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Aluminum Patio Furniture Reigns Supreme Over Steel (Wrought Iron)

Updated: Mar 19


When you're shopping for the perfect patio furniture, the array of choices can be overwhelming. However, for many homeowners and design aficionados, the debate often narrows down to aluminum versus steel. Both metals have their merits, but aluminum, in particular, has carved out its niche as the material of choice for outdoor spaces. Here's why:

Lightweight: Aluminum is considerably lighter than steel. This might seem like a minor point, but when it comes to furniture, this attribute translates into ease of mobility. Whether you're rearranging your patio layout, storing furniture away for the season, or simply moving a chair to catch the sun, aluminum makes these tasks effortless

Durability: One of the prime considerations for outdoor furniture is its ability to withstand the elements. Aluminum is naturally resistant to corrosion, which means it won’t rust when exposed to rain or moisture. Steel, especially if not properly treated, can rust over time, leading to unsightly blemishes and a shortened lifespan. This, in addition to the unsightly stains on your patio floor or deck.

Maintenance-Free: Steel furniture often requires regular maintenance, including paint touch-ups or applications of rust inhibitors. Steel furniture sometimes has a powder-coated finish which can mitigate some of the maintenance issues. However, just one little scratch can become an unsightly blemish. Aluminum, on the other hand, usually comes with a powdered-coated finish that not only enhances its appearance but also makes it virtually maintenance-free. Simply wipe down with a damp cloth or hose off as needed. Even if it gets scratched, you don’t have to worry about rust.

Versatility in Design: Because of its malleability, aluminum can be molded into intricate patterns and designs, allowing for more diverse and artistic styles. Whether you’re looking for contemporary sleek lines, ornate vintage looks, or anything in between, aluminum offers a wide range of aesthetic choices.

Cost-Effective: While initial costs might sometimes be comparable, the longevity and low maintenance requirements of aluminum mean it offers better value over time. When you factor in potential replacements or maintenance costs associated with steel, aluminum emerges as a more economical choice in the long run.

Environmentally Friendly: Aluminum is one of the most recycled materials on the planet. When you choose aluminum furniture, there's a good chance you're opting for a product made from recycled materials. Additionally, should you ever decide to change your outdoor setup, aluminum furniture can be recycled, minimizing its environmental impact.

Thermal Properties: Aluminum doesn’t retain heat like steel does. On a hot summer day, steel furniture can become uncomfortably warm, deterring you from relaxing on your patio. Aluminum, conversely, remains cool to the touch, ensuring your comfort even in sweltering conditions.

Adaptability: Due to its innate corrosion resistance, aluminum furniture is not just restricted to dry climates or covered patios. Whether you are seaside, in a humid climate, or somewhere that experiences a lot of rainfall, aluminum stands up to the challenge.


Steel, with its inherent strength and traditional appeal, will always have its advocates. However, when tallying up the advantages, aluminum emerges as the clear winner for patio furniture. From its lightweight nature and resilience to the elements to its broad design possibilities and eco-friendliness, aluminum offers a combination of benefits that steel struggles to match. The next time you find yourself pondering over patio furniture options, remember the many reasons why aluminum might just be the best choice for your outdoor oasis.


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Southern Comfort Porch & Patio 3/9/2024

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