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Outdoor furniture, is also known as patio furniture or garden furniture. Furniture for use outdoors is specifically designed for this environment. It is usually made of weather resistant materials.

Outdoor furniture, also called garden furniture, or patio furniture is quite often made up of a set. Usually this consists of a table, chairs (usually in sets of four or six), and sometimes a parasol or garden umbrella. Long chairs, seats and benches are also common.

Garden parasols or umbrellas are specialist types of umbrellas. These are designed for use as shade from the sun. They usually use a weighted base or a mounting built in to the paving surface. They can be portable in design in order to be placed advantageously for outdoor tables and seating. Alternatively, others are fixed via a centre hole in the middle of the table.

At night or in cold weather garden or patio heaters are used to sit outside comfortably. These may be mounted permanently on patio roofs and eaves, or alternatively may be portable and self supported. Operation is either by using natural gas, propane or electricity. Small units may occasionally use bottled butane. Gas units may use existing plumbing with outlets at permanent locations or may be attached to quick connect outlets.

Portable fire bowls and outdoor modular fire pits are popular and are widely available. These are made in a variety of different materials and are used primarily to extend the period of outdoor living.

Garden and patio sets are most commonly made from wood, wicker, aluminium, wrought iron or plastic. Wooden garden and patio furniture suffers from exposure outdoors to the elements and needs regular treatmant and maintenance.

A commonly used timber for outdoor furniture is teak. Teak contains silica naturally. This makes it resistant to many of the effects from water e.g. warping, swelling, rotting, as well as to fungal attacks. It is also resistant to chemicals, acids, alkalis and fire. As teak weathers its original look is lost, but is replaced with a glowing silver look. Many people prefer this aged look of teak. Because of teak's resistance to infestation and rotting it can be used without upkeep, but if your preference is to retain your teak furniture's original rich color than simply oiling the teak every few months will retain this appearance.

Alternatively aluminium garden and patio furniture is long lasting and extremely robust. It will corrode if its protective outer coating is in any way compromised. Plastic patio and garden furniture is waterproof by nature which enables it to be left outdoors all year round but it will weather over an extended period of time.

Originally wicker outdoor and patio furniture was made from the stems of palms found in the tropical regions. Palm stems tightly woven into interlocking panels were used to formed the desired shape e.g. chairs. Nowadays, synthetic resin is used to make most modern wicker furniture. This substanially increases the lifetime of the furniture and also reduces manufacturing costs. Recycled plastic is commonly used to make resin furniture. Being very durable, resin furniture quite often has a warranty period of 20 years or more. Mouldings are made to resemble wicker or real timber.

Items such as planter boxes, plant stands, birdbaths and trellises all add features and liveability to your outdoor spaces.



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