Which material to prefer for its air conditioner cover: wood or metal (steel, aluminum, stainless steel, etc.) what are the differences?
We have talked about the case of fabric covers, the use of which remains frankly limited due to the lack of ventilation, now let's see what are the different possible materials for a real louvered cabinet designed to hide and shelter outdoor air conditioners in all seasons. , their advantages and disadvantages.
Wooden air conditioning cover:
The advantage of the wooden air conditioning cover is first of all aesthetic. It naturally blends into the decoration of your outdoor spaces, especially when the air conditioning is placed in a garden or among the vegetation.
But be careful to choose quality wood, designed for the outdoors (eucalyptus wood) and treated accordingly. It is indeed necessary to choose a piece of furniture which will resist the rays of the sun (anti-UV treatment) as well as the rain (rot-proof wood of category 4) if you want it to remain beautiful for a long time.
Moreover, if you are looking for a specific color to match it perfectly with your decor, it is generally possible to paint or stain the wooden air conditioning cover to obtain an exactly tailor-made color.
Finally, wood is an environmentally friendly material as long as you choose a wooden air conditioning cover from sustainably managed forests (FSC certified)
Metal air conditioning cover:
The metal air conditioning cover offers exceptional longevity, a modern aesthetic rendering, and you can find metal air conditioning covers in grey, white or any other color. But here again, if you prefer the contemporary look of metal, be careful to choose a quality material, designed not to rust in the rain and not to chip.
The most qualitative metals and the most suitable for outdoor conditions are thus without doubt aluminum and stainless steel. A quality air conditioning cover will therefore generally offer a 100% aluminum structure and 100% stainless steel screws because this alliance makes it possible to combine both robustness, resistance to the vagaries of the weather and the saline atmospheres of the seaside, while being light enough to hang and handle easily.
The warranty can be a good indicator of reliability here because manufacturers of quality aluminum air conditioning covers generally guarantee their aluminum products for 10 years since they are sure of their lifespan.