The Difference Between Cast Aluminum and Extruded Aluminum Patio Furniture
When shopping for patio furniture it can be hard to tell the difference between the materials used for each set. There’s wicker, wood, steel, iron, and a few different types of aluminum. In this particular blog we’re going to give you all of the details on Cast Aluminum and Extruded Aluminum.
This is a solid aluminum meaning it is not hollow. It’s been formed by a mold to keep designs at their best, providing more stability and durability. This type of furniture is also heavy and will not blow away during heavy storms. Because if the heaviness, this type of aluminum boasts more support while sitting.
This is a hollow, lightweight aluminum ideal to easily stack chairs for storage or move and rearrange. You’ll find extruded aluminum comes in more pieces, therefore winter storage is recommended for to prevent water from getting in and causing freeze damage.
Cast & Extruded Aluminum Blends
Get the best of both worlds with a blended cast and extruded aluminum set. When shopping patio furniture sets you’ll notice some brands have decided to create pieces that feature both materials. An example would be Hanamint who offers lightweight extruded aluminum legs and arms on their chairs, and then cast aluminum seats and backs to give added support.
Finally, you may want to know about “powder coated aluminum.” This refers not to a type of aluminum, but a technique that paints the aluminum. When the furniture is powder-coated, that means that the aluminum has been painted with a powder color, and then baked to form a skin that is both glossy and durable.
Whatever your preference or needs are, you can find cast aluminum, extruded aluminum and blended patio furniture sets at Stauffers Patio Showrooms where our Outdoor Designers can guide you to the perfect collection. Stop in at Rohrerstown or Mechanicsburg and we’ll help you make the most of your outdoor living space.