While it’s not popular enough to even be in the common lexicon just yet, it’s very nearly provable fact that the best material to put on your back porch is a cast aluminum patio set. Some so-called experts might disagree and whinge about teak, or that funky new plastic-resin pseudo-wicker, but to be blunt, that’s because most of them are living in the past when it comes to aluminum.
See, when aluminum furniture came out in the early 1960s, it was basically crap. Super lightweight tubing with webbing between, the only place that still loves this kind of cheap patio furniture sets is, perhaps ironically, Palm Springs. The ‘experts’ disdain aluminum furniture like those old chairs — but then, that’s not what modern aluminum patio sets are really all about anymore.
Today’s aluminum is cast aluminum — just like cast iron, only lighter, less inclined to rust, and a bit shinier on top of it. It has all of the flexibility of cast iron, which means it comes in shapes both classical and modern. It’s easy to clean, easy to maintain, and doesn’t require sanding and refinishing like wood, coating with UV-protectant like wicker, coasting with rust-protectant like iron, or replacing like plastic.
Literally, the basic method of maintaining a cast aluminum patio set is to spray it down with your garden hose and, if it’s not hot out, toweling it dry. Keep that up on a semi-regular basis, and cast aluminum will easily outlast you, if not your home in toto.
At the same time, cast aluminum can take on such a dizzying variety of forms that no matter what your aesthetic is (so long as it’s not “all-wood” or “wrought iron”), you’ll be able to find a cast aluminum patio set that fits your vision of the perfect backyard paradise. Even if your goal is a throwback 80s kind of concept, there’s enough cast aluminum left over from 30 years ago that you can pull that off as well.
Altogether, between the classical and/or modern stylings and the incredible ease of ownership inherent in a cast aluminum patio set, it’s easy to see why aluminum is the patio material of the future.