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Tips on Buying outdoor furniture

Great patio furniture brings comfort and function to your outdoor spaces. With a spacious table and comfortable chairs a basic patio can be transformed into a cozy area for entertaining. Choosing patio furniture should not be a hard decision and several factors should be taken into consideration including price, style and maintenance -  remember though, price doesn’t always equate to quality.

Outdoor furniture is most commonly made out of wood, metal, plastic, wicker or a combination thereof. Focus mostly on the cushions themselves–some sets may not come with them–because this is where your comfort is going to come from. When you choose the material, consider the climate you live in and how well it will hold against the elements. It's a good idea to choose something that has matching seats, benches and canopies if you want a co-ordinated look. You should measure and plan where you will put the furniture to ensure you have room for the entire set, including an umbrella to provide shade.

Remember that most outdoor furniture requires maintenance.  It may require re-staining, steam-cleaning or covering during harsh weather periods.  Be sure to know what maintenance your outdoor furniture requires as this will add to the cost of the furniture over the long run.

Excerpt from Canada Realty News June 2015.

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