How to Buy Outdoor Patio Furniture
The ultimate guide to choosing long-lasting, easy-care backyard pieces that will make outdoor living even sweeter.
A classic outdoor look that’s weighty enough to stand its ground in windy weather, wrought iron now comes in modern finishes and colors, as well as familiar romantic scrollwork designs. Because of its heft, it’s best suited for outdoor furniture pieces that won’t need to be moved around much. Ideally, it should be stored inside over the winter to guard against rust.
Look for: Powder-coated, UV-resistant finishes; a warranty on the overall structure.
Expert tip: “Purchase touch-up paint when you buy wrought iron,” says Ashleigh Kosin, owner of Bell Tower Outdoor Living Company, an outdoor furniture store in Richland, Michigan. Use it to touch up scratches and problems spots around the seams at the beginning and end of every season to keep rust at bay.
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