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Tips for Extending the Lifespan of Your Picnic Table

How long can I expect a picnic table to last?

In last blog, we have answered frequently asked questions of outdoor picnic table. However, there is another essential factor for a patio furniture: lifespan and maintenance. The lifespan of a picnic table can vary widely, depending on factors such as the material, construction, maintenance, and exposure to environmental conditions. Here's a general overview of the expected lifespan for different types:

Wood Picnic Table:

Untreated Softwoods (e.g., Pine): 

  • Untreated softwood picnic table bench may last around 5-10 years, depending on climate conditions and usage. Proper maintenance and protection will help to prolong its lifespan.

Treated Softwoods (e.g., Pressure-treated Pine):

  • Treated wooden picnic tables can last longer, typically 10-20 years or more. Staining and sealing are effective methods to prolong the table's lifespan.

Hardwoods (e.g., Cedar, Redwood, Teak):

  • Naturally durable hardwoods can last 20 years or more. They may require less frequent treatments compared to softwoods.

Maintenance:

  • To maintain a wooden picnic bench table, regularly clean it with a damp cloth and mild soap, avoiding harsh chemicals. Protective finish for picnic table cover, like a wood sealant shield against moisture and UV rays. Keep the table dry when not in use. Seasonal maintenance like extra sealant coats is necessary. Store it indoors or under cover during harsh weather. These steps will preserve the table's appearance and structural integrity over time.

 

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Metal Picnic Tables:

Steel: 

  • The durability of well-maintained steel is similar to treated softwoods. It can last 10-20 years or more, depending on the quality of the coating or finish applied to protect against rust and corrosion.

Aluminum: 

  • Aluminum picnic tables are highly durable and resistant to corrosion, offering a lifespan of 20 years or more with minimal maintenance.

Maintenance:

  • Maintaining metal picnic tables involves regular cleaning with a mild soap and water solution to remove dirt and grime. Inspect for rust or corrosion, using a metal cleaner and rust inhibitor as needed. Apply a protective coating such as paint or clear sealant to prevent rust formation and UV damage. Tighten any loose bolts or screws, and store the tables indoors or under cover during harsh weather to prolong their lifespan and appearance.

 

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Plastic and Composite Picnic Tables:

High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Recycled Plastic:

  • HDPE is a kind of durable material for small picnic tables to withstand rot, insects, and moisture. With proper care, plastic picnic tables can last 20 years or more.

Composite Materials: 

  • Patio tables made from composite materials can have a similar lifespan to plastic tables, with added resistance to fading, staining, and scratching.

Maintenance:

  • A mixture of mild soap and water can remove dirt, stains, and debris. For tougher stains, you can use a gentle abrasive cleaner or baking soda paste. Check any cracks, chips, or damage, on the table, and then repair them promptly to prevent further issues. Protect the tables from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight to prevent fading and deterioration.

 

Tangkula Picnic Table Bench Set

 

Concrete Picnic Tables:

Concrete: 

  • Concrete picnic tables are incredibly durable and can last for several decades or more with minimal maintenance. Proper sealing and occasional cleaning can help prolong their lifespan.

Maintenance:

  • Maintaining concrete picnic tables involves regular cleaning with a mild detergent, repairing any cracks promptly, and applying a concrete sealer every 1-3 years for protection.

Sunlight, moisture, extreme temperatures, heavy use, and maintenance practices can affect the table surface. If you want your outdoor furniture to remain in good condition, do not forget regular maintenance.

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