Most of us won’t be using our patio furniture much during the winter months. However, harsh winter weather conditions can cause damage to outdoor furniture. Some materials simply can’t withstand freezing and thawing cycles and you will want to winterize and safely store these pieces of furniture. At the same time, there are certain materials that are weatherproof and can stay outdoors. Learn more about best practices for protecting your outdoor furniture during winter.

Wood Furniture

Most outdoor wood furniture is made with teak, which is excellent for keeping out moisture. This type of furniture can safely be left outside throughout the year. If your furniture is made from a different type of wood, it is a good idea to apply a new coat of sealant each winter. Furniture covers can also be helpful. Just make sure that they are breathable so that mold and mildew doesn’t form. 


Aluminum is incredibly durable and can be left out in practically any sort of weather. One thing to consider is that aluminum is also lightweight, which means that your furniture might get knocked over in windy conditions. 

Steel and Iron

Steel and Iron and strong materials, but they are also prone to rusting. Your best bet is to touch up any scratches or nicks on the furniture and store it indoors so that moisture isn’t able to seep into cracks and cause rust.


Wicker furniture is also susceptible to moisture. As water freezes, it also expands, which can cause the wicker to crack and break. This type of furniture will need to be moved indoors.


Plastic is great for blocking out water, but cold temperatures can make it brittle. If you want to prolong the life of your plastic outdoor furniture, you should store it indoors. Fortunately, plastic furniture is lightweight and easy to stack.


Many patio tables come with glass tops. While the glass won’t be damaged by cold and moisture, winter weather increases the chances that a stray branch will fall and break the glass. It is a good idea to bring any glass pieces inside.

Ultimately, most wood and aluminum furniture can be left outside without any consequences. Any other type of outdoor furniture should be cleaned, repaired, and stored indoors so that you don’t have to buy new furniture in the spring. For more help with winterizing your outdoors spaces, contact the experts at JT’s Landscaping