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Does Patio Furniture Need To Be Covered?

by Administrator on Nov 25, 2014 Home Improvement 556 Views

You might be tempted to leave your patio furniture out on the deck, but it's best that you cover your furniture to protect it from the winter weather. Outdoor furniture is often made of all-weather materials. While this may sound like they're capable of withstanding fluctuations in conditions, covering your patio furniture will help prolong the life of your outdoor furnishings. 

Think you're off the hook just because you live in a sunny beach city? San Diego-based Patio Productions explains, "If you live by the ocean or by a salt water lake, these elements can evaporate into the surrounding air and find a home inside of your frames. Salt water eats away metal and will corrode frames."

This article will teach you how to cover your patio furniture, how much it will cost and what to look for.

 Patio Covers

Why You Need Furniture Covers
Outdoor covers may increase your upfront cost, but it will be worth it in the long haul. Snow, sleet, high wind gusts and rain can deteriorate the quality of your patio furniture over time. Snow and rain can cause extensive damage to wood materials. With wood, you run the risk of creating mildew problems. 

How to Cover Patio Furniture

So there's a few ways you can do this. If you have enough space in the shed, you can store your patio furniture there for the winter or at least until warmer weather returns. Some people use their outdoor furniture indoors which isn't a bad idea when you think about it. Others bring the entertainment outside by installing an outdoor TV enclosure. These covered spaces also help prolong the life of your patio furniture.

Investing in a set of patio furniture covers is a more cost-effective way to protect your furniture. For stackable chairs, you can save money by looking for a stackable chair cover instead of buying an individual outdoor cover for each of your nine dining chairs. These sets can cost around $30 per chair and $270 for the set. As you can see, you'll save hundreds of dollars using this technique.

Patio Furniture Costs
The cost of a patio furniture cover varies based on the size of the cover you're purchasing. For a standard loveseat cover, you should expect to pay $45-$115. One of the greatest factors in pricing are materials. Vinyl is the most popular material used to make patio furniture covers due to its durability and flexibility.

3 Things to Look for in an Outdoor Furniture Cover

1. Water Resistant vs. Waterproof
You would assume that all outdoor furniture covers would be waterproof, right? Wrong. Water resistant means that it’s repellant, whereas waterproof means that water will not penetrate the cover. The problem is that if the covers are completely waterproof, the material becomes airtight and loses its breathability. This creates problems with moisture and mildew underneath the cover. Water resistant covers are sufficient for repelling rainfall. 

2. UV Protective
The sun is your worst enemy when it comes to patio furniture. Even when it's under covers, UV rays can penetrate causing fading, cracking and discoloration. Quality patio covers are usually thicker to block out any damaging rays from the sun. Sometimes, low quality covers are able to cut down on the price by cutting corners in this area.

3. Vents
When furniture covers don't have any vents, the build-up of moisture and humidity creates a breeding ground for mildew. To prevent this, manufacturers add vents at various points to allow air to circulate under the cover. This is important because covers without any ventilation will damage your furniture. 

Yes, patio furniture does need to be covered; especially in the winter. This will make your furniture last longer and the money you spend on a cover will save your replacement costs in the future. Instead of having to replace your outdoor set in a few years, it’s more plausible to have the same set for up to 10 years.


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