Outdoor rocking chairs are the perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening. A rocking chair can also be a timeless treasure to pass down through many generations.  Choose an outdoor rocking chair that is made to withstand the rigors of Mother Nature.

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Types of Wood

There are a lot of different types of wood to select for your outdoor wooden rocking chair. Some of the great woods often used for outdoor use are cherry, pine, teak, oak, cedar logs and western red cedar. Cedar is probably the most popular. A cedar rocking chair is very durable for outdoor use and will continue to look good from season to season. Cedar is not only practical for outdoor use; it is also strong yet lightweight. This makes it easy to move your rocking chair around to the perfect location.


Cedar Characteristics

  •  Cedar absorbs and loses moisture slowly. You don’t have to worry about dry cracking, splintering and swelling that you will find with other woods.
  • After about a year outdoors, cedar turns to a silver grey patina in most climates.
  • Cedar scores the highest rating by the US Forest Products Laboratory rating for decay and disease resistance.
  • Fresh cedar odor is a mild insect repellent.



Finishing your Cedar Rocker

There are many finishing products available and there are several factors to consider when choosing a product. What is your weather exposure? Do you live in a dry or wet climate? Do you choose water or oil based products? Environmental issues are also important! If you live in a wet climate, you will want to choose a product with a mold inhibitor in it. If you live in a part of the country with a lot of sun, you will want to choose a product with a UV protection in it. And if you choose to do nothing to it, it will age to a silver gray patina.


A good product to use is call SUN FROG. It is a premium oil-based sealer that provides long lasting beauty enhancement for your patio furniture. When applied correctly, it will provide a minimum of 12 months of excellent protection. Log onto www.sunfrog.com for more information.