Over the years, one of the most popular choices in outdoor furniture has been classic wooden pieces like picnic tables or Adirondack chairs. While certainly a handsome option, wooden furniture comes with several drawbacks as it is vulnerable to moisture, changes in temperature, insects, and mold or mildew. In recent years, the development of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) lumber has offered furniture manufacturers and homeowners a material that is impervious to all of these problems. Furniture made from HDPE, also called poly furniture, does not absorb moisture, meaning it will never rot, nor will changing humidity cause it to warp. It is also completely resistant to insects and fungi, as well as other corrosive substances or environmental stressors like salt spray. Unlike wood, poly furniture requires no sealing or similar maintenance to stay in good shape.
If you’re worried about sacrificing the aesthetics of wood to reap the benefits of HDPE, don’t. While not mimicking wood precisely, poly furniture is available in a veritable rainbow of colors, and HDPE lumber itself is manufactured to exact specifications and easily recreates the clean lines that characterize the majority of wooden deck furniture. In addition, HDPE does not fade, so you can enjoy your poly furniture looking like new for years to come.
In addition to being effectively invulnerable and maintenance-free, poly furniture is also among the most environmentally friendly options. HDPE is primarily made from post-consumer plastic waste with the finished material containing over 90% recycled plastic by weight. Its environmental benefits include the fact that no trees are cut down to make it, it keeps tons of plastic out of landfills, and it requires no harsh chemicals to clean. For its durability, aesthetics, and environmental friendliness, poly furniture is an excellent choice for your patio.
If you’re in the market for some poly patio furniture, check out our selection at Patio Furniture Industries.