Patio furniture materials put to the test

Weather can accelerate wear and tear on outdoor furniture. The testers at Good Housekeeping say finding a set that both looks good and wears well doesn't have to cost a fortune.

"One of the main benefits of steel furniture is that it's extremely durable. Unfortunately this means that it's also very heavy so if you're going to be moving it around in the off season, you want to take that into consideration," said Rachel Rothman of Good Housekeeping.

Rothman says aluminum is much lighter, and also durable. It also tends to be more expensive. Another possibility is wicker. It's also light weight and easy to move around. It's important when buying wicker furniture to look for a weather resistant one.

"Many people choose plastic patio furniture because it's one of the least expensive options. It's also great if you don't have a lot of storage space -- a lot of them are able to stack together," said Rothman.

Summer may have just gotten underway. But many retailers may soon be offering close out deals on their seasonal furniture.

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