Summary: The most expensive outdoor foam may not be the right fit for you. Knowing what to look for in each product will help you determine what’s best for your patio.
In today’s outdoor foam replacement products, upholstery foam is the most common stuffing material used. Now, it’s available in a variety of densities, which determines how it’s graded. The higher the graded number, the higher the quality of the foam.
But, does that mean you have to purchase only high-graded products for casual use? Not entirely, your standard foam products can provide significant comfort if you’re not willing to upgrade.
Quality and Durability
High density foam from manufacturers like The Foam Factory for instance, will not break apart or wear down after a few uses. After determining your budget, you’ll want to choose the highest density foam that you can purchase to improve the life and comfort level of your furniture pieces.
Additionally, the resilience of your foam is also important as well. The more durable the foam is, the longer it’ll last after being used consistently. High resilient foam will make for a more comfortable seat and minimal sagging. Cheap foam on the other hand, will shred to bits after a significant use and provide minimal comfort.
Level of Firmness
Firmness is determined by a number, or more specifically the Indentation Force Deflection (ILD) number that’s given. The scale starts at 6 and goes all the way up to 45 with the lowest number reciprocating a softer feel and the highest a firmer feel. The preferred level of firmness should be based on your personal preference. If you have the time, visit your local mattress store to feel the different numbers so you can determine what’s right for you.