Starting with the right components is key to outdoor durability. The platforms that are used for outdoor seating are usually cast iron, and receive an e-coat treatment and paint to seal it and protect them from the moisture. In some cases, stainless steel is also sometimes used outdoors. Our Patriot seat is one example of a seat on a steel platform that holds up well outside.
Outdoor chair seats and backs are always plastic. These stand up to the elements well and allow for far more wear and tear. Blow mold or 12S with a cushion are common choices. Outdoor plastic components are UV treated to slow color fade and allow components to stand up to the sun for longer. There is no finish that will stand up to the sun forever, but the protections and treatments we use provide the longest life for plastic seating components.
The seats feature coated metal brackets that avoid corrosion when exposed to moisture and the elements. Rubber washers are often installed to keep metal surfaces from coming into contact with one another.
Signature and Citation are both great choices for outdoor seating. These seats offer different foam choices that will weather well outdoors. This allows you to have a cohesive look in venues that offer both indoor and outdoor seating. The seating is treated for the environment where it will be used. The seats perform for the section they are made for, offering a great look in both indoor and outdoor areas.
The fabric choice for outdoors is nearly always vinyl. This provides protection against moisture and great wear.