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If your hammock stand is relegated to being outside on a permanent basis, choose a steel hammock stand. More importantly choose stainless steel. This metal's silver luster and non tarnishing ablility make it the no-brainer choice for extended outdoor use. It won't rust either which can discolor your hammock and the patio the stand sets on. Shop around, you should be able to find many elegant designs in a weather firendly steel hammock stand.