A lot has changed in the patio industry over the past few years and sometimes it can be difficult to find the right furniture piece to complete your outdoor living space.
With over 30 years in the industry, we’re here to help you select the perfect piece to complete your backyard oasis. Over the past decade much of the furniture manufacturing has moved overseas, as a business we believe that the best quality furniture and most sustainable furniture should be manufactured in North America, and when sourcing new lines for our shop we strive to find Canadian or American made where possible.
There are many important decisions when choosing patio furniture that suits your lifestyle. Construction material, style, design and warranty are all important aspects to consider. Premium furniture is a great value because the quality construction, durable material and long warranty ensure that your furniture will be maintenance free and last for many years. Compare that to replacing a cheap set from a big box store every few years and premium patio furniture comes out on top every time.
First there’s plastic furniture, and not the plastic furniture that was available in the 90s, this plastic is meant to last. Over the past few years the recycled plastic & composite furniture sector has grown substantially. Not only does composite allow for a wide range of colours to be used, it is sustainable and durable. When looking for the perfect composite furniture be sure to find a line that has UV stabilized dye, colour throughout the material, is sourced from recycled materials and backed by a great warranty. SteelMet carries Seaside Casual, which is manufactured in Rhode Island, and covered by a 20-year warranty. Seaside makes its composite from recycled HDPE plastics (the same plastic used in composite decking, HDPE is known for its high strength to density ratio) and their dye is throughout the material and UV stabilized so it won’t fade. Composite materials offer maintenance and hassle free furniture that can be left outside all year long and can come in a variety of styles from ultra modern to a traditional Adirondack.
Metal furniture, and more specifically aluminum furniture offer another great maintenance free alternative. Aluminum is far superior to steel products, as aluminum will never rust in the elements like steel does. When looking for a metal patio set, be sure the furniture is powder coated - a painting process where the paint is baked onto the piece. All metal furniture should also come backed by a superior warranty, ideally longer than 10 years, and should include freeze damage. We carry metal furniture from Elizabeth & Grace (Winnipeg, MB) and Homecrest Outdoor Living (Minnesota, USA) both are backed by a 15-year warranty, made from aluminum and have powder coating on all their pieces. Aluminum furniture allows for a sleek and simple look when desired as not a lot of material is needed to achieve the same strength as a composite piece. Again, like composite, aluminum furniture can be left out all year round without worry of breakage or maintenance; simply wash with a hose when it’s dirty.
Now let’s talk about fire tables, for a minute. Everyone enjoys sitting outside by a fire in the summer and a beautiful fire table offers this ambiance without the smoke or mess of a wood fire pit. A good quality fire table should have all the same features as metal furniture; be backed by a great warranty, made from aluminum and powder coated. When searching for a good fire tables always look for one that comes ready for use with propane or natural gas, this makes switching easy if needed. We carry fire tables from Homecrest Outdoor Living and Napoleon (Barrie, ON) and they both come ready for propane or natural gas and in a variety of colours and styles, the perfect addition to any patio.
Whether you’re in the market now or just getting information for a future purchase we’re always here to help you layout and plan your backyard oasis. Browse our website for more information on the furniture lines we carry or stop by our show room to see them in person. We have something for everyone from modern to traditional and with so many colours and styles to choose from you’ll be sure to find one you like.