Outdoor swings and benches are available in several kinds of material. From classic wood to wicker resin, each material brings different features and benefits to the table. Which one is right for you? We've put together a handy guide that will help you understand the pros and cons of each material.
Most porch swings and gliders featured on our site are made out of good ol’ fashioned wood, which remains the most popular material used to craft furniture. Outdoor wooden benches have a wonderful classic and timeless quality to them, but are more susceptible to weather damage than benches made of synthetic material. Different wood types possess different characteristics and strengths. Check out our Wood Bench Guide to find the wood bench that is right for you.
Wrought iron should be at the top of the list when it comes to selecting a great porch swing for your home. Wrought iron swings are extremely durable, stylish, and can take a good amount of weathering. Most wrought iron swings you see on our site are powder-coated with a scratch and chemical resistant coating. Keep in mind that over time, rust may accumulate on wrought iron furniture when the powder coat or paint wears down(a wire brush will take care of most rust flakes). But all in all, a wrought iron swing is a great investment for anyone looking for elegant furniture that will last for many years to come.
If you’re looking for a maintenance-free swing that is fade-resistant, moisture-resistant, and retains wood-tone colors in all climates and seasons for several years, a synthetic wood swing is the way to go. Swings made of synthetic wood are super resilient and mimic the look and feel of real wood. The “synthetic” in “synthetic wood” may put a dent in the whole classic porch swing dream for some, but if you ask us, our Highwood Synthetic Wood benches come pretty darn close to the real thing! If durability and longevity are the main factors for you—go with synthetic wood!
Recycled plastic/resin swings don’t have quite the same elegance as wood or wrought iron swings, but generally will last much longer. Our plastic swings require zero maintenance, are ultra durable against the elements, and will add a cute, modern feel to your front porch or backyard. Our Little Cottage benches and swings are resistant against pests, fading, cracking, and come with a 20 year warranty.
Wicker resin is a great outdoor furniture material that stands up to moisture, while adorning your porch or yard with a cozy, homey look. Wicker resin does not split like natural woven wicker and does not absorb water, so if the kids or dog dirty your swing, you can just rinse it with a hose, or clean it with soap and water. Wicker resin furniture tends to be lighter and more prone to getting knocked over by the wind; we recommend wicker resin furniture framed with steel for better stability. Check out our International Caravan wicker resin swings here.