The Benefits of PV Wicker in Outdoor Furniture
When summer rolls around each year, you inevitably start to think about cookouts, lazy days in the sun – and what kind of outdoor furniture you’ll need for your for your porch, patio or garden. There are a massive range of material options to choose from – such as metal, plastic, rattan, etc. But when it comes to outdoor furniture, the most widely available option is also the best – and that’s PV wicker.
When you compare each of the main criteria that all outdoor furniture is judged upon – weight, material, cost, durability, aesthetics, long-term care – PV wicker comes up trumps every time.
We’ve put together this handy guide that compares PV wicker with its competitors, so that you can see exactly why this is the best option for your outdoor furniture needs this summer.
Why is weight important in outdoor furniture? Well – if it’s too light, the wind can topple over anything not nailed down. But if it’s too heavy, shifting your seat to catch the sun becomes a workout that you didn’t sign up for. PV wicker is really lightweight and its mesh weave makes it sturdy against the wind; it vastly outstrips plastic furniture and rattan for durability.
PV wicker is also much lighter compared to aluminium and wrought iron furniture, which allows for easy movement and storage.
In the durability stakes, PV wicker takes a definite beating. Why is durability important? Well, when it comes to outdoor furniture, there’s a trade off between long term maintenance and cost. No-one wants to spend money on outdoor furniture that they need to look after more than inside furniture.
In this regard, PV wicker is a perfect and very long lasting material. Unlike regular wicker, which is vulnerable to mold and algae, PV wicker will last for a really long time with little need for upkeep. It is vulnerable to salt damage and other pollutants, but it doesn’t rust or degrade structurally over time. So, when it rains, there’s no rushing to drag your PV wicker furniture indoors before it gets damaged.
When you compare PV wicker’s long term durability to other materials, it wins out every time. Aluminium and wrought iron furniture are extremely vulnerable to oxidation, rust and other environmental damage. They also require a lot of aftercare depending on your location.
Plastic furniture tends to accumulate mold if left in the rain unused for a while, and the likes of bamboo and rattan can get serious algae problems if left unattended for a few weeks.
To sum it up – PV wicker is completely resistant to rain, can deal with any kind of humidity and can withstand any kind of cold or heat. None of the other materials can even come close to this level of resilience.
Because organic wicker will become dry and brittle over time, causing it to crack and unravel, it’s much harder to clean. Comparatively, PV wicker is super easy to clean. You can do it with a regular garden hose. But if you’re looking to do a more in depth cleaning, here are some recommended instructions on how to care for your PV wicker set.
Some pieces of furniture even have to be professionally cleaned, adding to the cost!
PV wicker is extremely durable, beautiful, and cost effective. Whether you purchase PV wicker as an individual piece or in a whole set, it wins out against its more expensive competitors. Obviously, it depends on what sort of outdoor furniture you’re getting, but the cost of an organic wicker can be several hundreds of dollars more expensive. And when you throw in the longevity of PV wicker, it’s really a no brainer as to which is the most cost effective option. Organic will be more expensive and need to be replaced more quickly.
Compared to aluminium, metal, or even the likes of bamboo furniture, PV wicker can be much more cost effective for the discerning customer. It lasts longer, costs less to maintain, can be left out in all weather, has smaller upfront costs, and it looks great too!
So, when you’re shopping for outdoor furniture, please take all these factors into consideration. Find some examples of quality PV Wicker furniture from the Christopher Knight Home collection below: