Advantages and disadvantages of powder- coated cast aluminum: It Is one of the two materials that are approved for our outdoor furniture needs. It meets all the criteria for sustainability that we have laid out. It is strong, long lasting (20-30 years), solid (won’t blow over); the powder-coated surface is durable and easy to clean according to Caroline.
The only hesitation (not exactly a disadvantage) is that there seem to be few examples of simplified, more modern design. Most are traditional, with greater or lesser degrees of ornateness. That is not necessarily a negative—we just have to decide what we want.
I. Modern design: these pieces are aluminum.
some of the modern pieces come in steel, not cast aluminum, but i’m including them to show the design.
Room and board is a good store; carries only products made in USA.
this table is too small and I guess only comes in white, but elegant design.
one in black—rectangular.
Don’t really like these chairs, but I’m including this picture because of the background— note windows! shows versatility of wrought iron, how modern and traditional designs can blend.
II. Traditional. Most of cast iron style furniture is traditional, coming in a wide range of more or less ornate styles. Traditional cast aluminum seems generally sturdier, heavier. Here are some possibilities:
I like This item. It is quite simple but elegant in style. the Darlee line is sold through BBcue guys on line. Made in China; assembly needed. Colors trending away from black this Spring. This item is bronze, not black.
Cayman 7 piece
Macy’s cast aluminum is very durable—we had it in our home patio. But many of their new styles are not in black--here’s one that is black.
this one is on sale now:
traditional but plain: too big? but shows you can get sofas in wrought iron
This one would really blend with our railings.
Overstock online (free shipping - cheaper than Macy's)
Sedona is a graceful style cast aluminum, not too frou-frou, and large, for comfort.
Sedona 46" 5 piece Cast Aluminum in black $1056
2 chairs $414
Safavieh 5-piece coated eucalyptus wood table set
Sedona 2 chairs on sale! $669
Sedona Conversation Seating 3 piece set - Loveseat, Club chair and cocktail table. $1259
Amazon (free shipping)
Rectangular cast aluminum tables $476
Rectangular cast aluminum table $432
36 x 60" Rectangular cast aluminum table $349
Sedona 46" 5 piece Cast Aluminum in black $828
-----free shipping BBQ guys
Darlee Charleston 48" cast aluminum table set $1576
There are a plethora of Pergola builders and sellers these days! Everything from kits, to custom, or partly custom.
Mom's Design Build do many things, from custom to kit pergolas. They sell Struxture pergolas -- "the best quality louvered pergolas in the market." This site shows their range of work.
Here is the Trex pergola site for more info on these specific pergolas (slideshows of options)
Deck store (referred us to Mom's Design Build locally)
Arbors Direct: sold through Patio Town