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Are you designing or renovating your restaurant, cafe, bistro or hotel or other hospitality business? Selecting the right type of furntiure is imperative to the ambience, comfort and overall experience of your clients. Below is an outline of four types of furniture materials and conditions where they are best suited.

Outdoor Restaurant Furniture

When you are deciding on what type of outdoor furniture you need for your restaurant, café, or home, it is important to consider the different strengths and weaknesses of the materials available.

There are four natural weather elements that affect your seating; heat, ultraviolet rays, rain, and wind. Teak, aluminum, steel, and plastic furniture all react to these factors in a variety of ways.

Steel is the heaviest of the materials, which makes it the best choice for windy areas. It is also very resistant to UV damage, though it can heat up quickly so umbrellas and other coverings are recommended if you opt for this product. Because steel has such high heat absorption however, it makes it a quick-dry surface for rainy locations. There is also a bit of variety with this option; you can order the steel in stainless or powder-coated depending on which appearance you prefer.

Teak is a great choice for that natural, wood look and feel, though long-term maintenance is required to protect it from UV damage. The base dictates the weight of the table, so you can customize your purchase based on whether you want easily transportable or wind-resistant furniture. Over-heating is not an issue with wood, however that means that rain will not dry off as quickly as with metal.

Aluminum is very rust-resistant, and cast aluminum is even more effective against patina. It is a very low-maintenance metal. Direct sunlight may cause it to over- heat, but for the most part Aluminum is a good bet anywhere. It is heavy enough to be wind-resistant, and because it is a metal it does not absorb rain, making it a quick-dry material. For an environment that is prone to inclement weather, or if you are looking for furniture that can be tough but upscale, cast aluminum is your best bet.

Plastic is the economically-priced option; it is light for easy transport (but vulnerable to wind), and dries fast but not as quickly as metal. Heat is reflected, not absorbed, so it stays cool. This product is affected by ultraviolet radiation. For a casual dining establishment that is in need of equally casual seating, plastic is the optimal preference.

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