Today's Home: Containers to withstand the outdoors

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It's time for our Today's Home expert to give us some concrete advice for the outdoors.

    Containers can be expensive, but which ones can withstand even the most abrupt climate change outside? Chris Olsen explains.

    People spend a lot of money on containers, and so many wonder "will it survive and not crack in the winter?"

    There is never a 100 percent guarantee because even concrete can absorb moisture. If any pot absorbs moisture then it can crack.

    You must remember that when water freezes it expands and this is what causes it to crack.

    There are several things you can do, and the first thing is find the right pot.

    These are heavy fired glazed pots. When they are high fired there is no moisture and they cannot absorb moisture. As a matter of fact, these are from Asia and these big containers have been here for almost twelve years.

    If you have concrete pots that is probably the next choice I would choose because that is pretty tough, but again, that can chip and crack over time.

    The one you want to avoid if you live in a real cold climate are terra cotta clay pots because terra cotta is very porous, and therefore it will crack because of the moisture. They are inexpensive, so what you might want to do is just put some pots out in the wintertime but not all your pots, and otherwise protect them and bring them into your garage.

    Don't forget there are lots of fiberglass and plastic pots, and some that you would never know they are plastic with a nice contemporary look.

    So, choose the right pot and they should last you for years to come.

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