With many people interested in garden wicker furniture, there is always a concern about the quality standard between the powder coated steel frame and aluminum frame. Most people prefer aluminum frame without rust, but others think powder coated steel is still not a bad choice. Thus, let’s take a look generally about these materials to find out which is more suitable to you.
Before aluminum was used in furniture in the mid 20th century, steel furniture was very common because it is a hard tough metal, very diffcult to bend or dent. So you won’t worry too much when using if your sofa is suffered the weight of 3 to 4 adults. The only weakness feature of steel is corrosion if it contacts with water for a long time; not only harm the frame, the rusty water stain will appear on the wicker weave. To avoid the threat of rust, many manufacturers cover steel by power coating outside. Powder coat can protect the steel but not completely; water can rust it from the inside out. However, steel is usually much cheaper, and you may even be able to buy 2-3 powder coated steel sets with the same money for the aluminum.
Aluminum is known as the most common metal for wicker furniture use, especially in outdoor furniture because of not only durability but also non-rusting feature. It can face any storm, rain, shine and weather. A normal run of aluminum furniture can easily last more than 3 years; and lightweight helps it easy to rearrange and store. However, it is not as strong as steel; aluminum is recommended to limit bearing a heavy weight to avoid getting dented.
For the pros and cons of both materials, before choosing an outdoor furniture, we should notice that:
- If you are looking for a carefree furniture with long time using, aluminum would be the best choice. However, to ensure the long life, clean your aluminum furniture twice a month with a solution of mild dish detergent and warm water.
- If you prefer furniture with cheaper price and stronger features, powder coated steel can meets you requirements. In addition, remember not to scratch the powder coating and usually apply a clear coat of liquid car wax at least once a year to protect finish.