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Material Spotlight: Polymer

Material Spotlight:
Polymer

Posted by Fortunoff Backyard Store

Marine-Grade & Low Maintenance.

As the only marine-grade material we carry, polymer stands out for its style and durability. It's low maintenance and has some of the longest-lasting warranties compared to other outdoor furniture sets and materials. However, there’s more to polymer patio furniture than a tough exterior and hardy construction. In this blog, we cover everything you need to know about polymers, beginning with its history.

The History of Polymer Patio Furniture:

Polymer outdoor furniture originated in the mid-20th century. It derived from advancements in materials science and the demand for durable, weather-resistant outdoor furnishings. One significant milestone in the development of polymer deck furniture was the introduction of polyethylene in the 1950s. Polyethylene, a versatile plastic known for its durability and resistance to environmental factors such as moisture and UV radiation, revolutionized the production of outdoor furniture. During the mid-20th century, designers and manufacturers began experimenting with polyethylene and other polymers to create outdoor furniture that could withstand the rigors of outdoor use while maintaining aesthetic appeal. These early efforts laid the foundation for the modern polymer outdoor furniture industry as we know the material today.

Understanding Polymer:

Before delving into the advantages of polymer patio furniture, let's grasp what polymer is and how we manufacture it. In short, polymers are large molecules composed of repeating structural units, forming long chains. These chains can be natural, like cellulose in plants, or synthetic, like polyethylene and polypropylene, which is what we use in our Farmhouse Collection. Polymer furniture typically employs synthetic polymers due to their superior durability and weather resistance. The manufacturing process involves melting the polymer resin and molding it into desired shapes, allowing for a variety of designs and styles.

Why Choose Polymer Backyard Furniture:

  • Weather Resistance: Unlike traditional materials prone to rust, rot, or decay, polymer furniture withstands the harshest outdoor elements with ease. It doesn't warp, crack, or fade under prolonged exposure to sunlight, rain, or snow, ensuring year-round enjoyment.

  • Low Maintenance: Polymer furniture demands minimal maintenance. An occasional scrub with mild soap and water is all you need to do to maintain its appearance.

  • Versatility: From sleek modern designs to classic Adirondack chairs, polymer furniture caters to diverse tastes and preferences. Its moldability allows for intricate detailing and customization, enabling you to curate outdoor spaces that reflect your personality and style.

  • Durability: Polymer furniture is built to last. Its sturdy construction withstands heavy use and high traffic areas, making it ideal for bustling outdoor entertaining spaces or tranquil garden retreats. Invest once, and enjoy years of unwavering performance.

  • Eco-Friendly: Many polymer outdoor furniture pieces are crafted from recycled materials, offering a sustainable alternative to virgin plastic or wood. So, by choosing polymer, you elevate your outdoor experience and contribute to environmental conservation efforts.

Maintaining Your Polymer Deck Furniture:

While polymer furniture boasts remarkable durability and resilience, a little TLC goes a long way in preserving its beauty. Here are some simple polymer maintenance tips:

  • Regular Cleaning: Periodically wash your polymer furniture with a mild detergent and water solution to remove dirt, pollen, and other debris. A soft brush or cloth works wonders for stubborn stains, while a gentle rinse with a hose restores its luster.

  • Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Steer clear of abrasive cleaners, solvents, or bleach-based products, as they can damage the polymer surface and compromise its integrity. Stick to mild, non-abrasive cleaning agents to safeguard your furniture's longevity.

  • Protective Measures: Invest in furniture covers or storage solutions to shield your polymer pieces during inclement weather or prolonged periods of disuse. While polymer is inherently weather-resistant, these precautions help prolong its lifespan and minimize maintenance requirements.

  • Avoid High Heat: While polymer furniture thrives in outdoor environments, excessive heat exposure can cause it to warp or deform. Position your furniture away from direct sunlight or use umbrellas and canopies to provide shade and reduce heat buildup.

  • Inspect Regularly: Keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear, such as cracks, chips, or loose fittings. Promptly address any issues to prevent further damage and ensure your furniture remains safe and functional.


By incorporating these simple maintenance practices into your routine, you can preserve the beauty and integrity of your polymer outdoor furniture for years of enjoyment.

From its humble origins to its status as a staple in outdoor living spaces worldwide, polymer furniture embodies the perfect union of form and function. Its weather-resistant properties, low maintenance requirements, and versatility make it the ultimate choice for discerning homeowners and design enthusiasts seeking to elevate their outdoor experience. Ready to explore Fortunoff Backyard Store's polymer accessories and furniture selection? Shop online or in a showroom near you to experience the best of polymer patio furniture.

22nd Feb 2024 nbrown@chairking.com BigCommerce

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