With the growing popularity of high end outdoor wicker furniture, there comes the debate of which metal works best as a frame: aluminum or powder-coated steel? While there are advantages to both of these metals, more people seem drawn to aluminum than its heavyweight cousin. Let’s take a closer look at these materials and see why aluminum is quickly becoming the homeowner’s favorite for quality outdoor wicker furniture.
A History of Steel
Prior to the invention of aluminum frames in the mid twentieth century, steel was the go-to option for many furniture manufacturers. Thanks to its durability and ability to withstand great weights without losing its shape, it was the perfect option for sofas and lounge chairs. However, steel easily fell victim to rust and corrosion when it came into contact with water, leading manufacturers to begin coating the metal in a thin powder coating. This practice continues with modern manufacturers today.
While powder-coating steel does help the metal to resist rusting, water damage seems impossible to avoid. Often moisture will become trapped and cause steel to rust from the inside out. This can still cause eventual discoloration and decomposition of furniture even when it has been powder-coated.
Powder-coated steel may be more affordable and stronger than aluminum, but it could be a ticking time bomb for your furniture if any part of the steal becomes bare and exposed to moisture!
The Switch to Aluminum
After its creation, aluminum swiftly began to prove itself as a competitor to powder-coated steel and eventually overcame it as the preferred metal frame for commercial grade outdoor wicker.
While still resilient enough to withstand the elements, aluminum is far more lightweight and versatile than powder-coated steel. Furthermore, it has an incredible ability to resist rusting, giving furniture a much longer lifespan and removing the worry of unsightly stains or hidden weaknesses in your furniture. Interestingly enough, it is this same quality that allows aluminum to be used in cars and spacecrafts!
Aluminum and Resin Wicker
With its non-corrosive properties and unbeatable functionality, aluminum is one of the best options available for your resin wicker furniture. One example of stylish aluminum-framed furniture is the Savannah Collection. A long-lasting non-corrosive aluminum frame serves as the core of this beautifully woven set, an extra layer of protection beneath resin fibers that have been treated to endure harsh weather and repeated use. The soft nutmeg color of this resin wicker coupled with its wrap-around design creates an inviting coziness for your living space; chic and comfortable without ever sacrificing durability.
An array of colorful cushions can be used to accent any kind of decor — and with the benefit of aluminum and resin wicker, you’ll never have the fear of rust ruining the vibrancy of your collection! High end outdoor wicker furniture is sure to retain its appeal for years to come.