Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Outdoor Patio Furniture
If you sit down to watch the family croquet match and suddenly end up on the grass, wicker splinters everywhere, you’ll know for sure. Your patio furniture has finally reached the end of its life. But there are some other signs it’s time to replace your outdoor patio furniture that can prevent this unfortunate scenario.
High-end, classic furniture is always worth the investment, as it can last for decades while maintaining its style. There’s no rule of thumb for how long patio furniture should last, as so many variables are involved. In general, steel and wrought iron will last longer than wicker and wood. Patio furniture will last until the elements finally win, or until you decide it’s time for a change.
Protecting your furniture with custom covers will extend its life, and storing them during colder seasons will also help. If you took care of your furniture with seasonal maintenance such as waxing wood, oiling joints, waterproofing fabrics, and touching up paint, you may not need to replace your furniture until you want to.
Visual Wear and Tear
Different climates will have different effects on patio furniture. Humidity and UV rays can discolor and fray wicker furniture, cause stains can wear off wood, and create rust build-up on metal. Even if it’s just dirt and stains that cause the furniture to look past its prime, it can be enough to motivate a patio makeover.
Mold and Mildew
This thin black or white coating can attack wood furniture, resulting in irreversible rot. You can detect mildew on fabric and cushions with a smell test or close examination. Often, you can rescue the material with a machine wash, although its appearance might be worse for the wear. Only you can judge if the furniture is worth rescuing.
Whether there are obvious signs it’s time to replace your outdoor patio furniture or not, it might be time for a change. Even if you don’t need to replace your outdoor furniture, there’s no reason you can’t update it and finally invest in the elegant patio you’ve always wanted. Your Patio Store’s showroom in Fort Lauderdale is the perfect place for inspiration, as one of our many collections may be the start of your dream patio. We specialize in creating personalized pieces to order, whether that means a custom outdoor sectional or a colorfully upholstered dining set. Contact us to begin your patio’s transformation.
- Samuel Chun