Park Hill HouseTraditional Patio, New York
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Motel-style chairs are making a comeback, thanks to their retro look and maintenance ease.Stainless Steel, Steel and MetalStainless steel and galvanized steel furniture bridges the gap between aluminum and wrought iron. It’s a good compromise between the two when it comes to its weight, being heavier and less prone to being bounced around than lightweight aluminum pieces but not as massive as wrought iron. Styles range from retro metal chairs to modern design in a wide range of colors.Pros. Sturdy, durable and easy to care for. You’ll find pieces available in a wide range of styles. Cons. Steel conducts heat and can become hot to touch. You may need cushions to offset this, or just for general comfort. You will need to apply a protective finish every year or two to galvanized steel furniture if it hasn’t been treated. Cost. Prices start around $50 but can go over $1,000 for sets and higher-end pieces.What to look for. Tight construction and smooth joints. Non-stainless steel pieces should be powder-coated to prevent rust. Maintenance. Clean with a mild soap and water, and rinse with water. Add a protective finish every year to steel to protect against rust.