You spend a lot of money on your patio furniture, so naturally you want them to look good for years to come. You would think that patio furniture could withstand the elements since it’s made for outdoor use, but you’d be surprised to know that many pieces start to fade, rust and have wear and tear after just a few years. But don’t worry since there is a way to extend the use of your patio furniture.
If you want to keep your patio furniture safe from the elements and allow it to look its best for many years to come, it would be smart to protect it with a patio cover. However, not all patio furniture covers are created equal and some are made better than others. So if you’re considering patio furniture covers, here are some questions to ask yourself so that you buy one with the most protection:
Do dimensions matter?
First and foremost, it’s important that you order the right covers for your patio set. Believe it or not, some people don’t take the time to make sure that the dimensions of their furniture covers will match their furniture. Many times manufacturers will make covers specifically for their pieces. It’s best to check the manufacturer’s page of the furniture set that you own to see if they make their own. Otherwise, you’ll need to check dimensions. Sometimes covers can be too long and they’ll drag on the floor, catching dirt and water. Avoid One-Size-Fits-All Patio Furniture covers. It will be more hassle for you as you will be taking the chance of damaging your patio furniture.
Patio cover secured?
If you live in a region that experiences crazy winds and unpredictable weather, you’ll need patio furniture covers that will stay secure no matter what the weather outside is. You want to make sure that the patio covers you purchase can be easily secured so that they aren’t blown away in harsh weather. Look for patio furniture covers that feature reinforced ties and drawstrings so that your outdoor sofa covers will stay put. This will help ensure the life of your furniture and will keep it from receiving any damage.
Is your cover waterproof?
Chances are, you’re looking for patio furniture covers to protect from water when it rains or from sprinklers, so you’ll want to make sure that whatever kind you buy can repel water adequately. Having a waterproof cover is also essential. A lot of covers can prevent light rain, but will eventually have the water soak through and cause mildew build-up. Looking for an outer shell or layer that’s waterproof is your best bet! The best material for your furniture cover to prevent this is vinyl. Vinyl will accumulate the rain into beads and allow it to roll off, keeping your furniture dry. Additionally, this helps dust & dirt from accumulating and leaving an unpleasant imprint on your clothes when you take the cover off. Today, most patio furniture covers are waterproof so ultimately you have to decide what meets your needs the most. Another tip to help protect the fabric cushions, we suggest scotch guarding them. This will help wisk the water away and give your furniture added protection for a longer period of time.
Is the cover UV resistant and able to protect against the sun?
Besides the weather, the biggest thing you have to worry about with your patio furniture is fading from the sun. Your new patio furniture can look old and worn out in just a year because of the sun’s harmful UV rays fading the covers. This is one of the most common way patio furniture gets damaged. Don’t let this happen and invest in quality patio furniture sun protection!
Is the cover breathable?
This is a must, you’ll want to purchase patio furniture covers that are vented so that fresh air can get in. Under humid conditions, water droplets form underneath the cover itself. When trapped for an extended period of time, those water droplets will not only cause mold and mildew to form, but will also erode exposed surfaces. Breathable covers allow trapped moisture and condensation to evaporate quickly thru the cover itself, thus shortening the amount of time your patio furniture, grill or TV is exposed to wet, humid conditions. if water gets through or forms due to condensation, you have nothing to worry about as the water will evaporate before any corrosion can begin. Look for sun protective covers for patio furniture that feature mesh vents with protective flaps to help circulate air into the pieces when you have them covered.
Does the backing material matter?
You got the cover, you applied it for the season, and upon removal, you notice some of the wicker comes off, the varnish is removed, or the surface of the aluminum is scratched. All these and more are easily prevented with a soft-cloth backing. The inside of the patio furniture cover shouldn’t be the same as the outside. The outside is meant to protect your furniture from the elements. The inside, however, should protect your furniture from mildew, mold, and scratches. Utilize this soft cloth backing to ensure your patio furniture stays well protected from the cover itself.
Is this patio cover durable and long lasting?
You don’t want to buy cheap outdoor sofa covers that’ll only last a few months. Look for covers featuring double-stitched seams and durable material so that they won’t rip and will last as long as your patio furniture. Although we have singled out the rain as your number one enemy (call us biased but we just like spending free time outside), the usability of outdoor furniture covers goes way beyond protection from this often sudden element. The truth is that as robust as they seem, furniture pieces are far more fragile than we might assume. Leave the pieces unprotected, and your furnishings will fall from glory far sooner than you’ve expected. Durable and well-tailored covers are an easy fix to all these day-to-day problems.