Which Porch Swing Material is right for you ?

Which Porch Swing Material is right for you ?

Porch swing material type

There are so many choices when it comes to porch swings. You can choose the size, style and color you like for your porch swing, but how about the material it is made of? The choice of materials that porch swings come in, can be overwhelming, but here’s a handy guide that explains the qualities of each one

Wooden Porch Swings

A wooden porch swing is a classic choice, and there are many different types of wood available, each with its own unique qualities. Cedar, Pine, Cypress, here are some of the wood options commonly available:


Red cedar is a beautiful wood, with rich tonal properties.  Cedar wood swings are built to last both indoors and outdoors, and is naturally resistant to rot, decay, and insects. It ages well, and the longer you use it, the less maintenance it requires. Click here to browse our Cedar porch swings 

Pine (Treated)

Pine wood is light yellow and whiteish in color and can have brown knots throughout.  So it works well for a rustic and natural look. It also accepts paints and stains very well, and resists shrinking and swelling over time. Pine wood is less expensive than the other woods but should be sealed if left outdoors. Treated pine is insect and rot-resistant, making it a popular choice. Click here to browse our Pine Porch Swings


Cypress is grown in the south-east along the Gulf Coast of the US, and has long been used in Coastal areas because of its ability to generate its own preservative oil (Cypressene), which can resist heat, humidity, and heavy rains of coastal areas. It's a popular choice because it is naturally rot-resistant and is a natural insect repellent. 

It has a natural beauty and durability.  Cypress wood is light yellowish-brown in color, and has straight grains.  It will accept all types of paint or stains, but due to its natural qualities, you can choose to leave it unfinished. Click here for our Cypress porch swings

Poly Swings

Poly is High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), a recyclable plastic made from post-consumer waste such as milk and detergent bottles. Poly Swings are the most environmentally friendly choice as it destroys no trees, and keeps plastic out of landfills.  Poly is highly durable, and has exceptional resistance to moisture, fading, insects, splinting, warping and other environmental hazards. It’s a popular choice because of its high color stability, so it does not fade over time and retains its vibrant look. Poly also does not require staining or treatment and is virtually maintenance free, requiring only the occasional wash with soap and water.  Click here for our Poly porch swings