Patio furniture should be attractive, durable, comfortable and easy to maintain. Wicker and aluminium are the two most popular materials when it comes to outdoor furniture. Both offer some similar advantages over other traditional materials such as wrought iron or wood. However, they also have some essential differences which make it difficult to choose between the two.
In today’s blog post, we’ll compare the different features of wicker and aluminium patio furniture. You can also find in this post a quick guide to the advantages and disadvantages of each of these materials so that you can make an informed purchase decision.
Both materials are durable and usually, have a long lifespan depending on the way they’re used. People these days prefer resin wicker over natural wicker because it’s made of a synthetic material, polyethene, woven together on a wooden or a metal base. The synthetic material is water-resistant and mold and mildew resistant as a result. Natural wicker, on the other hand, is composed of natural materials like bamboo or cane strands which make the furniture vulnerable to cracks, drying, and rot when exposed to rain or water.
Aluminium patio furniture has a similar structure like that of wrought iron furniture. The frame of inexpensive aluminium furniture is created with hollow tubular pieces that are welded together. They’re very light-weight as a result and easy to store. Cast aluminium furniture, on the other hand, comes with a mould that’s filled with molten aluminium. Although this structural difference makes cast aluminium furniture heavier than the standard inexpensive versions, it’s more durable and lasts longer.
Therefore, resin wicker and aluminium furniture are both durable and have a long life. But note that aluminium furniture can get affected by natural pollutants, salts, and oxidize over time.
- Ease of Maintenance
Wicker furniture is very easy to clean and maintain. To get rid of dust and dirt, you can wipe it with a damp cloth and also use a mild soap occasionally. You can also clean it with a garden hose if it’s resin wicker. Since it’s a sturdy material, it doesn’t require too many repairs until and unless there are some broken or deformed reeds that need to be replaced.
Aluminium furniture, on the other hand, can be a little messier than wicker when it comes to cleaning with a garden hose. It requires more effort to get rid of the accumulated dirt and grease. However, if the furniture gets dented or scratched with use, you can’t repair it to get it back to its previous shape.
Resin wicker is more affordable than patio furniture made of aluminium and other materials. If you’re looking for a cost-effective solution for your patio, then wicker is a good choice.
Both Wicker and aluminium patio furniture are available in a wide range of designs and styles to cater to various aesthetic and functional preferences. But if you want patio furniture that’s stylish, durable, affordable, and easy to clean and maintain, then wicker is a superior choice. Wicker is also a better choice when it comes to enduring harsh weather conditions.
At Sunguard, we offer high-quality wicker and aluminium patio furniture at the best prices. Whether you’re looking for conversational sets, dining sets, chaise lounge chairs or sectional collections, you can find an extensive range of styles and designs in our selection.