The framing material of outdoor furniture sets is perhaps the most important characteristic to maintain durability for years to come. While cushions can be replaced, investing in high-quality materials — and ensure their proper care — guarantees use throughout the season.
Although a gorgeous, wrought iron bistro set imbues a romantic atmosphere in an outdoor setting (think: tea party in an English garden), rust will begin to form if these types of outdoor furnishings are exposed to moisture — not exactly the most amorous look. Given its durability and heft, wrought iron is a top choice for wind-prone areas; just make sure to cover and refinish the set as needed.
While teak patio sets have a distinct look that blends perfectly with the rugged Colorado landscape, this lighter-weight material should be kept in an area where the wind cannot pick it up and send it over to the neighboring yard. The ever-popular wicker style of outdoor furniture is making a comeback — this time, with more weather-resistant and wood-free materials; no more succumbing to splinters and jagged edges at every cookout.
Sleek, mid-century modern enameled furnishings offer a wider range of colors and silhouettes for a bright pop of charisma in the backyard. This heavier material is perfect for its durability but still needs the occasional touchup to avoid peeling and rust.