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Posted by1 month ago

Pool Furniture

Hi! I’m currently a Member-At-Large on my board (Georgia). And I’m looking for some recommendations or advice on our pool furniture situation - preferably from other southern states, but honestly all thoughts are welcome.

So we have 128 homes and a pool built for 12. I’ll post a picture of it, if anyone is interested. It’s…an interesting shape. That’s a little beside the point… we’re a new construction neighborhood (my wife and I were actually the last house to break ground and close, spring of last year!), and we seem to be buying pool furniture (tables, chairs, umbrellas) every year. Not replacing the entire set every year, but a few pieces.

Is that normal? As in, this is average yearly wear-and-tear? Or should we maybe be buying higher quality furniture that will last longer?

TIA!

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level 1
· 1 mo. ago
🏘 HOA Board Member

Look for type of furniture hotels, resorts, apartment complexes, etc. use. Commercial grade

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level 1
· 1 mo. ago
🏘 HOA Board Member

You should do your own ROI.

Lots of residents like new things. And pool furniture tends to have a short lifespan. But frankly, it sounds like you aren’t cleaning or maintaining what you have. I’d expect 3-5 years.

higher quality items may also protect you from injuries if the furniture breaks.

While it isn’t pretty, metal furniture tends to last well and you can replace cushions much cheaper. Otherwise there are some companies that make boat quality plastic furniture that is very durable.

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level 2
Op · 1 mo. ago

During season (May-Sept I think? I can’t remember exactly), our pool company comes out 2x a week to clean everything. No one is required to be there to watch so we’re starting to wonder if they aren’t doing their job properly - or if the issue might be rowdy kids misusing the furniture.

It just seems odd that at least 1x a year we’re having to replace a handful of chairs and a table/umbrella or two.

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level 1

We have relatively expensive pool furniture. We are finding that the seat fabric tend to tear after a couple of years. I know some chairs were recovered a couple of years ago and now other chairs need it. In our situation, this is just wear and tear, not abuse of the furniture.

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level 2
Op · 1 mo. ago

So like our fabric is tearing by year two. Again, not every chair but enough that we’re like 👀

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level 1

I found the missing pool furniture was taken by one member in bad money trouble.. A good cleaner restored the chairs.

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level 1
· 1 mo. ago
HOA/COA resident

We have ones like these and once a year have someone come out to replace the occasional strap, not the entire chairs.

This is in Palm Springs so they’re used year roundand have to put up with intense summer temps. Their actually comfortable because of the vinyl straps and stackable.

https://www.poolfurnituresupply.com/chaise-lounge-vinyl-straps-aluminum-frame-rp1003

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level 2
· 1 mo. ago
🏘 HOA Board Member

We bought the exact product you linked to in 2020, and all but one of the chairs and loungers had breaks at the welds when we took them out of storage this spring. I cannot warn people enough, stay far far away from that product.

But with that warning out of the way, we have older strap chairs that have held up, but for the ones where the straps broke, we cannot get any business (or even a solo contractor) to come out and do restrapping. The only one we could get who was halfway interested said the wait on vinyl was weeks, so we caved and bought some sling chairs/chaise loungers to see how they hold up.

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level 2

We have those over 10 years. ( Florida.) They still hold strong. They get bleached every spring. Our pool is in high demand during summer break.

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level 1
· 1 mo. ago
COA Owner

Don't know the type of furniture you have but we had ours recovered when needed and that was cheaper than new furniture. Of course, a new board came in and they just replace the furniture. So, another poster was right that it comes down to preference.

Why not look at how much this line item is costing compared to other line items and decide if this is where you want to focus your attention.

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