Vinyl, PVC, polyresin, plastic — call it what you will, the truth is vinyl is one of the most low-maintenance and durable materials for making patio and garden furniture in the world. Vinyl is a plastic polymer made with chlorine and ethylene; it is very flexible so can be molded into a range of products with differing flexibility and strength. Hailed as one of the most environment-friendly plastics since it consumes little natural resources to be produced and is recyclable, vinyl has been used in a number of products. It is especially useful for outdoor areas in the form of vinyl furniture or vinyl covers for furniture, or in high usage products like nursing home furniture.
Since vinyl is moisture, salt, chlorine, and oil-resistant, strong and durable, available in a number of transparent as well as solid colors, vinyl furniture is ideal for outdoor use. While the maintenance is nil, the color may fade somewhat with time. There are a variety of qualities of vinyl furniture available in the market. It is important to pay attention to the quality of the vinyl furniture you are buying — cheaper ones might be of a lower quality than you desire. Lighter weight ones may also mean lighter in quality and durability. While many people prefer non-plastic furniture like pure leather or hardwood, the fact is that vinyl can imitate these beautifully and save animals and trees in the process.
Vinyl furniture is marketed under several different brand names and product names. All-weather wicker furniture, resin, resin wicker, vinyl wicker, synthetic wicker, and recycled plastic are only some of the product names, while Poly-Wood and ResinFurnitureStore.com are the most preferred brands among a host of others. Poly-Wood produces what they call plastic lumber, a vinyl obtained from recycling bottles and other industrial material. They showcase a number of products including chairs, Adirondack chairs, stools, benches, and dining, side and coffee tables, and most of them are as heavy as their hardwood counterparts to withstand strong winds and provide durability, and are UV-resistant.
Vinyl furniture covers are another item that is increasingly gaining popularity. These covers are made with vinyl sheets which protect conventional furniture made with hardwood, wrought iron, and other materials from winds, rain, and sun, and are available in a number of colors and qualities. Luxury vinyl covers carry a layer of fleece along with the vinyl sheet to provide extra cushion to furniture, and are ideal for soft pieces of furniture made with leather or cloth. In case you choose to buy the vinyl and fleece covers, make sure that the layer of fleece is covered with another layer of vinyl or else you will find remnants of fleece on your furniture after use.
Vinyl covers can often lead to the growth of fungi and mold on the surface of the furniture and the insides of the covers if moisture and humidity get trapped inside. Also, the covers should be stored in a damp-free place when not in use. You can take a look at PatioFurnitureCovers.net for some ideas. Amazon.com is a good place to explore vinyl furniture and covers for variety and discounted rates.
This article was supplied by Nidhi Varma.