15th Feb 2024

A Guide to Choosing Weather-Resistant Outdoor Furniture

When it comes to furnishing your outdoor space, selecting pieces that are weather resistant is very important. Whether you’re furnishing a patio, deck, or garden, exposure to the elements can wreak havoc on traditional indoor furniture.

At Yardware, ensuring our pieces can be enjoyed for years to come is a priority for us. This is why we use only the finest, weather-resistant materials.

Understanding Weather-Resistant Materials

One of the key factors in choosing outdoor furniture is the material it’s made from. Opting for materials that can withstand rain, sun, wind, and fluctuating temperatures is essential.

At Yardware, our pieces are all curated using Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC). GRC is a composite material made of a cementitious matrix reinforced with alkali-resistant glass fibres. It's renowned for its exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, durability, and resistance to environmental factors such as moisture, UV exposure, and temperature fluctuations. Yardware’s GRC furniture offers a modern aesthetic while being robust enough to withstand outdoor conditions.

Assessing Durability and Quality

Make sure that the pieces you are investing in are durable and of the highest quality. Here are some examples to look out for:

1. Construction: Look for furniture that’s well-constructed with sturdy joints and reinforcements. Avoid pieces held together solely by glue or staples, as they may not hold up well over time.

3. Cushions: If your outdoor furniture includes cushions, choose ones made from outdoor-grade fabrics that are water-resistant, fade-resistant, and easy to clean. Removable, machine-washable covers are a plus.

4. Warranty: Check the warranty offered by the manufacturer. A longer warranty period typically indicates confidence in the product’s durability and quality.

Style and Comfort

While durability and weather resistance are essential considerations, don’t overlook the importance of style and comfort when choosing outdoor furniture. After all, you want your outdoor space to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Here are some tips for selecting stylish and comfortable outdoor furniture:

1. Design: Consider the overall design aesthetic of your outdoor space and choose furniture that complements it. Whether you prefer modern, traditional, or eclectic styles, there are weather-resistant options available to suit your taste.

2. Comfort: Test out the furniture in person whenever possible to ensure that it’s comfortable and supportive. Look for features such as ergonomic designs, ample seating depth, and plush cushions for maximum comfort.

3. Versatility: Select furniture pieces that offer versatility and flexibility in terms of configuration and use. Modular seating sets, for example, allow you to rearrange the pieces to suit different occasions and seating arrangements.

4. Accessories: Enhance the comfort and style of your outdoor space with accessories such as throw pillows, outdoor rugs, and shade umbrellas. These additions can add personality and functionality to your outdoor furniture ensemble.

Maintenance and Care

Proper maintenance and care are essential for prolonging the life of your weather-resistant outdoor furniture. Here are some tips to keep your furniture looking great for years to come:

1. Regular Cleaning: Clean your outdoor furniture regularly to remove dirt, dust, and debris. Use a mild detergent and water solution and a soft brush or sponge to scrub any stubborn stains.

2. Storage: During periods of inclement weather or when not in use, consider covering your outdoor furniture with weatherproof covers or storing it in a covered area such as a garage or shed.

3. Seasonal Maintenance: Inspect your outdoor furniture at the beginning and end of each season for any signs of damage or wear. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.

Whether you’re hosting outdoor gatherings, lounging in the sun, or simply enjoying a quiet moment in nature, investing in quality outdoor furniture will ensure that your outdoor oasis remains inviting and comfortable regardless of the weather.

Looking to upgrade your outdoor furniture? At Yardware we have a range of pieces, from outdoor tables and chairs, to accessories and planter boxes and more – visit our showroom today!