Metal Garden Furniture Buyers Guide
Metal garden furniture has changed dramatically in the last few years, out is the old style painted cast iron which was extremely heavy and needed substantial maintenance in the form of annual painting to prevent rust. In are aluminium and powder coated steel which need virtually no maintenance are are light enough to move around the garden in the quest to follow the sun. The old cast iron garden furniture sets were usually constructed on Victorian lines which suited a classic English garden and house. However modern houses and gardens are constructed on clean chic minimalist lines totally unsuitable to the cast iron. Today's designs are clean, contemporary and much more suited to a modern busy lifestyle. All our outdoor garden furniture is sourced by Keith Laird and Ian Hodgett who have over 60 years experience between them in sourcing the best quality products at competitive prices, often travelling far afield to Asia and Europe. Our respected suppliers include Alexander Rose, Norfolk Leisure and LifestyleGarden and as one of the UK’s largest retailers we are able to negotiate deals to ensure you pay the best possible price for your garden furniture. If you have any queries or just can’t make up your mind please call our Customer Services team who will be happy to help.
All our metal garden furniture is made from powder coated tubular steel or aluminium. Both materials are virtually maintenance free and rust proof, giving you furniture which will last for many years, provided it is cared for in an appropiate manner.
The big advantage of our metal garden furniture is that it is very lightweight so ideal if you wish to move the sets around the garden to follow the sun or if you have disabilities preventing you lifting heavy objects. Metal garden furniture needs very little maintenance, just give a wash down in spring with a warm water and soap solution to remove any grit or dirt accumulated over the winter. If the powder costing does chip just touch up with a little car spray paint or nail varnish. Metal garden furniture is also available in a variety of styles to suit both classic English gardens or minimalist urban outdoor living spaces.
The lightweight nature of metal furniture which is such a great advantage can also be a disadvantage as it is light enough to blow around in a high wind, so if storms or strong winds are forecast it must be secured, either all tied together or moved into a garage or sheltered position. If it is left out in storm conditions it can get buckled and bent and severely scratched. Metal chairs are nowhere near as comfortable as the rattan weave lounge sets but if you just want a dining set they are perfectly serviceable.
As with most things in life you get what you pay for and with garden furniture it most definitely pays to buy the very best you can afford. If you want cutting edge styling then you will have to pay a premium but a simple good quality bistro set can cost as little as £300. All our metal furniture is sourced from the very best, most respected manufacturers so you can be assured of a quality product which will last for many years.
Metal garden furniture from Hayes takes very little maintenance, ideal for those of us who have a busy lifestyle. All it needs is a wash down in spring with a mild soap and warm water solution to remove any dirt and grit accumulated over the winter. If it does get scratched just spray with a car body paint or retouch minor chips with nail varnish. Teak garden furniture in comparison has to be protected every couple of years to ensure it maintains it’s lovely rich colour.
A good quality set from Hayes should last at least 15 years provided you keep it secure over the winter and don’t allow it to blow around in the wind. Keeping it maintained will also ensure you get the maximum use out of your garden furniture.