What material is best for commercial outdoor furniture?
Commercial outdoor furniture can help add function and comfort to any outdoor space. From wood to steel, there are a variety of materials you can choose from for your site furnishings. Consider the differences between outdoor furniture material types so you can decide which best fits your needs. Think about your needs, budget, and style as you choose the outdoor furniture best tailored to your environment.
Steel Outdoor Furniture
From park benches to restaurant patio tables, steel is a well-desired material for outdoor furniture because of its durability. The steel is protected with our maintenance-free powder-based textured polyethylene coating, which helps hide scratches and marks while keeping the product looking better longer. Unlike lighter weight materials, steel offers a much heftier weight which adds more durability. Overall, steel is the most durable and longer lasting material to use for your commercial site furnishings.
Recycled Outdoor Furniture
Our recycled planks are made of at least 96% recycled plastic material. It’s engineered to give the look of wood without the unwanted maintenance. The Gateway, Cascades, and Arches furniture in our Uptown Collection are designed with our recycled planks and powder coated frames. This material also features UV stabilizers in order to help prevent fading. These products give a more natural look and are a more suitable commercial-grade product compared to standard wood park benches.
Ipe Wood Furniture
Ipe, pronounced “ee-pay”, is a beautiful wood that adds a great natural look to any outdoor space. Also called Brazilian walnut, ipe is very durable, long lasting, and naturally resistant to abrasion, rot, and insects. It has a dense, heavy weight which makes it a great option if you’re looking for durable outdoor furniture that will last for years to come. If this is an ideal option for your, check out our Bryce Ipe Benches. With options with or without a backrest, we combine stained ipe wood with powder coated steel plate legs for an elegant, minimalistic, and natural look. The planks are cut to length, predrilled, and sealed on each end to prevent splitting. While our ipe wood is very durable, we recommend cleaning, sanding, and staining your outdoor furniture twice each year using the steps below.
Step 1: Wash the planks with an ipe wood cleaner or any type of deck cleaner.
Step 2: Once the boards are dry, lightly sand the planks and brush off any excess dirt or sawdust.
Step 3: Apply a new coat of stain. We recommend using Penofin© Hardwood Formula.