The Guide to Outdoor Materials

A breakdown of the best materials for our outdoor space

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No. 1: Sunbrella

Sunbrella is the ultimate all-weather material.



Chances are, this isn’t the first time you’ve heard about sunbrella fabric.

It’s both stain-resistant and water-resistant but can still be soft to the touch for comfortable outdoor lounge seating.

We use sunbrella fabrics on a lot of our fabric cushions for our outdoor pieces at McGee & Co., and the look and feel wins every time.

No. 2: Teak Wood

When it comes to outdoor wood materials, you really can’t beat Teak.



UV resistant and highly durable, Teak is one of those materials that looks and ages well year after year when cared for correctly.

Many outdoor Teak pieces are even powder coated to look like metal, but function with the same strength as a natural Teak piece.

No. 3: Poly Wicker

It has a relaxed, coastal feel that looks like wicker but is much more durable.



We love Poly Wicker for outdoor furniture because it has a relaxed, coastal feel that looks like wicker but is much more durable. It’s outdoor performance rated with all-weather construction. Plus, it’s stain-resistant and water-resistant!

No. 4: All-performance / All-weather

We love how they don’t have that plastic-y feel that many outdoor pillows can have.



All-performance or all-weather materials are great for lending a soft look and feel to accent textiles like outdoor pillows and throws.

We love how they don’t have that plastic-y feel that many outdoor pillows can have and create the feeling of an indoor-lounge environment.

No. 5: Concrete

It’s easy to clean, wears well, and lends a rustic and sophisticated feeling to any outdoor environment.



For a modern look and feel, concrete is one of our go-to outdoor materials.

No. 6: Polyester

Polyester is strong and flexible that can be used alone or blended to create outdoor fabrics and coverings.



No outdoor material guide would be complete without mentioning Polyester.

We love Polyester because it’s tear-resistant and dries quickly. When shopping for outdoor pieces, look for high-grade, treated Polyester to ensure a slower fade.

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