You have made the choice to have a custom deck built with Trex composite decking material. You know it is low-maintenance, better for the environment, resistant to insect infestation, and makes winterizing your deck a breeze. You’ve got heating elements like a fire pit or outdoor heater to keep it usable even through the winter months, but what of the deck furniture? You need something just as durable as the composite decking itself.
Most outdoor furniture is designed to withstand the elements to a degree, but some materials are more weather resistant than others. Plastic furniture is great for the budget-conscious, but can lack aesthetic appeal. Some furniture made of strong woods, like teak, are more resistant to rot, water, and sun damage. Teak furniture can last up to 50 years, but is high maintenance. A popular choice for outdoor furniture is synthetic wicker. Unlike wicker made from natural fibers, synthetic wicker furniture is quite weather-resistant. Metal furniture is the most durable material for outdoor furniture, and with some care, can last a long time. Treated aluminum also is particularly weather-resistant and makes a great choice for outdoor furniture. Removable cushions, often made with mildew resistant materials, make metal deck furniture more comfortable and can be stored indoors when not in use.
All outdoor furniture materials have their pros and cons, so think about what you need most from your deck furniture and pick one that will fit your needs. Having a deck in Michigan means thinking about getting the most of your deck throughout the year, and you want the deck furniture you have to be as durable and long-lasting as your deck itself!