Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Concrete Picnic Tables
Furniture Leisure’s selection of pre-cast concrete picnic tables features square, rectangular, round, oval and octagonal tables. These high quality concrete picnic tables require very low maintenance which makes them an excellent choice for outdoor cafés and parks.
Some of our concrete picnic tables feature a built in umbrella-hole and due to the weight of these tables makes an umbrella stand unnecessary. The tables are made from a steel reinforced pre-cast concrete which meets ASTM specifications.
Characteristics of Commercial Picnic Tables
Commercial Picnic Tables are used extensively in the USA and other countries for many uses besides just parks. Some of the uses include employee dining for businesses, dining for sporting facilities, Fast food establishments, schools, Theme parks, Multi-family communities, highway rest stops and the list goes on. If one just observes these types of establishments, the amount of uses and purchases are astounding. Recently a major manufacturer suggested that the market size is over 100 million annually.
It might be questioned what makes a table commercial versus just a picnic table. No one has actually defined this distinction; however, suppliers of picnic tables would serve to give a definition from the types sold. Generally speaking, all wood tables cross the commercial line. Wood tables are usually built and distributed to local markets. One major benefit of wood tables is they are generally inexpensive. Wood tables are not generally available in large quantities, difficult to ship economically and have the draw-back of an all wood product use outdoors all year.
Commercial picnic tables come in some basic mediums.
Concrete, Galvanized Frames with wood, aluminum, recycled plastic, fiberglass or plastic coated steel tops and seats are common tables. They may be rectangular, square, round, octagonal or custom sizes to accommodate handicap users. Almost all are shipped unassembled to the end user. Some tables are chosen to meet a strong need such as deterrents to theft, constant public abuse such as graffiti, carving or any vandalism humans seem to create. Often concrete is used as the ultimate indestructible table. However, plastic coated are extremely popular and can be mounted in-ground for a permanent table.
Manufacturers of commercial picnic tables are mainly in the USA. Dealers exist that provide catalogs to specifiers and designers. Also, in the past 6 years as the internet has developed, dealers offer e-commerce stores to purchase and receive information about these products.