It’s already Memorial Day Weekend and backyard preparations are on the way. Grills are being cleaned and pools are getting filled. Outdoors parties of the summer are about to start. In this second part of my blog I will go over some new patio dining sets.
Rectangle Patio Dining Set
Ponza 5 Piece Dining Set: This set is made of white polypropylene. The table is 48 inches in diameter with an umbrella hole. Chairs are stackable for storage. Table weighs about 35 lbs. This is one of our most popular sets because of the quality and price. If you like white furniture that you will use over 10 years than this set will definitely please you.
Florence 5 Piece Dining Set: Cast aluminum construction and thick cushions outline this dining set. Traditional design with a beautiful table top shows that this set is definitely a bargain at this price. Table is 45 lbs. and chairs are about 20 lbs. each. The set looks heavy but it’s actually light in weight. If you have a traditional setting, this set will definitely suit your needs.
Origin 7 Piece Patio Dining Set: Seat and back cushions highlights this transitional dining set with cast aluminum frames. Table has a glass top. Chairs have seat and back cushions that are thick, plush and ultra comfortable. Set comes with two swivel chairs and four dining chairs with arms. You can choose from 20 different Sunbrella colors which can change the way this set looks. If you want a bold look definitely choose welting option for cushions.
La Casa 5 Piece Dining Set: This is a new set from Polywood. Dining set is available in white and five other colors. Optional cushions are made with Sunbrella fabric. Polywood has a feel like wood but it withstands outdoor environments for years. Table is about 75 lbs. It has an umbrella hole. Chairs are 22 lbs. each. Great for heavy duty areas. Heavy enough for balconies or windy terraces.
Memorial Day is days away. Summer has kicked in officially. Lots of early birds have started buying their swimming pool floats and lake toys for the memorial day parties on the lake or pool. It’s still not too late to shed some light on pool floats offered this year. Customers call and ask for specific things year after year which provides us feedback and more knowledge about products that we carry. So I will provide most of this knowledge to you as much as I can.
Canvas Pool Floats
The number one question we get is about the types of pool floats. It’s very simple. There are inflatables, foam floats and beanbag floats. Inflatables are basic vinyl toys that you inflate and use for floatation. Foam floats are sheets of closed cell foam that doesn’t sink. When I say foam it’s not styro-foam. It’s more like a rubber plastic foam that you see on the gym floor just like a yoga mat. These sheets of foam is designed to stay unsinkable and carry the weight of the person lying on it. Then we have the new bean bag floats. We call them canvas floats because they are made with canvas like fabrics from Sunbrella. Inside the fabric is thousands of styrofoam beads that float. These floats are exactly like bean bags. They just happen to float.
Now that you know the three type of floats offered in the market let’s get to the second most question we receive. It’s about foam pool floats. Customers ask: ” What’s the difference between all foam floats offered?” The answer is again very simple. Foam floats are divided into two. Vinyl covered and not covered. Non covered floats are just the foam without any coating. Vinyl covered floats have a vinyl coating on the closed cell foam. Vinyl makes it look a little nicer. It’s easier to clean. Smooth to the touch. Vinyl covered floats tend to be a little more expensive.
Third question: “Why are they priced differently? They all look same to me.” Pricing relies on the thickness and size of the float. Sizes are usually approximate but thickness drives all prices.
Fourth question: “How important is the thickness?” My reply is usually “It’s very important”. The thicker the float the more buoyant it is. The thinner the float the more water you will have contact with. Depending on the size of the person lying on the float the buoyancy changes. Unfortunately, manufacturers don’t disclose any information about what weight a float can handle. For that reason if you are a heavy person I always suggest for thicker floats. If you are heavy and choose a thinner float your body will be submerged in water. Not that it’s a bad thing. Some customers prefer to get more water on them. On the other hand some customers don’t want to touch the water at all. Also one other buoyancy factor is the water. Salt water is more buoyant than fresh water. The same float will be more buoyant in the sea and ocean or salt water pools. May be this is why manufacturers don’t disclose buoyancy information because there are many factors that weigh in.
Ultra Sunsation Luxe
Now that I went over the major questions we receive on pool floats let me show you our most popular sellers. Our best sellers of all time are Sunsation, Kool pool float, Supersoft and Ultra Sunsation. This season we have some new floats that made the top five: Sunsation, King Kai Pool Float, Kai Pool Float, Monterey Float and Ultra Sunsation.
Whether you have a pool or make trips to the lake or ocean, pool floats are always good toys to have with you. They are comfortable and fun to use. If you still have questions about our products call our customer service line and we will be happy to answer your questions. In the meantime check our website that’s only dedicated for pool floats. It provides information and customer reviews on most items in the market today. We update our products and information periodically.
The latest use of polycarbonate as far as I know was the funny and fragile looking suitcases. Major brands like Samsonite have polycarbonate suitcases that are guaranteed not to break. The advantage is polycarbonate is light. It’s so strong that it can’t be broken easily. I don’t have a polycarbonate suitcase but I’m sure people are happy with them. What I’m really interested are the newcomers in the modern furniture industry. Polycarbonate started to show up as furniture. It’s offered in chairs, tables, bookcases, side tables and what not. Most people mistake polycarbonate with acrylic which has been available for many years. Acrylic is much more fragile and cracks easily. They used to have acrylic side tables that crack in a few months.
The newcomer to the indoor outdoor furniture is polycarbonate. Chairs and tables look fragile but they are not. How could I make sure this concern of my customers could be explained. I called our main polycarbonate supplier and asked if they can give me a video of one chair that’s is being abused. They sent me the video the next day. Here is the video of a polycarbonate chair being thrown, smashed, bent, scraped and totally abused. Click the small video button to the right of the main picture in this link to Arthur Polycarbonate Chair. It’s our new Crystal chair from Siesta. I suggest you watch the video to the end and see with your own eyes what happens to this very fragile looking chair.
After watching this video you will really understand the difference between the old acrylic furniture and the new polycarbonate furniture. If you want to see available models please follow the link above for newest polycarbonate models.