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How To Identify Quality Wrought Iron Furniture

  
  
  
  

Wrought Iron Patio FurnitureVery few materials can be made into furniture that is as attractive as it is long wearing. Many materials require sacrificing endurance for good looks, or compromising style for durability. Wrought iron furniture gives you both in a unique combination of elegance and ruggedness.

Wrought iron has been used for centuries in applications requiring strength and permanence. Today wrought iron is used in appealing patio furniture that stands the test of time. Available in classic, transitional and contemporary styling, wrought iron furniture is a smart choice, not just for the patio, but for the porch, deck and lawn.

Not all wrought iron furniture is created the same, though. When it is made well, wrought iron furniture can last a lifetime. It will withstand rigorous daily use and exposure to the harshest weather. When it's not made well, it will likely not make it into the next season without corroding.

Armed with a little knowledge, selecting the perfect set can be easy. Here are a few pointers that will help you identify quality wrought iron furniture:
  • Coating is crucial. If not properly coated, iron will oxidize and rust when exposed to water and air. It is imperative that wrought iron be adequately protected during the manufacturing process. Quality wrought iron furniture follows a laborious, multi-step process to prevent oxidation, beginning with a wash and chemical treatment, followed by an epoxy primer protective undercoat, and finished with a thick polyurethane powder coating. Inferior wrought iron offers very little protection, and often is merely treated with a coat of spray paint.

  • Welding matters. Manufacturers of quality wrought iron furniture take important additional steps to prevent moisture from causing rust by applying full-circumference welds wherever iron components intersect. Craftspersons then grind and sand the welds for a seamless transition. Rough, shoddy welding is never seen in quality wrought iron furniture.
  • It's no lightweight. Go ahead, heft it. Good wrought iron furniture is solid and heavy. Quality wrought iron furniture can often be immediately distinguished from lightweight, price-focused imports by its substantial weight alone.

  • Comfort is key. While it's substantial, it is also comfortable. In fact, quality wrought iron furniture is designed with relaxation in mind. Each piece is hand-formed to provide the utmost in comfort, something mass-produced imports cannot come close to matching.

  • Promises made, promises kept. The talented artisans who make quality wrought iron furniture take pride in their work, and they stand behind it. It's typical to find a five or seven-year warranty on these well-made pieces, but do not be surprised to find some warranties that extend to 20 years.
Now that you know what to look for, there are three manufacturers of premium quality wrought iron furniture whose names you should know. Each has been in business for generations and is known for outstanding, uncompromising quality. They are:
  • Kettler, a company that began in Germany in 1949 and now has manufacturing and distribution centers in the United States;

  • Woodard, in business for over 140 years, which today uses generations-old techniques in harmony with high-tech manufacturing processes; and

  • OW Lee, an Ontario, California-based company that began in 1947 making custom wrought iron gates for Hollywood mansions.

Choosing leisure furniture from any of the above manufacturers will ensure that you are buying the very best and avoiding costly mistakes. 

Now that you know what to look for, all that remains is deciding on the style of quality wrought iron patio furniture that suits you best. Whichever style you choose, you may rest assured that you are selecting a durable, lasting product that will retain its good looks throughout the seasons for many years to come.

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Comments

Very informative, thanks for this!
Posted @ Monday, September 26, 2011 9:29 AM by Grady Griffith
I just bought a vintage Iron set is there any way i can tell who made it? Should there be any markings or names on it? Is there any place i could e-mail pics that might be able to help me? Thank You!
Posted @ Wednesday, November 06, 2013 5:58 PM by Dara
Dara - Newer furniture will usually have a badge or sticker on the lower back portion. Vintage furniture varies, but if it's older than 20 years or so it probably won't. You can send pictures to feedback@todayspatio.com and we'll do our best to help you identify it.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 06, 2013 8:14 PM by Stephen Ramey
All your links at the end lead to the same website!!
Posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 11:00 AM by biz
Hi, 
I wanted to know if you could help me indenify wrought iron patio furniture that my parents gave because they are downsizing. Pretty sure it's from the 60's and 70's and what their value is today! 
Many thanks, 
Rida
Posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 6:04 PM by Rida Boulos
Hi Rida, 
If you can send us pictures to feedback@todayspatio.com we'll be glad to help you identify it.
Posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 6:26 PM by Stephen
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