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1. What are the shipping times for different products (ex. chairs versus table tops)?

The best way to consider this is to figure if there is any additional work required for the item before shipping, (ie assembly, finishing, etc.). Our outdoor furniture, as well as table tops, bases, and stack chairs, are all ready to ship and usually go out within 2-3 days. Chairs and stools that require assembly or upholstering generally take 7-10 working days to ship. This would also hold true for most other companies that import.

For indoor furniture from other sources, lead times can be anywhere from 2-3 weeks to 10-12 weeks depending on the factory and product. Usually, the more expensive the item, the longer the lead time because it is almost always made to order.

2. What is the gauge metal used on the chairs and barstools?

We have 18 gauge on our metal chairs, the 2100 series. The wrought iron we stock is 16 gauge and the aluminum items are 1.8 mm.

3. What's the difference between the different metals and metal finishes?

Aluminum is very slow to rust. The cast aluminum from Outdoor Lifestyles is e-coated for rust resistance, then power coated to finish. Wrought iron furniture has a powder -coated finish that is baked on and is very resistant to rusting but if the finish is compromised, the exposed metal will rust.

Indoor metal chairs are, for the most part, steel with a powder coat. This finishing process makes the paint bond to the metal better than standard painting.

4. What outdoor furniture is better for what outdoor elements (hot verses cold)?

Plastic resin furniture can take most weather,  but wind and snow are not conditions in which these chairs should be left out in. Cast aluminum is good anywhere and is heavy enough to stay in place in wind, but the metal may get warm in direct sunlight. Ditto the wrought iron or tubular steel.

Strap or sling furniture is best in pool areas because it allows for the water from wet bathing suits to run off easily and is more comfortable against bare skin. It is also lighter to move around a lot.

If the outdoor dining area is large and the furniture needs to be left out in inclement winter weather, the cast aluminum is the best.

5. What type wood is used for different products and how is it treated and finished?

ORS's chairs are all made of Eastern European beeches and are stained and finished with a urethane finish.


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