Have you ever been sitting in you living room, there is a sudden gust of wind and your inexpensive plastic patio table chairs have flown past the window, ending up in next door’s garden? That’s not good for outdoor furniture hey? If only you had spent a bit more money and purchased heavier furniture. Well, for a number of reasons we recommend cast aluminium garden furniture.
One of the best websites we have found for metal patio furniture is Outside Edge as they are the only aluminium backyard furniture factory left in the UK who make their products from scratch, from raw metal to ‘finished in the box’.
We can honestly say that these table and chairs or loungers are not going to be found buried in the side of your garden shed! Aluminium has a good weight to it but it is not painfully heavy like cast iron and of course it cannot rust.
So you can pick the furniture up yourself and move it anywhere on the patio with relative ease, but it will not degrade outside.
So what is cast aluminium? This metal, when molten, is nice to work with as it runs smoothly which is perfect for casting. A mold is made using either sand, iron or steel, of the desired object in the negative. The liquid aluminium runs into the mold and when cooled forms the required part. It is removed from the mold and cleaned.
The parts are then put into a jig for repeated accuracy and welded together. For example a standard garden chair would have the following cast parts: back, seat, legs x 4 and arms x 2. The cleaned chair should then go off to be powder coated and baked in an oven, before being packed.
Most people actually think that the metal furniture that they see in garden centres or in other peoples homes is made from iron or steel but of course most of the modern garden furniture nowadays is made from aluminium. There are a number of reasons as to why this versatile element is used in many industries; such as the aeronautical industry, ship building, cars, boats, engine parts, cookware, filtration, architecture and more. As mentioned it is light but strong and can be readily worked. Aluminium also conducts heat quickly and efficiently, for instance it can be used for radiators.
One down side is that although aluminium never rusts it does oxidize. This only happens to the very beginning of the surface and does not affect the structural qualities of the metal. This is counteracted by lacquering and/or painting, particularly powder coating. Once the product is coated, for backyard furniture, aluminium is perfectly suited because there is virtually no up keep and washing is easy with pressurized water.
Unlike wood, aluminium patio furniture can be left outside all year round as it will not deteriorate or blow away! Outside Edge offers garden sets in a variety of shapes and sizes from 2 seat bistro sets to huge 14 seater extending garden suites. There are loungers and benches but our particular favourite is the modular corner dining set. They also provide accessories like parasols, cushions and all weather covers.
Outside Edge’s cast aluminum is undeniably practical but it’s also design led. There are classic Victorian designs, contemporary shapes and even some standard municipal patterns. So go to their website, as we feel sure there is something for everyone!