There are many different materials and styles available in porch benches.
Plastic, wood, wicker, or metal are commonly materials to make porch bench. Many porch benches are constructed out of combination of metal and wood, like the traditional park bench that has a cast iron frame and arms, slatted wooden seat, and backrest. Porch benches can be found with or without backrests, and the do-it-yourselfer can build simple bench from plans freely available on the Internet.
The most commonly used in the construction of porch benches are cast iron and aluminum.
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Iron is heavier than aluminum, and cast iron porch bench needs to be painted periodically if exposed to the elements to retain their beauty and prevent rust. Aluminum is a lighter weight than cast iron and doesn’t rust, but it can corrode when exposed to salt and some other contaminants. Metal porch benches have hard seats and will require cushions for comfort, and wood is the more popular material for porch benches.
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Porch benches are available in variety of woods. Eucalyptus and cedar are good choices for a porch bench since they resist insect infestations. Teak and eucalyptus contain oils that help resist water, making these woods a good choice for furniture in an outdoor environment like a porch. Wooden benches can be either flat or designed with curved seats and backrests to provide more comfort and support. They can be found in styles with or without armrests.
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Plastic resin benches are available in different styles. Some are made of one solid piece of plastic with back and armrests, and some are woven to resemble wicker. They come in a variety of colors. Plastic benches generally don’t last as long as metal or wooden furniture, but they have the advantages of being lightweight and low maintenance, only requiring an occasional cleaning. Recycled plastic furniture is also available for the environmentally conscious consumer.