Ultimate Guide to Outside Nativity Sets
Are you thinking about getting an outside nativity set this year? If so you may want to read this guide prior to making your final selection.
An outside nativity set can be a great addition to your Christmas decor. Unlike many other decorations, the nativity scene truly represents what Christmas is all about.
Selecting the best outside nativity set can pose an interesting challenge. They are exposed to outside weather conditions such as wind and rain and when not used are typically stored throughout the rest of the year. If storage is tight around your house you may want to consider the size of your outside nativity. If it’s to small you won’t be able to see it, if it’s to large it may be to much trouble to store it.
One of the biggest things to look for when selecting a nativity set for outdoor use is the material it will be made of. Many if not all outside nativity sets are made from some form of plywood. While various forms of wood are available including special treated plywood however like all wood it can and will rot after a period of time. If you select or even make your own outside nativity set made from plywood it is imperative that you prep, prime and paint the plywood. Insure all of the edges are painted, especially the bottom edge. One frustration people face is that even the best paint job will not ensure that moisture will not find its way in. For a plywood nativity set to last it should be thoroughly cleaned, scraped and painted every couple of years.
The preferred material to use is a waterproof material that won’t be affected by the elements like plywood. Here at Outdoor Nativity Sets, we use a select grade of marine grade Expanded PVC for its waterproof characteristics and UV stability. Our outside nativity sets made from the Expanded PVC will not rot, fade, or require any special maintenance. Our nativity figures will last a lifetime and all you have to do is wipe it down with a wet rag and store it. While the cost of the marine grade plastic is slightly higher than plywood the everlasting quality of the material makes it well worth the added investment. The other benefit of the Expanded PVC plastic is that it will not warp. Your figures will maintain their shape year after year.
As mentioned, the size of your outside nativity set is important. Obviously the more pieces and the larger the set the more you will have to pay for the nativity set. The minimum pieces you will need for a nativity set includes the barn structure, the manger, baby Jesus and family. Additional pieces might include, angels, wise men, shepard with sheep, calf, donkey, and camel. As you can begin to see a complete set can get rather large and take up a fair amount of your yard. You should also ensure your outside nativity set does not look too “commercial”. Many larger sets tend to have a look and feel of a commercial nativity set. While this is fine for a church or other large structure with a large yard it might not be right for your situation. You should also consider how far from the road or sidewalk you will be installing your outside nativity set. If you want people driving or walking by your home and you have a deep front yard you will need a larger set. If you have a shallow, small front yard select the smaller outside nativity set.
At Outdoor Nativity Sets we have three basic sizes of our most popular outside nativity set.
Outside Nativity Sets Anchoring
The installation of your outside nativity set and included installation materials are important to the installation of your set. Since the nativity set is installed outdoors it will have to be anchored in order to withstand wind, or snow. Be sure your outside nativity set comes with some sort of anchoring system. Our nativity sets for the outdoors comes complete with stakes for anchoring however during periods of heavy wind or snow additional anchors could be required.
Outside nativity Sets Ease of Installation
Another quality to look for is ease of installation. Many nativity sets are not so easily assembled. Many, especially those made from plywood require screws or special fasteners. Each piece in our outside nativity set easily slides in place with very simple to follow instructions. The nativity pieces lock into place and fit securely each time.
Outside Nativity Sets Ease of Storage
As mentioned, when selecting an outside nativity set you need to consider storing the set each year. One of the best features of our nativity set is the ease of storage. Our nativity scenes are silhouette style and each piece are flat. Since each piece is flat the pieces can be easily stacked on top on each other and stored flat to save space. Our outside nativity sets are shipped in a heavy cardboard box which can be used to store your set each year.
These are a few of the things to look for when purchasing your outside nativity set. Many of these features were the basis behind why we started to manufacturer our outside nativity sets and outside nativity figures. We realized the market needed a nativity set made from a durable and easy to maintain material. The marine grade materials we use are the perfect solution to the maintenance and other problems associated with using plywood for nativity sets.
For more information or to purchase one of our popular outside nativity sets please visit our website www.outdoornativitysets.com
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