How to Care For Your Outdoor Picnic Tables
Picnic tables and chairs are a fantastic accessory for any backyard. They allow you to enjoy your favorite outdoor activity while eating lunch or dinner next to the pool or at the edge of a lake. But as attractive as they may be, they do come with some responsibilities. If you want to keep them looking their best for many years, here are some tips on how to properly care for them.
Treated timber is an ideal alternative to plastic
metal, or composite picnic tables for several reasons. Treated timber is extremely durable thanks to the incorporation or treatment of various waterproofing agents. The treated wood’s surface remains smooth even through the application or immersion of various chemicals into the surface. The treatment also protects the timber against environmental threats, like sun, rain, snow, and moisture from spills, so that your table doesn’t quickly lose its beautiful top features.
In addition to being extremely durable
untreated wood is highly resistant to the effects of weather, including rain, snow, and heat. It is also suitable for use outdoors because it possesses excellent fire retardant characteristics and possesses excellent resistance to insects and fungal decay. These superior qualities make this type of wood a very popular choice for picnic tables and other outdoor furniture. However, one of the most salient features of untreated wood is that it does require periodic treatment to maintain the desired appearance and durability of its top surfaces.
The good news is that you don’t have to treat your Picnic Tables
every year like you need to treat your wood outdoor furniture. Unlike wood patio furniture, Picnic Tables made from treated lumber can safely be left outside on your patio year-round. The key is to protect your Picnic Tables from the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation. A sun-bleached appearance is possible, but otherwise, each piece of Picnic Table wood has the natural color of wood that it was designed to have.
Sun bleaching can occur naturally on Sunlight-colored lumber
as well as on pieces of lumber that are dyed white. However, if you choose to use Sun bleached or white painted lumber, you should plan on doing it yourself, and the added expense may be worth it. The other option is to invest in a Sun protector stain and apply it to your outdoor seating before using it on your patio. Similar to applying any paint to your home, the stain should be allowed to penetrate the surface and dry for a few days before you can begin using your wood picnic tables on your patio.
Another way to protect your Picnic Tables
is to have them protected by the right protective materials. The best way to do this is to put a cover over each table before you store them away for the season. Covering your outdoor seating and tables will protect them from rain, wind, hail, snow, and dust; and will keep them looking new throughout the year. This is an especially good idea if you move around your outdoor space quite a bit since spillage can easily occur and ruin your seating. If you move around your Picnic Tables often or are entertaining quite a large number of guests, consider protecting your tables with plastic folding chairs instead of using cloth seats.