Teak has been used for centuries in the construction of outdoor artifacts, ship decks, furnishings and flooring, in all those places where strong resistance to water and salt is required, together with dimensional stability, impermeability and, not least, beauty.
In addition to teak, considered one of the best woods for outdoor furniture, there are also other exotic or European woods, in any case they must be properly treated, periodically, to increase resistance to humidity. Today, in the design of outdoor furniture, wood is often combined with fabrics, for chairs and armchairs, to increase comfort. By choosing high quality products there is the certainty of a very long life, taking care of a minimum of maintenance to preserve the beauty and solidity of the furnishings.
Aluminum is a metal that combines an important mechanical rigidity with a low weight and is therefore particularly suitable for the manufacture of outdoor furniture that will be light and easy to move.
This metal does not rust and its structure guarantees stability even in extreme circumstances, of particular atmospheric turbulence. The aluminum surfaces are resistant to acid substances such as vinegar, lemon or wine, which makes them ideal for the dining table. The gloss of the top remains unaltered even in contact with very hot dishes.
Modern coloring treatments are very resistant to bad weather and sun. Aluminum is also maintenance-free and can stay outdoors during the winter.
In the most current trend it is combined with teak or other exotic woods.
If properly treated, iron is an excellent material for the outdoors, used both in furnishings and in shading structures such as gazebos and pergolas. The manufacturing processes that guarantee its beauty are different. Cataphoresis is a special paint that gives the iron elements resistance to corrosion; it is characterized by the uniform deposit on the surface of an epoxy resin, which avoids rust. Hot dip galvanizing is another treatment that allows furniture to stay outdoors all year round.
Stainless steels are iron-based alloys with peculiar characteristics resistant to corrosion: furnishings made of this material are indestructible and, if treated correctly, do not need maintenance.
Plastic models can be classic or design, in particular shapes and colors, they can play an important stylistic role in modern environments. This furniture can stay outdoors all year round. They are light and easy to clean, economical and durable.
It is an ideal material for outdoors because it does not require maintenance; it is woven by hand on painted aluminum structures. Resistant to heat and frost, it lends itself to the creation of sofas, low armchairs and sun and relaxation loungers. Similar to the weaving fiber are technological fabrics, robust and elastic: they do not wrinkle, do not tear, do not shrink, they are resistant to sunlight (so the color does not fade), to bad weather and stains. Among the most robust fabrics is airlon, a smooth and soft to the touch canvas, made with 100% polyester fiber. Textilene, acrylic fabrics and those coated with a layer of PVC to make them waterproof are also very valid.
The service furnishings.
When organizing the outdoor space, it is also worth considering service structures such as houses and sheds for tool sheds. The use is mostly that of an extension (or replacement) of the garage, for lawn mowers, bags of fertilizer and soil, bicycles and mopeds, toys. You can also equip a corner with a workbench; if the environment is large and airy, there is the possibility of hanging clothes indoors in case of bad weather. The shed should be placed in a secluded and not very visible corner, preferably hidden by a backdrop of vegetation or a high hedge of evergreens.
If the outdoor space is just to be observed, plants and architectural structures will be sufficient; but much more often the garden and terrace are intended as environments to be lived in; it is useful and pleasant to complement them not only with furnishing elements but also with equipment that simplifies daily life.
The elements for furnishing the environment can also become fundamental for their aesthetic and stylistic role, capable of underlining the atmospheres that you want to evoke through the plants and the style of the green space.
We hope we helped you understand the materials better. If you come and visit us in Iperverde , you will be able to see all our models and we would be happy to help you choose the right one for you!