Cedar Outdoor Furniture - Advantages of Cedar
Properties and care
Red Cedar wood is one of the most durable and best materials for outdoor furniture, due to its unique composition. It is incredibly strong and holds up in all weather conditions, making it a wood that will last for years. Part of the wood’s makeup means it has an aromatic oil that repels insects and snakes, making it a great outdoor furniture to sit on at night, as it helps keep the ‘nasties’ away.
This oil also protects the wood from fungi, making it resistant to rot.
An added bonus of having this type of furniture out in the elements is that it stays cool. This means no discomfort that often comes with sitting on plastic and metal exterior furnishings after it has been exposed to the harsh sun.
Cedar outdoor furniture has a beautiful appearance (cinnamon-colored), providing an elegance that will compliment a wide style of homes. This color can be maintained by adding a clear stain to the wood, but alternatively, if it is left to age naturally, it will turn to a soft silver/gray color. Pieces built from quality, natural timber will be furniture that lasts for years.
Experts say the key to buying the best red cedar furniture lies in the tree’s history. More than anything else, this history affects the quality of the timber and is the key to getting the best pieces. If it is taken directly from the tree’s natural growing area, you can be assured that you are receiving the highest quality wood. Timber from natural forests will contain all of the oils that help trees to survive in the wild and protect your garden furniture.
While cedar possesses a high level of natural oils and is highly resilient to the elements of nature, many people still prefer to give it a coat of stain as an extra layer of defense. A small amount of transparent stain every one to two years is recommended. Painting this timber is not recommended as it cracks easily due to the oil moisture levels in it.
Cedar Garden Furniture Care
Spillages on your outdoor furniture should be wiped up as soon as they occur. This is especially the case for drink spills, as many carbonated products (beer, soda etc) can be very hard on clear finishes and paint if left sitting on it.
Washing the set weekly with good ole’ fashioned water is a great start to keeping it in top condition (note: it’s not good to wash bare wood). After washing down the pieces, make sure that you dry them with a cloth.