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Material Overview: Aluminum


MATERIAL OVERVIEW:
ALUMINUM

Posted by Chair King Backyard Store

Versatile. Lightweight. Low Maintenance.

Among the materials available for outdoor furniture, we recommend aluminum as a versatile and enduring choice. Unlike cast aluminum, extruded aluminum outdoor furniture is light, making it easier to move for people who enjoy entertaining and easy maintenance. It's the perfect material option for those who want their patio furniture to have a rich history and exceptional craftsmanship. Here's everything you should know about aluminum backyard furniture.

The History of Extruded Aluminum Outdoor Furniture:

The use of aluminum in furniture traces back to the early 20th century when designers began experimenting with this lightweight yet sturdy metal. However, it was in the mid-20th century that extruded aluminum furniture gained popularity. Extrusion, a process involving forcing heated aluminum through a shaped opening, revolutionized furniture manufacturing, allowing for intricate designs and unparalleled durability. During the post-World War II era, as outdoor living became more prevalent, designers sought materials that could withstand the elements without compromising aesthetics. Extruded aluminum emerged as the ideal solution, offering corrosion resistance, low maintenance, and the ability to mimic the look of traditional wrought iron without the weight or susceptibility to rust.

Difference Between Cast Aluminum and Extruded Aluminum:

While both materials share the benefits of aluminum, they differ significantly in terms of manufacturing process and characteristics. Cast aluminum involves pouring molten aluminum into molds, resulting in solid pieces with intricate detailing. This process is well-suited for ornate designs but may be prone to casting imperfections and variations in thickness. Extruded aluminum undergoes a different manufacturing process. It is formed by pushing heated aluminum through a die, resulting in uniform shapes with consistent thickness. This method allows for sleek, modern designs with clean lines and precise detailing, making it a preferred choice for contemporary outdoor furniture.

Cast aluminum tabletop

Extruded aluminum tabletop

Craftsmanship: How Extruded Aluminum Furniture is Made:

Crafting extruded aluminum outdoor furniture is a meticulous process that requires skill, precision, and attention to detail. It begins with high-quality aluminum ingots, which are heated to a precise temperature to achieve optimal malleability. The heated aluminum is then forced through a die using hydraulic pressure, shaping it into the desired profile. Next, the extruded aluminum undergoes various finishing processes, such as cutting, bending, and welding, to create the final piece of furniture. One of the defining features of extruded aluminum furniture is its ability to accommodate a wide range of designs, from sleek and minimalist to ornate and traditional. Whether you prefer clean lines like our Soho Collection or intricate details as seen in our Turin Collection, extruded aluminum offers unparalleled versatility, allowing designers to bring their creative visions to life..

Why Aluminum is a Great Material for Backyard Furniture:

  • Durability: Extruded aluminum is highly resistant to rust, corrosion, and fading, ensuring that your furniture remains pristine even after years of exposure to the elements.

  • Lightweight: Despite its robustness, aluminum is remarkably lightweight, making it easy to move and rearrange your outdoor space as needed.

  • Low Maintenance: Unlike wood or wrought iron, aluminum requires minimal maintenance. A simple wipe-down with mild soap and water is usually sufficient to keep it clean and looking its best.

  • Versatility: Aluminum's versatility extends beyond its durability. It can be easily molded into various shapes and designs, allowing endless customization options to suit any outdoor aesthetic.

  • Eco-Friendly: Aluminum is a highly recyclable material, making it an environmentally sustainable choice for outdoor furniture. You're investing in quality and a greener future when you choose Chair King Backyard Store's aluminum deck furniture.

Proper Maintenance and Cleaning of Aluminum Patio Furniture:

While aluminum yard furniture is inherently low maintenance, proper care and cleaning can help prolong its lifespan and keep it looking like new:

  • Regular Cleaning: To remove dirt, dust, and debris, wipe down the furniture with a soft cloth or sponge dampened with mild soap and water. Avoid scouring pads, as they may scratch the surface.

  • Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Refrain from using harsh chemicals or solvents on extruded aluminum, as they can damage the finish and compromise its integrity. Stick to gentle, non-abrasive cleaning agents to preserve the beauty of your furniture.

  • Protect Against Scratches: While aluminum is resistant to scratching, we recommend using coasters or placemats under heavy objects to prevent scratches and dents. Similarly, consider using furniture covers during prolonged storage or inclement weather to protect against damage.

  • Touch-Up Minor Imperfections: If your furniture does sustain minor scratches or scuffs, contact our customer support team for your local Backyard Specialist for touch-up paint. Simply apply a thin layer to the affected area and allow it to dry thoroughly before using the furniture again.

By following these simple maintenance tips, you can ensure that your aluminum outdoor furniture retains its beauty and functionality for years to come, allowing you to enjoy countless moments of outdoor bliss.


From its rich history and meticulous craftsmanship to its myriad benefits and easy maintenance, aluminum is an excellent material choice for outdoor furniture. Whether you're lounging by the pool, hosting a barbecue with friends, or simply savoring a quiet moment in nature, find the aluminum patio set that best suits your needs online or in a Chair King Backyard Store outdoor furniture showroom near you.

 

16th Apr 2024 nbrown@chairking.com BigCommerce

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