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Outdoor Benches

Outdoor benches are furniture pieces that come in many different shapes, sizes and styles. When looking for outdoor benches it is important to consider the type of material you want them made out of. This will determine how much they cost, what style they have, their suitability, as well as general availability.

This article will explore the types of materials that can be used for the furnishings, with a breakdown of their advantages and disadvantages pertaining to, cost, style, suitability, and general availability.

The Materials

1) Wood

Wood is a very traditional and popular material for outdoor benches because it has been around since humans began building structures. It comes in a variety of colors so there’s something perfect for every taste, 

One downside to wood is that it needs constant care and attention, or else pest infestations will happen by insects such as termites and ants; these can damage wooden furnishings quickly especially if they’re made from soft timbers. If the proper care is not maintained, weathering can also cause cracks.

However, with proper upkeep, wood remains one of the choices for durable outdoor benches.

2) Stone

Stone is a more classical style for outdoor benches. It can be used to make quality furniture that will last a lifetime if they’re properly cared for. They are not as susceptible to rotting as wood is, and also resistant to pests like termites or ants because of the hardness of the material. They also add a very regal and beautiful aesthetic to the backyard or garden area.

The downside with stone outdoor benches is that they need regular polishing in order to maintain their appearance. This means time spent on upkeep, but the end result should speak for itself. The cost is demonstrably higher when it comes to stone outdoor benches, and the installation can often carry a hefty fee and a bit of a headache if conducted incorrectly.

3) Metal

Metal is a very modern material used in outdoor benches. It is durable and has a sleek, cool appearance. Metal outdoor benches are not susceptible to the elements like rust or decay because they’re made of strong materials such as aluminum or stainless steel. This means that it’s much easier for metal furniture to last longer without needing any upkeep than other materials listed here.

The downside with metal outdoor benches is that they’re more expensive in price and installation can be tricky due to how heavy they often are. Finding a reliable supplier can also be a bit of a pain.

Things To Consider When Deciding

Cost

The cost will vary depending on what materials it’s made from as well as its size. The budget you set out in the beginning of your search should inform you of the material and size you end up going with.

Intention

Considering the location that the outdoor benches will be placed is also a big factor. Some or more suitable for businesses, events, and other public spaces. Metal alternatives are great if they’re going to be largely undercover all day long but not so much if it’s exposed to rain or snow on a regular basis as the weather will deteriorate the material over time making it less durable than others.

Design

The style is also a major factor in your decision-making process. Styles can be modern or classic to fit with any surrounding that you might have already planned out for them. Falling under a similar category as intention, knowing and fitting your new furnishings to the established style will be a big factor for many.