Having established that we are now NOT going to buy the cheapest that we can find, what should we do next? The first step is to decide what type of Garden Furniture that you like. This you can basically separate into two categories:
Metal Garden Furniture & Hardwood Garden Furniture.
Metal Garden Furniture
If you want Metal Garden Furniture, and you want it to last, then you should select Metal Garden Furniture that is ONLY made of Aluminium. The reason for this is that Aluminium does NOT RUST, so will last in all weather conditions. Having decided on Aluminium, you then must look at whether to go for “Cast Aluminium”, which is often solid and is made from Aluminium that has been Cast into a mould or “Framed Aluminium”, which although lighter, is normally equally as durable. So if your preference is to have Metal Garden Furniture, selecting any type of quality Aluminium Garden Furniture, you will be sure of getting many years of use from your purchase.
Hardwood Garden Furniture
This is my favourite because no two pieces are “exactly” the same. The differences in the grain make each piece unique. It would take a whole book to completely cover “Wooden Garden Furniture” because there are literally thousands of different options.
However, after selling Garden Furniture for over ten years, my choice has narrowed right down to only one type, which is “Teak Garden Furniture”.
The reason for this is very simple, it is the BEST there is to withstand all types of weather, including the often rainy UK summer climate. Although it is certainly more expensive than most other types of wood, it is VERY hard wearing and will last for many years, with (or without) any treatment, so really does justifies the higher price. Teak is a natural product, that is from a slow-growing hardwood tree. So when you look to buy make sure that you select from a supplier that has Teak Garden Furniture that has been made from “Plantation Grown” Teak, which is a renewable resource, and not from a forest that is being destroyed by deforestation. Quality Teak Garden Furniture should last for 20 -25 years, so when you compare the life of it, to the cost, it is an extremely good value for money.