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Outdoor Resin Wicker Furniture: An Introduction.

Updated on February 16, 2010

Resin Wicker Outdoor Furniture.

Outdoor resin wicker furniture with water-proof cushions, aluminum frame and synthetic weave for long-lasting beauty in the harshest environments.
Outdoor resin wicker furniture with water-proof cushions, aluminum frame and synthetic weave for long-lasting beauty in the harshest environments.

Outdoor Resin Wicker.

Gone are the days when beauty was the only factor that motivated homeowners to buy a piece of furniture; today more and more people are seeing that having a home entails more than just beauty -- quality has to be taken into consideration as well. With the need for long-lasting furniture solutions in the backyard resort, various techniques have been refined and created to accentuate the elegance that many homes boast with each type of furniture. One popular technique that has accompanied many industries since ancient Egypt and the ruins of Pompeii has been the use of wicker. 

Outdoor resin wicker styles.

Beautiful texture on these resin wicker deck chairs.
Beautiful texture on these resin wicker deck chairs.
Bar - top height outdoor wicker barstools and table.
Bar - top height outdoor wicker barstools and table.
This resin wicker is a shade of grey instead of the espresso brown and textured brown.
This resin wicker is a shade of grey instead of the espresso brown and textured brown.

Types of Wicker and Weaved.

Wicker has been wrongly defined for ages as a type of material and many people even assume that it is used to refer to the actual furniture that is produced from a certain material. Wicker, however, is not a material but a weaving technique that skillfully uses a wide variety of natural and synthetic materials to arrive at a final product. Common products that have been graced with the glory of this weaving technique are: baskets, decorative objects, boats, and even outdoor wicker patio furniture.

In the past natural fibers were used in the wicker weaving process, but with the passing of time and need for mass production to satisfy the demand for high-quality furniture options various synthetic substitutes have been introduced in the market. Also, natural products like rattan have a tendency to crack and break outdoors. Among the popular synthetic substitutes that are readily available on the market is the presence of a special type of furniture crafted with polyethylene resin fiber. This type of fiber has been highly esteemed in various industries given its sturdiness, long-lasting quality and ability to imitate many natural fibers when dye is applied.

Outdoor resin wicker comfort and durability.

Two deck chairs to match larger resin wicker sets in the backyard.
Two deck chairs to match larger resin wicker sets in the backyard.
Backyard patio resin wicker is available with several different fabric selections including sunbrella and marine grade water proof.
Backyard patio resin wicker is available with several different fabric selections including sunbrella and marine grade water proof.
Sofa, Love seats and ottoman.
Sofa, Love seats and ottoman.

Polyethylene Resin Fiber in Outdoor Wicker Furniture.

There are essentially two types of resin that are known to man: natural and synthetic. The synthetic type is really what the name suggests: an artificial material that is manufactured by a production process called esterification. Natural resin on the other hand is not man-made and is owes it existence to the hydrocarbon secretion that is common in many plants.

The synthetic resin fiber that is used in the wicker weaving process is known to stand-up to the most adverse elements. Unlike natural fibers that are susceptible to humidity, dust and a list of other environmental factors, polyethylene resin can withstand just about any temperature variation without presenting any type of deterioration in its structure. The best part about polyethylene resin is that is does not chip, warp or shrink making it an ideal candidate when it comes to outdoor patio furniture. The dye that is applied during the manufacturing process makes it a maintenance free material that does not need constant upkeep to preserve its elegance. It is also easy to clean and does not entail the cautions and care that have to be taken into consideration when dealing with natural fibers. 

Outdoor Resin Wicker Quality and Comfort.

Two chaise loungers attached at the aluminum frame create a sofa set made for beauty and durability outdoors.
Two chaise loungers attached at the aluminum frame create a sofa set made for beauty and durability outdoors.
Outdoor wicker chaise lounges are adjustable for sitting up, reading and sleeping while enjoying the backyard resort.
Outdoor wicker chaise lounges are adjustable for sitting up, reading and sleeping while enjoying the backyard resort.
Resin wicker detail shows striations in the resin wicker weave over aluminum.
Resin wicker detail shows striations in the resin wicker weave over aluminum.

Shopping Outdoor Resin Wicker Furniture.

There are many resin wicker products on the market and each accompanies a wide price structure that attends to different types of budgets. While it is easy to find a resin wicker chair for $100. and another for $500. consumers are easily tempted to pick the former. There are many factors that come into play when it comes to quality and to long-lasting solutions.   Most of the time you will get what you pay for and if long lasting, low-maintenance beauty is desired, the less expensive option is not always the best choice.

The weave should be tight and there should be no space in between. If gaping spaces are present then this is a weak point that will lead to the gradual deterioration of the furniture.   Many clients look to the weave for beauty but test it to ensure a tightness that will allow resilience when the furniture is used outdoors while staying tight.  Natural fibers have a tendency to crack and break outdoors but synthetic wicker furniture will not break regardless of the weather.

What is the Frame made of? It does not make any sense to have a high-quality long lasting resin wicker if the frame is susceptible to deterioration. Always check to see if the frame is made from aluminum and if it is, check to see the finish applied to ensure that it lasts long. Never chose a bolted aluminum frame over a welded one, because the former does not offer the sturdiness and longevity that the former has. A powder-coated aluminum should always be at the top of any outdoor furniture shopping list, because it is known to resist corrosion. If you prefer a wooden frame (think again!), all care should be taken to ensure that the wood that is used can withstand the elements and changing temperatures. 

Resin wicker is long lasting and beautiful in any backyard design. The frame is usually invisible providing only support for the weave. Powder coating is used on cast iron, steel, imported aluminum and other products that will rust or corrode outdoors. The best quality (and most expensive) uses pure aluminum for the outdoor wicker furniture frame. Find inexpensive resin wicker outdoor furniture for your home but make sure the frame is aluminum or powder coated steel. Like anything else the powder coating can become damaged and the inner material made susceptible to rust and corrosion so some maintenance will be necessary if aluminum is not used.

Cleaning your outdoor patio furniture should be as easy as a soap-filled spray bottle and a hose because synthetic resin wicker is not affected by heat or moisture. Most outdoor furniture manufacturers will use water-resistant fabrics and mildew-resistant stuffing if they are also building the furniture frame from aluminum. This lowers the need for constant maintenance. Resin wicker furniture for backyard use is becoming less expensive and more attractive every year.

Modular Outdoor Wicker Furniture.

Modular resin wicker outdoor furniture can be arranged and re-arranged to fit whatever space you place it.
Modular resin wicker outdoor furniture can be arranged and re-arranged to fit whatever space you place it.

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      grillrepair 8 years ago from florida

      thank you simon. i thank God often that I live in Florida. The tourist and backwards legislation can be annoying but the ocean is awesome and the weather is wonderful. Today it is 45 degrees, the coldest day of the year. The same manufacturer I buy a lot of resin wicker furniture from also makes eucalyptus and teak furniture. Hardwoods will get stronger as they age even in cold weather. Aluminum is also good. I apologize but I do not know if synthetic resin wicker will have trouble in sub-freezing weather. I will find out.

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      sbyholm 8 years ago from Finland

      Is there outdoor furniture that you can leave outdoors during winter? Maybe just covering it with something to easily remove the snow when you want to use it.

      I know some materials get really stiff and can easily break when you have below zero temperatures, but I don't what material to look for.

      It can be really nice to sit outside in early spring / late winter when there is still snow but the sun keeps you warm in the day.

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