What Makes A Folding Table Weather-Resistant?

What Makes A Folding Table Weather-Resistant?

What Makes A Folding Table Weather-Resistant?

water pic.jpgA few weeks ago I wrote a post with some basic questions to ask yourself before buying a folding table.  One of the questions was "Are planning on using your table inside, outside or both?" Obviously, choosing a weather-resistant table is important to consider if you'll be using your table outside.  So,  today I want to tell you a little bit more about what to look for if weather-resistance is a necessary feature for you. 

Let's face it though, folding tables are most often used for occasions when extra seating or a temporary work surface is necessary… which usually means using one is not really "planned".  So, it's important to look at a table's protection against weathering and water damage no matter what your original intended purchase reason. Look for protection on any wood surfaces.  Water (or humidity) can often get between adhered protective layers and cause warping. This is why Lifetime's tables are made with a solid, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic tabletop. If you've never used a polyethylene table before, you're going to love them.  Polyethylene will not crack, chip or peel.  This means your folding table is virtually maintenance-free and can get wet with no worries whatsoever!  At Lifetime, we use a proprietary mix of polyethylene that makes our plastic top tables stronger, lighter, and more durable than wood.  It is also formulated to withstand extended wear and tear and the harshest elements. 

Speaking of harsh elements, another feature to look for when considering tables for outdoor use is UV-inhibitors.  We all know to use sunscreen to protect our skin from UV rays, but did you know you should give your furniture the same protection?  Look for tables that are made with UV-inhibitors to help make the table resistant to heat and extended exposure to harmful UV rays of the sun to prevent fading and degradation.  (By the way, Lifetime's UV-protection is the best on the market!)

Lastly, after you've evaluated the weather-resistance of your tabletop, don't forget to look at the all-important table frame, too. Powder-coated metal (like what is used on Lifetime Tables) will prevent rusting and UV-damage when left outdoors. Lifetime's protective and decorative powder-coating is a proprietary formula that we have painstakingly tested with abrasion, adhesion, and environmental tests.  It makes our steel parts more resistant to chips, scratches, and regular wear-and-tear.

If you look for these qualities in your next folding table purchase, you'll have a table that's built to last, come rain or come shine.

William

William

Name-  William

Position at Lifetime Products- Tables and Chairs Marketing Manager

How long at Lifetime- A small portion of my lifetime has been at Lifetime.

My favorite products from Lifetime- The Commercial Grade 6ft Fold-in-Half Table, and the Contemporary Folding Chair.  I also think the Fold-up Trailer is pretty spiffy – but until I get a vehicle with a hitch, this will not be a likely purchase.

 

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