As the seasons change, now is the time to think about having an outdoor dining table that will stand up to the weather – particularly if you have plans to entertain on the porch or patio. There are so many options, however, that it can be quite confusing trying to determine which is the best choice for your outdoor living area. Here we review some of the most popular options that make for the best outdoor table material.
Powder Coated Aluminum
Let’s start with powder coated aluminum. This is a perennial favorite because it ticks a lot of boxes in terms of advantages: it is lightweight yet durable, it can be crafted into many different shapes, it is sturdy and long-lasting and it can be refinished, as necessary, to maintain its good looks.
Pictured above is the St. Catherine extension outdoor dining table. It features a powder coated aluminum frame topped by marine grade polymer, combining the two of the best outdoor table materials. This stylish outdoor dining table is made by Telescope Casual and is backed by a comprehensive warranty. You get your choice of sling fabric and tabletop color.
Marine Grade Polymer or HDPE
Next up in our list of the best outdoor table material is polymer, either marine grade or HDPE (high density polyethylene). There are many reasons why this material is such a good choice, particularly in the San Diego area. For one, it holds up exceptionally well to coastal weather and climate conditions. For another, it is very easy to maintain. Finally, polymer outdoor dining tables are both made from recycled plastic and can themselves be recycled at the end of their lifespans.
Another gorgeous patio furniture table from Telescope Casual is the Leeward sling dining set shown above. It is ultra comfortable thanks to the body-hugging sling fabric on the chairs and ultra durable, thanks to the marine grade polymer frame and tabletop. The dining table measures a generous 42 x 84 inch size that can comfortably seat eight.
The best outdoor table material we all know and love is natural wood. In particular, teak or Ipe species make beautiful patio furniture that is naturally repellant to water, insects, and rot. A dining table made from natural wood adds a warm and cozy touch to any outdoor space. Wood outdoor tables can be sanded and refinished or stained to ensure they continue to look and perform as expected for many years to come.
Wood patio furniture tables such as the Richmond 85” rectangular extension outdoor dining table shown here, are always in style and always a beautiful choice. The size of this table means you can seat between eight and 12 diners, a great choice for families who enjoy entertaining large groups. It is superbly crafted from Ipe wood and features moisture-sealed joints along with a unique cross-grain sanding technique to show off the wood’s natural beauty.
In the end when it comes to the best outdoor table material, it really depends on your needs and wants. If your dining set will be protected under a covered patio, you certainly have more leeway in terms of the type of material you select. If, however, your outdoor dining set will be exposed to the elements you may want to choose powder coated aluminum or polymer. Start by looking at the beautiful dining tables and dining sets featured at Hauser’s Patio of San Diego.