Material Overview: Resin Wicker
MATERIAL OVERVIEW: RESIN WICKER
Posted by Chair King Backyard Store
Handwoven. Versatile. Low Maintenance.
The right outdoor furniture can transform your outdoor space into whatever you need it to be. Among the many patio furniture materials we offer, resin wicker remains a customer favorite for its style variety, durability, and value. From its origin to how to properly care for wicker backyard furniture, this is your comprehensive guide to Chair King Backyard Store's resin wicker patio furniture.
The History of Resin Wicker Outdoor Furniture
To better understand resin wicker's appeal, it's essential to know its history. Wicker furniture gained popularity during the Victorian era when weaving became synonymous with elegance and sophistication. The term "wicker" refers to the method of weaving flexible, slender branches into intricate patterns to create furniture pieces.
However, "resin wicker" is a more recent development. It emerged as a response to the challenges faced by traditional wicker furniture, which was often susceptible to environmental elements like rain and sunlight. Resin wicker, also known as all-weather or synthetic wicker, was introduced to overcome these limitations, providing a durable and weather-resistant alternative for outdoor use.
What is Resin Wicker, and How is it Made?
Resin wicker is a synthetic material crafted from polyethylene, a type of plastic with remarkable durability. The production process involves extruding the polyethylene material into thin strands, which are then woven over an aluminum or steel frame to create the signature wicker pattern. Higher quality resin wicker backyard furniture will always have an aluminum frame like those featured in our San Lucas, Tangiers, Barcelona, and Siesta collections, as aluminum frames are more durable than steel. The result is a material that captures the classic charm of traditional wicker while boasting enhanced resilience against the elements. The weaving process allows for a wide range of designs, from intricate patterns reminiscent of classic wicker to more contemporary and streamlined looks like our Hampton or Chelsea collections. This versatility makes resin wicker a popular choice for various outdoor furniture styles, ranging from classic to modern.
Why Resin Wicker is Great for Deck Furniture
Weather Resistance: One of the primary reasons resin wicker has become a go-to material for outdoor furniture is its exceptional resistance to the elements. Unlike natural wicker, which can deteriorate when exposed to rain and sunlight, resin wicker maintains its integrity, making it an ideal choice for outdoor settings.
Durability: The synthetic nature of resin wicker imparts a high level of durability. It can withstand harsh weather conditions and daily wear and tear that outdoor furniture often experiences, ensuring years of use with warranties that range from five to seven years.
Low Maintenance: Resin wicker requires minimal maintenance compared to its natural counterpart. It is resistant to moisture, mold, and fading, reducing the need for constant upkeep. Regular cleaning and occasional checks are usually sufficient to keep resin wicker deck furniture looking pristine.
Versatility in Design: The extrusion process allows for a wide array of designs and styles. Whether you prefer a traditional, intricate weave or a more contemporary look with striated stands, resin wicker can be molded to suit your aesthetic preferences. This versatility makes it easy to find resin wicker furniture that complements your outdoor space.
Lightweight and Portable: Despite its sturdy construction, resin wicker furniture remains lightweight, making it easy to rearrange and move around your outdoor space. This feature adds to the convenience of resin wicker, allowing you to adapt your outdoor setting to different occasions.
How to Properly Maintain and Clean Resin Wicker Patio Furniture
While resin wicker is known for its low-maintenance nature, proper care ensures that your outdoor furniture retains its beauty and functionality over the years. Here are some tips for maintaining and cleaning resin wicker:
Regular Cleaning: Dust and debris can accumulate on resin wicker surfaces, so schedule regular wipe-downs with a cloth or soft brush. For a more thorough cleaning, use a mild soap solution and water and gently scrub the wicker. Avoid harsh chemicals that may damage the material.
Avoid Pressure Washing: While resin wicker is resilient, using a pressure washer can be too aggressive and may lead to damage. Stick to a garden hose or a bucket of soapy water for cleaning, and use a soft sponge or brush to scrub gently.
Protect from Harsh Elements: While resin wicker is designed to withstand the elements, prolonged exposure to extreme conditions can still take a toll. Consider covering your furniture during the winter months with outdoor furniture covers or when not in use for an extended period. Covers help prevent unnecessary wear and tear.
Cushion Care: If your resin wicker furniture includes cushions, follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer. Cushions may have specific cleaning requirements, and proper care ensures they remain comfortable and appealing. For information about how to maintain outdoor fabrics, visit our fabric and patio furniture care page.
Storage During Winter: If possible, store your resin wicker furniture indoors during winter months. Any additional protection against cold temperatures can prevent potential damage caused by freezing and thawing.
Whether you're furnishing a sprawling patio, a cozy balcony, or a lush garden, resin wicker offers a versatile and stylish solution. With proper care and maintenance, your resin wicker furniture can continue to enhance your outdoor living spaces, providing a comfortable and inviting environment for years to come. Explore the largest selection of resin wicker outdoor furniture online or in a Chair King Backyard Store showroom near you to relax in style.