4 Key Questions to Ask When Buying New Patio Furniture
The outdoor patio furniture in your yard allows you, your family, and friends, to relax outdoors when the weather is good. The patio furniture that you pick to use in your yard should be chosen on more than looks, if you want to get the most bang for your buck. Before you buy new outdoor patio furniture, ask yourself a few questions.
These 4 key questions to ask when buying new patio furniture will help you to choose pieces that will be functional for years:
1. Will the Material Hold Up Well in This Climate?
2. How Easily Can We Get Replacement Parts?
Although cushions can usually be replaced without much concern, it is the rest of the furniture that you need to be worried about when they break. If you are using the patio furniture most of the year, then all that added usage means that it will experience significant wear. That abuse may come in the way of a chair leg breaking, a support beam snapping off, or a table top getting a crack in the glass. Most of these parts have very limited manufacturer warranties, usually covering defects right out of the box.
It is important to inquire about how easily replacement parts can be obtained and what is the order process if something is needed. If you break something that is irreplaceable, you are stuck with the broken furniture.
3. What Does the Extended Warranty Cover?
Many home centers will offer an extended warranty on the patio furniture, but the terms can be a little confusing. Although the furniture is covered already from defects out of the box, which parts are going to be covered next season when the family is over for that annual barbecue? It is important to find out before you make the purchase exactly how long the parts are covered, which parts are going to be covered, and how will the parts be replaced. While some stores can act like the service center, others may require contacting the factory, which could be an issue if the factory is not in your state.
Make sure the terms of the warranty are going to be easy on you if something goes wrong because they do vary significantly with each manufacturer. This is a time you want to read the fine print.
4. How Easy is it to Put the Patio Furniture Together?
Many homeowners are surprised that when they buy the patio furniture they saw in the store that it is delivered in smaller boxes. Once you open the boxes, it becomes apparent that a lot of work went into putting the furniture together so it looked like it did in the store. Many people do not have the same types of skills required to assemble big pieces, so it is important you ask first to see how much time and effort will be required.
Some patio furniture stores run special promotions where they will assemble the pieces for you included in the sale price. If assembly is a concern, be sure to inquire about these type sales or see if there is a fee for the delivery team to assemble the pieces once they arrive at your home.
These 4 key questions to ask when buying new patio furniture will help you to select pieces that will last for years and transform your outdoor living space.