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What is the best material for outdoor furniture?

When considering what outdoor furniture you want to buy for your place, you’ll probably look for many of the same characteristics that you value in your indoor tables, chairs and sofas: durability, comfort, style, and price.

The primary difference, however, is that outdoor furniture has to endure our New Zealand weather. Outdoor furniture frames, tabletops and upholstery need to survive and look good over many seasons, and a variety of weather conditions.

Rain and Moisture

If you live in Auckland, an area with frequent rainstorms and high humidity, you want to be sure that your furniture is resistant to damage from not only water, but also to mould, mildew and rot.

Rust and Corrosion

Metal is typically the strongest and most durable material for outdoor garden furniture. Because of its strength, metal frames can be thinner and shaped into complex designs, giving manufacturers greater style flexibility. Metal is also a great choice when used in combination with other materials.

Outdoor furniture made from iron or steel are vulnerable to corrosion if they are continually exposed to water and oxygen and salt-laden air. Aluminium, however, never rusts.

Lightweight Aluminium Outdoor Set

Loads to choose from

At Modern Style Outdoor Furniture, we offer a range of aluminium outdoor furniture sets to suit a variety of tastes and preferences.


We sell aluminium outdoor furniture NZ wide. Buy online or visit our showrooms in Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton or Christchurch. If you have any questions……

Aluminium Outdoor Furniture Sets

Aluminium is the most popular metal for outdoor furniture. Despite its light weight, it is strong, durable and relatively inexpensive.

To keep aluminium doing well in all environments, powder coating is recommended. This not only increases protection against the elements and scratching, but it also allows colour to be added to the mix. Powder coating adheres well to aluminium and is resistant to fading, particularly helpful if your outdoor furniture is exposed to salt air, which tends to eat away at paint and untreated metal.

Cost of aluminium outdoor furniture

Furniture cost is not only about what you pay upfront, but it’s also about the cost in the long run. Will your outdoor furniture need to be replaced frequently? Does it take time and effort to maintain? These are key cost considerations that you might not immediately think of when evaluating alternatives and yet these considerations are some that make aluminium outdoor furniture sets from Modern Style so attractive.

Shop online for some of the best deals on aluminium outdoor furniture or visit our showrooms in AucklandTauranga or Christchurch. If you do buy online, we can deliver your furniture directly to you, or you can pick your furniture up from our showrooms.

Cushions and seating

Outdoor furniture cushions, and accent pillows are made from long-lasting fabrics. Natural fibres tend to break down over time, which is why we use Sunbrella® which is generally recognised as the ‘gold standard’ of acrylic outdoor fabrics. It is resistant to weather and cushions hold their colour longer. Sunbrella® is also easy to wash and is resistant to mould and mildew. Because it’s so long lasting, you don’t have to continually replace cushion covers, saving you money in the long run.

However, cushions and accent pillows for outdoor furniture are only as good as the materials that go into them. The foam core of your outdoor furniture has to hold its shape, be comfortable, cool and be able to dry quickly.

The pores in open-cell foam allows water and air to easily flow through and is constructed with an antimicrobial agent that protects the foam from mould and mildew growth. QuickDry®, the premium brand of open-cell foam we use, is an advanced, high-performance foam specifically engineered for outdoor furniture.