Though there’s no set timeline for how long patio furniture lasts, the running standard is about 15 years, give or take. Some may last longer, and other less, depending on a number of factors such as the construction materials, climate, and maintenance. Different climates tend to impact the lifespan of patio furnishings the most. For example, an arid Southwestern climate requires furniture to have adequate UV protection to avoid sun exposure damage. Likewise, humid coastal climates are constantly battling moisture in the air, therefore, special moisture barrier coatings are a must!
Though the actual quality of the furniture is perhaps the most important aspect of its longevity, the next closest one on the list are the frame materials. Wood and iron are the most popular construction materials, but it’s hardly surprising that iron outlasts wood by many years. Of course, there are numerous other options on the market, each with their own projected lifespans, such as:
*Wrought iron- 25 years or longer
*Cast aluminum- 15 years or longer
*Wicker- 15 years or longer
*Teakwood- 25 years or longer
Though these numbers are fairly impressive, it’s also crucial to take into consideration that quality patio furnishings require a large upfront investment. Of course, when considering that a quality patio set can provide 25 years of service, the investment is well worth it! Of the construction materials, teakwood is perhaps the longest lasting with projected lifespans of up to 75 years when maintained.
Since patio furniture is also exposed to the elements (wind, sun, rain, and snow), spills, and constant wear and tear, the manufacturing process also comes into play. For extra sturdy and reinforced structures, powder-coated construction materials are highly recommended. This allows the frame to resist chips, splits, and cracks that shorten its lifespan.
Powder-coating is the only true way to create a moisture repelling barrier. Paint with water-resistant properties simply isn’t strong enough to last a long time. What’s more, powder-coated furnishings also come in a wide range of colors and finishes.
Without question, high quality patio furniture will always outlast affordable lower end options. As the furniture needs to withstand constant elemental exposure, a quality frame with water-resistant textiles is the only true option for a long-lasting set. Apart from price, it really comes down to selecting furniture from a reputable manufacturer that uses quality and sturdy materials.
Though getting off on the right foot is essential, so is the maintenance and upkeep of the patio furnishings. As mentioned, teakwood is high quality, built to last, and out of all of the options, requires the least amount of effort for maintenance. Though wicker is another popular construction material of choice, even with proper care, it simply won’t last as long as teakwood.
Reducing elemental exposure and cleaning the set according to manufacturer’s specifications is a great way to ensure longevity. Though outdoor furniture is made to remain outdoors, reducing the amount of time it spends directly impacted by the elements can make it last longer. As such, moisture and direct sunlight have the most detrimental effects on aging patio furniture.