Enjoying outdoor spaces in all seasons is one of the greatest benefits to living in Charlotte. “As society moves toward a focus in making memories at home, more people see the value in finishing their patio or deck to create an outdoor living area,” says Gregg Setzer, owner of Porches & Yards, a company who offers garden and patio furniture and accessories.

But how do you choose the right outdoor furniture for the space? There are three main types of furniture to consider: natural or synthetic wicker, aluminum or wrought iron, and teak or Brazilian cherry. In general, “Outdoor living rooms are usually close to the home, so wicker would be appropriate,” Gregg says. “The further from the house, swings and chaises are more popular, and on a deck, aluminum or wrought iron looks best.”

Placement of the furniture is key to preserving the look. “Though coated with outdoor primer, natural wicker is made from all organic material and should be under covered porches,” explains Gregg. If you want the look without the worry, “Synthetic wicker is made of vinyl and durable enough to take a beating from the elements.”

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Call Porches & Yards at 704-987-3544 or visit the showroom at 20623-23A Torrence Chapel Rd. in Cornelius to see a variety of products from Laneventure, Lloyd/Flanders, Tropitone, O.W. Lee, and Kingsley Bate. Please visit our website at www.porchesandyards.com for further information.