Picnic tables with outdoor metal benches have become quite popular with churches, parks, and schools that wish to provide their guests with outdoor amenities. The benefit these bench tables bring is obvious. They not only provide excellent seating, but they also provide people with a dining area that they can gather around and enjoy food, drinks, and conversation.
Outdoor metal benches are made from expanded metal.
Expanded metal is made from sheets of steel that is then stretched and perforated. Perforations vary in size from round openings barely larger than pinholes to the larger diamond pattern pictured above. Perforating metal allows rainwater to pass through so that the surface dries more quickly when the sun reappears from behind the clouds. It also creates a slight elasticity that provides better support for a person seated for a longer period of time.
Outdoor metal benches are coated with Thermoplastic.
Thermoplastic eliminates the need to repaint benches. This is because Thermoplastic is colored contiguously throughout and retains its color after years of exposure to direct sunlight, freezing temperatures, and summer rains. It adds a unique moisture resistance to metal, slowing down oxidation considerably. It is very hard to damage during normal use, and it is easy to repair if it is deliberately scratched by vandals.
Choose frames made from black powder coated or galvanized steel.
Powder coating eliminates the need for painted frames. It is electrostatically applied and seals the metal against moisture. Galvanizing steel involves adding a protective zinc coating to the metal to protect it from rust. It is often preferred for environments near the ocean where the salt content of the air is high. It is also a good choice for industrial areas with a high level of pollutants in the atmosphere.
Outdoor benches can be customized for handicap access.
Bench picnic tables like the one shown above can be customized for ADA compliance by simply removing one of the benches. This allows a wheelchair-bound person to sit at the table with family or friends without having to leave the chair. Furniture 4 Outdoors offers outdoor metal benches with tables in 16 unique colors, including a new–and highly popular–teal. Contact us today and tell us about your outdoor environment, and we will find the best benches and tables for next project.