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Sun Protected Garden Furniture

Typically, when talking about garden furniture, everybody wants to know whether their furniture is water resistant and whether it can be left outside in bad weather conditions. But what about leaving garden furniture outdoors in the sunshine? Sunlight and UV rays can be just as harmful to certain types of garden furniture as adverse weather conditions can. So, it is important to know what types of garden furniture are resistant to the sunlight and can be left outside without risk of fading.

Rattan Garden Furniture

Rattan Garden Furniture

At White Stores, all of our rattan garden furniture is manufactured using HDPE/PE synthetic rattan materials. This is the strongest, most durable type of synthetic rattan and is completely weather resistant – including being protected from UV rays and fading. This means that your rattan furniture will keep its colour for years to come. Additionally, our rattan furniture is tested in temperatures of up to 40°C to ensue that it doesn’t melt or sag in high temperatures.

However, other types of synthetic rattan such as PU and PVC are not as durable and will often fade when exposed to direct sunlight. Plus, they are more likely to overheat and melt or sag than HDPE/PE rattan.

Cast Aluminium Garden Furniture

Cast Aluminium Garden Furniture

Cast Aluminium is the most weather resistant type of metal furniture available on the market. Unlike other metal furniture, Cast Aluminium does not heat up when exposed to direct sunlight and therefore allows you to actually sit on the furniture in hot weather as opposed to it being too hot to use. Metals like iron and steel heat up in warm weather and this makes them uncomfortable to sit upon in the height of summer.

Fabric Garden Furniture

Fabric Garden Furniture

Outdoor fabric does particularly well when exposed to sunlight, particularly fabric furniture that has been developed in partnership with Sunbrella – experts in outdoor fabric. Fabric furniture is specially formulated to be resistant to UV rays and therefore extremely resistant to fading. Additionally, the fabric will never heat up and will therefore be comfortable to sit on all year round.

Wood Garden Furniture

Wood Garden Furniture

Unlike metal garden furniture, wood furniture will not heat up when exposed to direct sunlight and is therefore more comfortable to sit on. However, wood furniture will fade and lose its original colour when left in the sun for long periods of time. But there are several wood treatments which can be applied to your furniture to help restore or maintain the wood’s colour for as long as possible.

The main time you are going to use your garden furniture is in the summer, so it is important to have furniture that is going to be comfortable in the heat as well as resistant to fading and melting. The furniture types mentioned above all have specific features which make them ideal for this time of year and will be ideal for use on sunny days.

If you need help choosing your garden furniture for the summer, then feel free to contact one of our knowledgeable sales advisors or visit one of our showrooms to test the furniture for yourself.

SPRING/SUMMER 2019 CATALOGUE