Introduction to Polymer Outdoor Furniture



Posted by Chair King Backyard Store



Posted by Chair King Backyard Store

Recyclable. Durable. Polymer.

Plastic outdoor furniture is often associated with flimsy lawn chairs and tables. People see it as cheap, low-quality, and temporary, but not all plastic furniture matches this description. At Chair King Backyard Store, our plastic patio furniture is called polymer, one of our most durable materials. In this blog, we’re introducing you to our polymer outdoor furniture. We’ll talk about what it is, how it’s made, and the many benefits polymer has over our other materials to help you see plastic furniture in an entirely new light.

What is Polymer:

Polymer is a long chain of molecules that link together, and our polymer outdoor furniture is constructed from a type of plastic called high-density polyethylene (HDPE). HDPE is a strong and durable material resistant to weathering, rot, and pests, making it perfect for outdoor furniture and patio accessories.

Other materials that are called polymers include:

  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

  • Polypropylene (PP)

  • Polystyrene (PS)

  • Nylon

  • Polyester

  • Epoxy resin

  • Fiberglass

At Chair King Backyard Store, we carry PVC pool accessories, PP outdoor furniture and patio accessories, and our polyester cushions, but their construction differs from our HDPE deck furniture.

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How Polymer is Made:

All high-quality outdoor furniture undergoes a construction process. Our polymer backyard furniture is no different, but unlike other outdoor furniture stores, we meet our manufacturers and tour their facilities before putting their products in our showrooms to ensure consistency and durability. Here’s how the process begins:

  1. Collecting raw materials is the first step. The most common raw material used to make polymer outdoor furniture is high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Other raw materials used may include recycled plastics, colorants, and stabilizers.
  2. Next, the manufacturer melts the raw materials and mixes them in a large vat.
  3. The melted materials are then poured into molds. The molds are made of metal or plastic and create the desired shape of the furniture.
  4. The furniture is then cooled, hardened, and removed from the molds.
  5. Lastly, the manufacturer paints, stains, and coats the furniture with a sealant to protect it from the elements.

Once the backyard furniture is finished, it is shipped to our warehouses before making its way online and into your local Chair King Backyard Store, where customers can learn why polymer is one of the best outdoor furniture materials.

The Benefits of Polymer:

When shopping for outdoor furniture, material type is an important factor to consider. No two products are the same, so researching the pros and cons of each material can help. Here are some of the benefits of choosing polymer outdoor furniture:

  • Durability: Polymer furniture is marine-grade and can withstand the elements. It is unaffected by rain, snow, extreme sunlight, rot, and pests. We always recommend covering patio furniture when it's not in use, but because of the polymer’s many resistances, it can withstand more neglect compared to other materials.

  • Low maintenance: Polymer is easy to care for. You do not need to stain or seal it, and it is easy to clean with a hose or a mild detergent. Visit our Fabric & Furniture care guide to learn more about maintaining polymer outdoor furniture.

  • Long Lasting: Polymer product warranties range from 10 to 20 years, depending on the manufacturer, so if you’re looking for an outdoor furniture set that lasts, it is an excellent choice.

  • Versatility: Polymer furniture is available in many styles and colors to match any décor. It can also be used in or out of pools.

  • Environmentally Friendly: Polymer is 100% recyclable, making it an eco-friendly choice for outdoor furniture.

The Best Polymer Outdoor Furniture Sets:

Featuring Modern Lounge Set

Polymer is the perfect material if you’re looking for stylish and durable backyard furniture. We love our Modern Collection for this exact reason. Featuring a sleeker take on the Adirondack chair, our Modern Collection comes in five different frame colors and with a 20-year manufacturer’s limited warranty. Modern is a lounge collection, so enjoy the Adirondack chair, ottoman, and end table for easy in-pool or poolside relaxation.

If outdoor dining is more your speed, we recommend our Farmhouse Collection. Like Modern, many of the chairs featured in this collection take inspiration from the Adirondack. However, this set boasts a two-tone frame with two color options and multiple dining and chaise lounge configurations to choose from. Plus, it comes with a 20-year limited manufacturer’s warranty, making it perfect for outdoor gatherings for years to come.

Featuring Farmhouse Dining and Seating

There is still plenty more to learn about our polymer outdoor furniture, so subscribe to our email list to keep up-to-date on all things related to high-quality patio furniture and outdoor accessories.

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