The 7 Most Durable Outdoor Furniture Frames

Posted by Doug Sanicola on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 @ 06:50 PM

Have you been wanting to create your perfect outdoor space but don't know which outdoor furniture brands you can trust? 

Today inexperienced retailers are selling outdoor furniture with minimal information about the product. Even some grocery and hardware stores are selling outdoor furniture now. People with little knowledge of the product or outdoor furniture industry are telling you their product will, "last for years." 

This may be your second time around buying a furniture set in the last few years wondering, will my next set last? Am I wasting money on a product that I will have to replace in two or three years? What type of frame material is the most durable?

We are here to guide you and help you understand outdoor furniture better! Keep reading for a better understanding of the top outdoor furniture frames and brands!

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 7 Strongest Outdoor Furniture Frames

 

Choosing the right frame material is the most important thing to consider when buying outdoor furniture. It will determine how durable the furniture can be and how long it will last.

Think of outdoor furniture as an investment. Do you want your furniture set lasting two years or be the last set you'll purchase? Listed below are the strongest and most reliable frames outdoor furniture has to offer.

  1. Aluminum
  2. Cast Aluminum
  3. Wrought Aluminum
  4. Wood
  5. Stainless steel
  6. Wicker (Woven)
  7. Wrought Iron

 

Traditional Frames

Wood

Naturally beautiful, wood gives a comfortable feeling to any outdoor space. However, wood requires refinish and maintenance every two years minimum to maintain the color and protective finish. 

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Jensen Leisure, Ipe Wood Sunset Capri Hi DiningLifetime= 8-13 years.

 Wicker (Woven)

Wicker furniture is light weight and relatively durable. Woven from natural materials and PVC, these lightweight frames are also easy to move around. Woven frames offers the look and warmth of natural wicker and the durablity of an aluminum furniture. 

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Lane Venture, Wicker (Woven) Harbor Breeze, Lifetime= 10-15 years.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel offers a modern style to any outdoor space. Stainless steel offers a modern style to any outdoor space. Prov as a superior outdoor material, it has found its way into outdoor furniture with amazing results. With its resistance to corrosion and oxidation, it makes an excellent choice.

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Stainless Steel Furniture Set, Lifetime=20+ years.

Wrought Iron

Wrought Iron is one of the most durable and longest lasting type of outdoor furniture available, many times lasting decades. Truly an investment that keeps on giving, wrought iron furniture is also the heaviest frame. 

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O.W. Lee'sWrought Iron San CristobalLifetime= 25+ years.

Aluminum Frames 

Aluminum is the most common type of outdoor furniture frame material. Aluminum is a light weight and durable metal. Perfect for outdoor furniture and is the least expensive type of furniture frame to make because of an abundance of aluminum. There are three main types of aluminum outdoor furniture frames to consider, , cast and wrought aluminum. 

Aluminum

 

Aluminum provides comparable durablity to cast and wrought aluminum but usually with a more attractive price point.

 

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Brown Jordan, Aluminum Parkway, Lifetime= 20+ years.

Cast Aluminum

This frame material is heavier and more design oriented than aluminum. The only difference is that the molten aluminum is poured into a cast mold, allowing for intricate designs and shapes that would otherwise not be possible to make. Standard aluminum outdoor furniture is usually hollow, unlike cast aluminum that is slightly heavier but denser and more durable.

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Hanamint, Cast Aluminum Grand Tuscany Dining, Lifetime= 15+ years.

Wrought Aluminum

Wrought Aluminum is bent and manipulated into shape and reinforced over and over. Wrought aluminum offers similar design characteristics as it's wrought iron counterpart. This would be a great option if you want the iron look but live in a more coastal area.

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O.W. Lee, Wrought Aluminum Gios Collection, Lifetime= 20+ Years.

Choosing a furniture set can be overwhelming. Hopefully you now have a better understanding of outdoor furniture frames so you can ask you retailer, designer or self the right questions to create your dream backyard!
Before you take that next step, download our Free Outdoor Furniture Buying Guide below for more helpful furniture tips!
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