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Shopping for outdoor furniture?

Here is a checklist of the top 5 questions to ask before making your final choice.

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If it has cushions- can they be left outside?

Fabrics should be Marine Grade. Marine Grade fabrics are tried and tested by the marine industry to withstand harsh NZ summers. They are fade and mould resistant for worry-free outdoor living.

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If it has metal elements- will they rust?

All metal elements should be powder-coated aluminium as this will not rust. The powder coating protects a very tough metal core – think of aluminium window frames! For extra durability look for pieces that have been double-baked.

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If it has timber elements- what type of timber is it?

The number one wood for outdoor furniture is teak. Teak needs little maintenance because of its high oil content and exceptional weather resistant qualities. It’s important to also check the grade of teak used. Higher grades of teak (B and above) are far superior in terms of looks and will weather the elements better.

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Will the dimensions fit into my outdoor space?

Always check the dimensions to ensure that it will fit in your outdoor space. We provide a catalogue with detailed measurements as well as furniture experts to help you through the process. With our in-home consultation service we can come to your home and help you choose the right piece of outdoor furniture for your space free of charge.

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Is there a warranty included- what is included in the warranty and how long is it valid?

Last but certainly not least, a warranty will give you the peace of mind you need. At McKenzie & Willis we buy according to strict quality standards – every product is selected based on its ability to perform in an outdoor environment. To back this up we offer a 5 year warranty on all our outdoor furniture for no extra charge. Known as ‘The McKenzie & Willis Promise’ our warranty often goes above and beyond our individual manufacturer’s product warranties and the Consumer Guarantees Act. It also means you are choosing a much more sustainable product. Your outdoor furniture will last season after season, rather than filling landfills.

There are lots of things to consider when buying outdoor furniture but by arming yourself with these 5 questions you can ensure you’re making the right choice. To download a pdf version to take shopping with you click here.

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