and sophisticated look. Search for combinations such as strong and light aluminium frames for chairs and solid teak which is a premium wood for outdoor as its maintenance-free and impervious to wood rot. Our Vintage range is a good example.

Care for Metal Garden Furniture

Use these tips to keep your metal garden furniture looking its best:

- Clean your metal furniture with warm water and mild detergent, and dry it afterwards with a soft, lint-free cloth. Always follow any specific cleaning instructions from your supplier!

- Once you’ve finished using the metal garden furniture for the season, place them underneath a furniture cover, or cover it up in position.

- Touch up any chips in surface coating with a car paint kit in the appropriate colour.

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