Metal Patio Furniture Buying Guide: Steel, Iron or Aluminum?

Whether made of steel, iron or aluminum, metal patio furniture is designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and frequent outdoor use. As you shop, consider the benefits and drawbacks of each type of material and your furniture needs.

Steel Pros and Cons

Stainless steel is a wonderful stylish metal that will keep your patio furniture looking nice for many years. It is resistant to wet weather as well as rust.

Steel furniture can be very heavy, which makes it hard to move or rearrange. It can also be much more expensive than other types of metal furniture. It requires frequent maintenance to stay in good shape and to keep it continually resistant to weather, though it is more resistant than most metals. As with all metals, steel will get hot in hot weather and cold in cold weather, which could add some discomfort if not covered during use.

Iron Pros and Cons

Wrought iron furniture is very sturdy furniture that is always in style. You do not have to worry about your furniture being damaged or blown away in severe weather because of its sturdiness and durability.

You can change or update its appearance and add materials from time to time to give your patio a fresh look, so that you do not have to worry about becoming tired of your current look or about the furniture going out of style.

Because of its durability, wrought iron furniture is very heavy and is therefore difficult to move or store. It also requires routine maintenance to insure that it stays in good condition so that is doesn’t rust or corrode.

If your furniture is painted, the paint can chip and corrode, so you would have to keep it up by repainting your furniture as well and as with all metal furniture, wrought iron will match the temperature of your weather, making it a harsh substance to touch in severe cold or hot temperatures.

Aluminum Pros and Cons

Aluminum is the cheapest of metal furniture making them an affordable choice for decorating your patio. The aluminum furniture can be very easy to move, store or rearrange.

There are many types and styles to chose from and could last for many years. It is also easy to restyle your aluminum furniture by adding things to them or by painting your furniture.

The downsides are, aluminum furniture, especially the cheapest variety, is a little more prone to damage than the other varieties of metal furniture. The furniture can be dented or damaged and can rust and corrode from harsh weather if not proper care is not given to the furniture, and aluminum will get hot in the summer and cold in the winter making the metal uncomfortable to sit on or touch.

Whichever kind of metal you decide to invest in, make sure that you upkeep it properly so that you will be able to enjoy your furniture for years.