Patio furniture is designed to withstand the elements. With routine maintenance, patio furniture can last many years before it needs to be replaced, but how long that is exactly will depend on the materials used to construct the furniture, how much moisture it encounters, and how well it’s cared for. If your patio furniture is starting to show its age or signs of wear and tear, it may be time to consider a replacement. I recommend that you first try to clean your patio furniture to remove soil and stains, but sometimes, you might encounter reasons why there’s just no saving your old pieces.
They Appear Old and Outdated
If your patio furniture is more than ten years old, the style and pattern may be outdated. You may be able to get around having to buy an entire patio set by simply purchasing new cushions or covering the ones you already have with new fabric. Remember that there is a distinct difference between outdated furniture and antique furniture. Vintage pieces may have a higher value, so consider keeping them, donating them, or selling them for profit.
The Wood Is Rotting
Patio furniture is often constructed out of a variety of woods, such as pine, teak, redwood, or eucalyptus. Hardwoods such as jarrah and shorea are highly durable and can last upward of 50 years. Treating wood furniture with sealants and special oils can also increase its lifespan. However, untreated or aged wood may begin to rot over time due to long-term exposure to moisture. Rotted patio furniture should be replaced.
The Structure Is Breaking Down
Structural stability is of the utmost importance when it comes to any type of furniture. As patio furniture ages, the materials may begin to deteriorate, which may eventually affect the stability of the structure. Old or unstable chairs may break when sat on, leading to potential injuries. Unsteady tables may also collapse in time, especially when they’re made of less-durable materials like soft woods, wicker, or plastic.
There’s Mold or Mildew
It’s not uncommon to see mold or mildew growing on seat cushions or on the underside of a patio umbrella. If the structure of the furniture is intact, try removing the mold or mildew with a cleaning solution like borax or white vinegar. You can prevent further recurrences by removing cushions from wet conditions or covering them when it rains. Add extra protection to your outdoor fabrics by applying a spray-on waterproofing treatment that will help safeguard against moisture.
They Don’t Fit Your Home’s Design
As we age, our design preferences often evolve. The patio furniture set you loved eight years ago may no longer represent your style, or perhaps you moved and want a patio set that better complements your new home. In situations such as these, replacing your patio set is a great way to represent your current style. When purchasing new furniture, choose pieces that combine style with function, such as an aluminum patio umbrella with tilt and crank. Remember that your patio furniture is not only for display purposes but will also be used by friends and family for lounging and relaxing.