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Shopping for an outdoor furniture cover


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  • 1. Shopping for an Outdoor Furniture CoverYou’d think shopping for furniture covers for your outdoor furniture would be pretty straightforward.That’s not necessarily the case. There are, in fact, a number of things you’ll want to consider beforeyour making your purchase to ensure your new outdoor furniture cover will keep your furniturelooking brand new as long as possible.Make Sure It’s Thick Enough to Keep Out UV RaysWhile harsh weather certainly takes its toll, the biggest threat to outdoor furniture is actually the sun.Harmful UV rays fade colors, turn some materials dry and brittle, and can degrade fabrics. That beingthe case, it’s important that you purchase an outdoor furniture cover that is thick enough to eliminatesun damage altogether.Is It Waterproof?Sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many outdoor furniture covers are just “waterresistant.” These covers perform well in a passing drizzle, but if they get hit with an all nightthunderstorm or a six-inch snow that sits on them for weeks or months, they actually soak up the waterand end up doing more harm than good. A waterproof cover will repel water completely so that there’sno chance of water damaging your outdoor furniture whatsoever.Durability and ThicknessThese qualities go hand in hand. Keep in mind that your outdoor furniture covers get whippedaround during large storms and high winds, and if they’re not built solidly enough to withstand thepunishment they will fray and tear, especially when placed over furniture with sharp edges or corners.Also, don’t forget that your furniture cover is going to be taking the beating from the sun, rain, snow,sleet, and wind that you’re saving your furniture from. In that respect, it doesn’t pay to cut cornerswhen it comes to buying thicker material and a furniture cover material that is guaranteed to last.All Work and No Play . . .Of course, don’t forget when choosing an outdoor furniture cover that you’re going to have to look at itsitting out there on your deck or patio for a substantial chunk of the year. Sure, functionality andprotection should be your primary concerns, but it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye out for something that’spleasing to the eye, either.Who Needs Furniture Covers?You can virtually eliminate the need for furniture covers if you shop wisely for outdoor furniture inthe first place. Look for steel or iron framed furniture with a removable outdoor furniture cushion. Noweather is going to degrade properly forged wrought iron, and all you’ll have to do is find a free spacein the garage or basement to store your outdoor furniture cushion over the winter months. Teak
  • 2. outdoor furniture is also a great solution. Teak’s natural resistance to water and rot make it perfect foroutdoor uses (it was the wood of choice for building decks on boats for centuries for just this reason).And as teak does weather, it actually gets better looking, taking on an antique, weathered, silverappearance.Whether you choose weather proof furniture or need an outdoor furniture cover to protect thefurniture you do have, making smart decisions about protecting your investments means you’ll enjoynewer looking, more comfortable furniture for years to come.Read More