Highwood AD-PORL2-WHE Lehigh Poly Porch Swing, 4-Feet
Last updated date: June 10, 2020
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This porch swing is made from recycled plastic materials that fit together perfectly during assembly. Not only does that make it environmentally friendly but easy to maintain. The "real wood" look washes clean with a hose and won't require repainting. In our analysis of 93 expert reviews, the Highwood Highwood AD-PORL2-WHE Lehigh Poly Porch Swing, 4-Feet placed 3rd when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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From The Manufacturer
Welcome to highwood®. Welcome to relaxation. All the class and elegance of the highwood® Lehigh collection is inherent in this porch swing. Throw in your favorite decorative pillows and a cozy blanket for an evening gazing at the stars. Explore the entire highwood® product line to coordinate other beautiful and durable products to enhance your outdoor living space. Best of all, our material does not absorb moisture and repels dirt and grime, making clean-up a breeze. Each swing contains (2) 7 foot chains and (2) 2 foot chains so it is “ready to hang” to a sturdy structure (please use strong hooks – not provided – to hang the chain from and support the weight of the loaded swing). Extra lengths of chain are available on request for a small fee if required. Total height from end of chain attached at ceiling to top of seat is 80”. The swing has been load tested, per ASTM 1561-03 (2008) standard for outdoor plastic furniture, and has a 500 pound weight capacity. Some assembly is required (see assembly guide) and assembled 5ft swing = 64"W x 22"H x 24"D (44lbs), assembled 4ft swing = 52"W x 22"H x 24"D (38lbs). Proudly and 100% made in the USA from our own unique eco-friendly synthetic wood. Durable, fade resistant material assembled with 304 grade stainless steel hardware means ultra-low maintenance - leave it outside year round. Comes with manufacturer’s 12- year residential limited warranty
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An Overview On Porch Swings
Is there any piece of furniture that says “lazy Sunday” more effectively than a good porch swing? For hundreds of years, they’ve been a staple on the most inviting porches. They’re beloved by all ages, from grandparents enjoying a morning coffee to toddlers on the lookout for a good swing (and even sleepy pets).
Before you consider buying a porch swing, take a good look at your porch. Size is going to be a big consideration, and you’ll want to make sure the swing isn’t too wide for the space. Once you’ve measured the dimensions of your space, take a look overhead. While most outdoor porches are built with enough support to handle a swing, that isn’t always the case. Look for a load-bearing ceiling beam, and when in doubt, consult with your builders.
Don’t have a secure ceiling or any ceiling at all? You’re not necessarily out of luck. Some swings come with their own support structure, although this type usually requires a little more space. Some types even come with their own covering to protect you from the elements, giving you that porch swing feel without the need for an actual porch.
Next up, take a look at the materials. Ideally, you’re going to want a porch swing that will last as long as the porch itself. Cheap swings might give you a few months of leisure, but they can rot in inclement weather and get unappealing very quickly — or dangerously insecure.
If you live in a California climate, you might be able to make do with some form of softwood like pine or cedar. Swings made from this type of wood can be very comfortable and have a great look to them, but make sure they’re treated with some type of weather-resistant coating. Even light rains can eventually wear down this type of wood.
Hardwood like oak or acacia will give you a classic look while being a bit more resistant to harsh weather. You should still make sure the wood is treated, but these materials will scratch less and are harder to dent. They’re also heavier, making them less prone to move around on high winds. (It may be a concern for hanging on lighter structures, however.) No matter what type of wood you choose, you’ll probably have to re-varnish it periodically to keep up its looks. Check the product specs for proper care procedures.
On the other side of the weight spectrum is wicker. This material has a distinctive look that matches the look of older houses perfectly. Older wicker chairs can be subject to fraying or chipping, but there are newer resin wicker chairs that can stand up to weather and regular use much more effectively. Either way, they’re very light, which makes them ideal for less windy areas or thinner ceilings.
If you’re less concerned about an “authentic” look, recycled plastic chairs offer a very good mix of durability and style. Depending on how well they’re constructed, they can pass for painted wood at a distance, and they’re much more resistant to the elements. In most cases, you can simply wipe them clean with a cloth periodically — no weather treatment required.
Finally, there are metal porch swings made of aluminum or wrought iron. Needless to say, you’ll want to buy cushions for this type of swing if they’re not already provided. For defense against dents and scratching, it’s hard to beat this material, though you may want to go for a bit of extra rust-proofing in especially harsh climates.
Now, what about the size? The default porch swing can handle two people, which means it will be from 3 to 5 feet in length. If space is a concern, there are 2-foot chairs available for solo swinging. If you want to bring the whole family aboard, look for a swing at least 6 feet in length (and a porch with the structure to accommodate it).
DWYM Fun Fact
The front porch feels like a uniquely American part of the home, and for the most part, it is. They came to be a part of many homes in the 19th century and were a popular place for neighbors to gather until the presence of sewers and traffic outside the front of the house made them less popular after the 1920s. Today, they’ve made somewhat of a comeback in rural homes as communities are planned with an eye towards engagement and openness.
The Porch Swing Buying Guide
- As with any outdoor furniture, maintenance is going to be important. If you hear squeaks or sense any tilting, check for loose bolts or weak links in the support chain. Many hardware stores or swing manufacturers can provide you with replacement materials on both.
- Wood swings will need a little extra TLC. Painted swings can easily be restored with a fresh coat, but make sure its a weather-safe type that will bond to the wood type. Teak, cedar and other softwoods can be treated with sealants that preserve its natural color, but use a treatment that’s designed for your swing. Teak oil and other varnishes that work well for indoor fixtures can hamper the production of natural oils in your wood, making it less resistant to mildew.