Porch Swings – Considerations Prior to Purchase

Having a porch swing on your front porch or in your backyard can really improve your way of living, and thankfully these are now more affordable than ever before. Whether you are looking for a small, portable porch swing, or a larger one that will be a permanent fixture on your home, there are certainly many options.
 

What Kind Of Porch Swings Are There?

 
You have several porch swings to choose from depending on your style and needs. There are resin wicker swings, wicker porch swings, patio swings and outdoor furniture swings.
 

  • Resin wicker swings are made to look like wicker but without all the upkeep that wicker can entail. A simple rinse will clean and make the swing look brand new again. If you rinse wicker with water or get it too wet it will ruin the wicker. The wicker will absorb the water and swell, then when it dries the white paint or varnish will start to crack and fall off. There is nothing more annoying than having the white paint flakes all over your guests and the ground or the patio.
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  • Patio swings can be either suspended or hung from a support beam.
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  • Outdoor furniture swings can be either be suspended or a ground based glider. These come in a variety of colors and materials.
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  • Porch swings are usually suspended from a rafter or beam on the porch, and come in different materials and colors.
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What Material Are These Made From?

 
Some are made from wood, such as a yellow Balau it is a very sturdy and heavy hardwood. Considering the heavy wood construction you must have area to support it properly. Red Cedar wood is another choice, very durable and a pleasant scent that resists bugs and weather. Or for a lighter weight swing check out the #1 Grade ACQ Pressure Treated Decking. It’s arsenic free and very durable without all the weight. This can be finished to order in a cedar or red wood color.
 
Resin wicker is a woven material that is very comfortable and easy to take care of and clean. A simple rinse will clean and make the swing look brand new again. If you rinse wicker with water or get it too wet it will ruin the wicker. The wicker will absorb the water and swell, then when it dries the white paint or varnish will start to crack and fall off.
 

What Kind Of Porch Swing Is Right For Your Home?

 
You will want to decide where you would like the swing, in the backyard, on the front porch, on the back porch. Some questions that you may want to ask yourself are:

  • How many people will be sitting on the swing at one time? How much will the bearing beam support?
  • Do you have a support beam that is sturdy enough to support the swing and the occupants?

Considering the color of the house will this color swing match well or clash with the colors. If you have a turn of the century Victorian house a modern looking swing may not work well. At the same time, if you have a modern house an antique look may not flow with the design of the house.
 
If you don’t plan of hanging it off of a support beam then you will look into the self-standing swing. This will also allow you to move the swing according to the time of year of the weather.
 
It is certainly worth doing your homework in order to search around the internet for a reliable product and one that is made from materials that will hold up in your region of the country. Another consideration is how you are going to set up your swing. If hanging the swing doesn’t work for you, maybe a glider will work. These look just like the hanging swings only gliding on the ground.
 

What Should You Keep In Mind When Buying A Porch Swing?

 
Obviously, there are many considerations to keep in mind when buying a porch swing, and one way of determining just what is going to be right for you may be to take a look at what your neighbors have. Oftentimes, you will see a pattern developing in terms of the materials they use for the kind of installation that they have.