If you're in the market for outdoor furniture that's durable, modern and on-trend, you may have heard of marine grade polymer (MGP). This innovative material has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. Let's take a closer look at MGP and why it's a smart choice for your outdoor furniture needs.
What is Marine Grade Polymer?
Marine grade polymer is a synthetic material that is designed to withstand harsh outdoor environments, such as those found on boats and in coastal areas. It is made from a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin, which is a type of plastic that resists moisture, corrosion, and UV radiation. This makes MGP an ideal material for outdoor furniture, as it is able to withstand exposure to the elements without fading, cracking, or warping.
Advantages of Marine Grade Polymer
One of the primary advantages of marine grade polymer is its durability. Because it is designed to withstand the rigors of marine environments, it is able to hold up well in the heat and humidity of Wisconsin summers, and in the icy cold of our winters. It is also resistant to fading, which means that it will maintain its color even after years of exposure to sunlight.
Another advantage of MGP is its low maintenance requirements. Unlike wood or metal, which may require regular sanding, staining, or painting to maintain a "new" appearance, marine grade polymer requires only occasional cleaning with soap and water. You can leave MGP pieces outside uncovered in the winter without worry. This makes it a popular choice for those who want to spend less time maintaining their outdoor furniture and more time enjoying it.
What MGP Brands Does Patio Place Offer?
Patio Place focuses on the highest quality MGP brands. We carry only Seaside Casual and Telescope Casual, and we have been impressed by their quality and durability over the years.
MGP from these two companies is also customizable in a wide range of styles and colors, which means that you can easily find outdoor furniture that fits your personal style and complements your outdoor living space. Telescope Casual guarantees their MGP pieces for 15 years, while Seaside Casual offers an impressive 20 year warranty. This is the kind of security we love to offer our customers!
Why Patio Place's MGP Has a Higher Price Tag
Brands like Seaside Casual and Telescope Casual build their furniture from a high grade of HDPE for a furniture grade finish on the surface and edges of their products. Their lumber is extruded at a slower pace for a smooth consistent finish, free from large voids, cracks and dimples that result in a rough surface that can become an irritant on the skin. In addition, fasteners are counter sunk for a smooth and finished appearance. Seaside Casual's furniture is manufactured in a modern, clean and safe plant owned by a fifth-generation family company who has stood behind their products and services for 100 years.
Overall, marine grade polymer is a smart choice for outdoor furniture that is both durable and beautiful. Its resistance to moisture, corrosion, and UV radiation makes it ideal for use in harsh outdoor environments, and its low maintenance means that you can spend more time enjoying your furniture and less time maintaining it. If you're in the market for outdoor furniture that will last for years to come, consider choosing marine grade polymer.