Benches are comfortable respites when you’re out in the park or just in your own backyard. Not only that, but benches help to inspire us to stop for a few moments from the hectic pace of life and enjoy the simple beauty of nature and being outdoors. However, the classic choice for benches, namely woods like cedar and teak, can make for expensive price tags and also require a concerted amount of upkeep. Try resin benches, a useful alternative in more ways than one.
Eco-friendly: Both wood and resin benches are green choices, but for markedly different reasons. Wooden furniture comes from lumber, aka trees, which is a renewable resource in that trees can be replanted. At the same time, many companies have trouble with or simply ignore efforts to replant for both monetary and financial reasons. The result is an increase in deforestation, aided in part by illegal logging, the effect of which is damage to the air, soil and natural animal habitats.
Appearance: Wooden benches are usually slatted, with or without arm and backrests. The grain of wood comes in distinct patterns, and each variety of tree produces a variant shade of brown, from the rich reddish brown of cedar to the golden straw color of teak.
Cost: Top quality wooden benches will cost from a few hundred dollars for simpler models to much higher for more ornate benches. That’s because these woods are designed to last. Besides that, many of them are exotic, like teak. The cost of importation can be relatively high. However, when you think about the fact that you will probably never need to buy another bench, the initial cost is definitely offset.
Durability: Wood is naturally durable, and some hardwoods, especially teak, are practically indestructible. With a little help, they are great at holding up in inclement weather as well as the heat. Some woods even produce their own resinous oils that further protect the heartwood from rot, infestation, warping, etc.
Eco-Friendly: Though you wouldn’t think it, plastic is surprisingly eco-friendly. That’s because as a sustainable, manmade material, plastic can easily and cheaply be replicated at no loss to our natural resources, like lumber. And many resin benches are also made from recycled plastics, so there is less waste that ends up in landfills.
Appearance: Plastic is wonderful in its ability to mimic almost any other material, wood included. Resin benches can look almost identical to wood ones in color shape, and even texture of wood grain. One would literally have to go right up and feel the bench to know the difference, in most cases.
Cost: Plastics have the advantage of being some of the cheapest materials around. However, overall polyresin won’t last as many years in the longterm as wood, and so while you save money at first you’ll be paying more on the backend when you go to buy new furniture.
Durability: Because plastic is waterproof, resin benches will never rot or warp like wood. They are tempered to be able to withstand moisture and sun even better than wood, and will only start to break down in extremely cold temperatures.