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The Durability of Outdoor Furniture


When looking for low maintenance outdoor furniture, often a major priority is for it to also be durable. But how do you know which outdoor furniture is the most durable? Every manufacturer will tell you theirs is. With so much choice out there, it can be difficult to know which type of furniture is the best fit for you. From aluminium to wood, here is our guide to the most durable outdoor furniture available.


As manufacturers of luxury aluminium outdoor furniture with over 30 years of experience, we know just how durable aluminium outdoor furniture can be. When aluminium is manufactured properly it is the most durable material available for outdoor furniture and will last for generations. Paired with a state of the art paint finish, aluminium outdoor furniture is completely maintenance free and extremely durable. Even with lower quality aluminium furniture, the metal itself is usually sound, it will be the paint finish that has not been applied with longevity in mind. Therefore, for us, high quality aluminium is the obvious choice as it is so durable and long-lasting.

Oxley’s Barrington 6 Seater Set


Wooden outdoor furniture looks great when first bought and adds the complete natural look to your outdoor space. However wood, as a natural element, is easily affected by nature and the elements so therefore needs constant maintenance. No matter how well treated wooden furniture is, it will still be affected by mildew, lichen and the combination of heat, cold and rain causing shrinkage and cracking. It is very beautiful but the exact opposite to the maintenance free option.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a popular material for outdoor furniture as it is resistant to erosion and extremely wind resistant. It can also be a very long-lasting material but in order to keep it looking good year on year, there needs to be constant maintenance and cleaning in order to stop rust appearing over the long term.

Oxley’s Barrington Lounger and Coffee Table

Plastic Rattan

Rattan outdoor furniture has gained in popularity massively in recent years and has become one of the most popular choices. Because it is plastic you may think that it is unaffected by the elements. But it is in fact affected by UV rays from the sun which gradually changes the colour and makes the plastic weave brittle and breakable. These breaks eventually cause the threads to loosen and the structure to be unstable as it cannot be mended. Unfortunately, most plastic cannot be recycled so rattan furniture ends up in landfill.


Iron is a very strong and sturdy material and if properly sealed it can be very durable and long-lasting. However, it is very susceptible to rust and needs continual efforts to stop and remove this rust.

It is so important to find durable and maintenance free luxury garden furniture as you want to be able to leave it outside all year every year with minimal maintenance. From iron to rattan there is so much choice available but for us, aluminium is the most durable option out there and it will last for generations before eventually easily being recycled.

Every outdoor space should have its own beautiful centrepiece, that’s why our luxury garden furniture is handcrafted here in the UK by our team of expert artisans. Quintessentially English and tailor-made, our durable outdoor furniture can be found in some of the most prestigious home across the world.

Let our friendly team help you create your perfect outdoor space.

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