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How Do I Choose the Best Porch Glider?

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  • Written By: Misty Amber Brighton
  • Edited By: C. Wilborn
  • Last Modified Date: 11 July 2018
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A glider not only provides porch seating, but could accentuate the overall decor of this space. When buying a porch glider, it can be a good idea to make sure it is comfortable and operates smoothly; the right materials are needed to ensure the glider is both durable and rustproof. They also often have features which make this furniture more user-friendly. You may need to shop at a different location if you are buying a new glider than you would if you purchase a vintage one.

It is normally a good idea to test out a porch glider before you buy it. Sit down on the unit and then rock gently back and forth to see if your back is supported. Pay attention to the sounds the seat makes because unusually loud noises can be a sign that some of the bearings are wearing out. When sitting on a glider, the piece should not have rough areas that are uncomfortable or feel like it might buckle underneath you because this might mean the furniture is unsafe to use.

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You can buy a porch glider made from metal, wood, or vinyl. Teak is a good wood choice because it is normally very waterproof. Aluminum or cast iron models are generally more rustproof than steel ones, making them a better material for metal gliders. Vinyl is typically weatherproof and may not warp like wood or metal. Each type of material varies in cost and appearance, so you should consider your budget and the look you are trying to achieve when deciding what you would like the glider to be made of.

A porch glider could come with a canopy, which provides protection from the sun if your porch is uncovered. Others might have a cup holder for beverages or oversized arms that might come in handy for placing books on when reading. Gliders with cushions are usually more comfortable to sit on, and an added bonus is that you can normally find ones to match the other accessories on your patio.

Vintage porch gliders can add a touch of nostalgia to your outdoor space. You can typically find antique models at auctions or flea markets. Lawn and garden stores usually carry new porch gliders and their accessories in a variety of styles and materials. Both new and vintage models are available online, so if you are undecided you may want to compare the price and style of different units on the Internet. If you aren't sure about which to choose, you might consider porch swings or rockers as well, which offer a different type of seating option.

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