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What is the best fabric for outdoor cushions? Is Sunbrella worth the cost?

It can be difficult to find clear and correct information on outdoor fabrics and cushions.  Most sources of information come from vendors trying to push a specific product (which I myself am guilty of here, although I am trying to give unbiased information before I do so). Different fabric types have different advantages, and perhaps even more important than the fabric itself is how the fabric is dyed and treated. There are 2 dyeing process: batch or piece dying, where dye is applied to the surface of already created fibers, vs. solution dyeing, where the polymer is dyed when it is in liquid (i.e. solution) form before it is made into strands.  Solution dyed fabrics are straight up superior to those...

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What Material is best for Patio Furniture?

The first characteristic you should look at to determine the quality of patio furniture is the material of the pieces.  Patio furniture can be made out of many different materials such as steel, iron, aluminum, wood, rattan, molded plastic, or resin. This post discusses the pros and cons of the most popular materials.  Aluminum is widely considered the best metal for patio furniture.  The biggest advantage of aluminum over iron or steel is that it doesn't rust.  When aluminum comes in contact with air, an oxide layer forms that keeps out oxygen and water (unlike iron, which has a permeable oxide layer which water and oxygen can continue to pass through). This characteristic lets you keep aluminum furniture out in rain, wind, and snow.  Aluminum is much lighter than...

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