The fundamental difference between Cast and wrought aluminum is easy to understand: Cast aluminium is the aluminium that was melted in a furnace and poured into a mold. Wrought aluminium is when the metal is worked in the solid form with the help of specific tools.
Outdoor furniture that is made of aluminum , both extruded or cast , will not rust because alumium is a non-ferrous metal which means it has no iron in it. Quality iron or steel furniture will be far less likely to rust due to their primer and powder-coating processes during production.
Despite this durability, cast aluminum is still significantly lightweight – even lighter than stainless steel and wrought iron. Cast aluminum furniture doesn’t get as hot as wrought iron. That means your guests can sit under the sun in comfort.
Cast aluminium is a material that combines that ability to withstand the elements, i.e. not rust, with the design flexibility of the hand casting process. Well, essentially, there are two different types of process used in the production of cast aluminium patio furniture : sand cast and die cast .
Heavier than extruded aluminum and both lighter and more durable than wrought iron, cast aluminum patio furniture is the first choice for most. Supplied with a solid, long-lasting high-quality powder coated finish, cast aluminum furniture is known to last in excess of thirty years with very little maintenance.
In short: While untreated aluminum is not unsafe, it should not be used with acidic foods, which may ruin both the food and the cookware. Our favorite rimmed baking sheet is made out of aluminum and perfectly safe to use, but avoid cooking acidic foods on it.
Aluminum and wrought iron are durable materials for different reasons. Aluminum is resistant to corrosion and rust, holds up well to outdoor elements and lasts a lifetime. Although wrought iron is susceptible to rust and corrosion, its heavy weight makes durable.
Cast aluminum : lightweight, heats up faster, does not hold heat as well, has a shorter longevity, is typically cheaper. Cast iron : heavier, heats up a little slower, holds heat better , lasts longer, is typically more expensive but easy to find.
Other outdoor patio furniture items are made from different materials such as wood, cast iron and steel . Compared to all these materials, aluminum is the best choice because it is very light in weight. Despite it being lightweight, aluminum outdoor furniture is strong enough to withstand heavy weight.
The Beauty of Cast Aluminum Patio Furniture Unlike tubular frame aluminum , which is hollow and bent into shape, cast aluminum is poured hot into a mold.
Generally speaking, a quality cushioned chair will cost between $800 and $2,000. A quality sofa will cost $1,800 to $3,000. Look for dining tables between $900 and $2,000 or more.
POWDER COATED STEEL Steel is strong and allows for small dimensions with outdoor furniture. It’s heavier than aluminum , and it does have the potential to rust. We powder – coat our steel furniture. Steel’s weight and feel denotes high quality and permanence.
As already mentioned, it is very strong and durable. It might not be as strong as cast iron, however, it is very close and certainly a type of metal that you can depend on when you need it the most. This is one reason that people choose this alloy, but they also like the cost.