Outdoor Patio Furniture Covers

Weather-resistant outdoor patio furniture covers help protect finishes from rust, water, and sun damage. When homeowners or businesses purchase quality exterior furnishings for the pool, patio, or sundeck, they want to be sure that their investment is protected. Homeowners don't want to have to buy new exterior ensembles every year; and commercial establishments, such as hotel chains, resorts, and spas can easily lose money replacing worn out deck chairs and poolside chaises. But certain weather conditions and climates can be brutal on exterior furniture and coverings. Rain can cause metal frames or fasteners to rust. Sunlight and heat can fade or melt some finishes or cause paint shrinkage, bubbling, ridges, or tears. Mold and mildew is not only unsightly, but difficult to clean and can leave permanent stains or become toxic to humans and pets. Even the hardiest redwood or cedar can become water logged or excessively dry, and swell, split or splinter when left untreated and out of doors. Worries about cracking or peeling metal furnishings, weather-beaten wood frames, or mildew and molded plastic and fabric seats disappear when owners opt to purchase and use high-tech outdoor patio furniture covers.

As exterior furnishings have become more fashionable, following designer clothing trends; so have the coverings which protect them. Tarp manufacturers have kept pace with the times by borrowing technologies from NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to offer consumers high quality weather resistant products to protect exterior finishes. Fabrics that can withstand the intense heat of space travel can easily protect against the sun's rays on a hot summer day in Florida or the bone-chilling cold of a Midwestern winter. Today's new generation of outdoor patio furniture covers not only makes a fashion statement, but is also a testament to twenty-first century engineering ingenuity. A testament presents convincing evidence of claims made about a person, product or service; but there is no greater testament than the witness of Jesus Christ. "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause He is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance" (Hebrews 9:14-15).

Heavy duty covers constructed from space-age fabrics offer superior protection from blustering winds, the searing heat of the sun, and inclement weather. Today's manufacturers of outdoor patio furniture covers utilize specially engineered materials which resist water and condensation, repel dirt and dust and allow fine furnishings to breathe. While run-of-the-mill plastics and oil cloths tend to "suffocate" wood, metal, and PVC chairs, tables, chaises and grills; twenty-first century fabrics are constructed of two layers which prevent covers from sticking to porous and non-porous surfaces. Both layers are designed to repel water, dust, and ultraviolet rays from the sun. Dual-tier construction offers greater protection than single-layer tarps which tend to sweat or cling to metal or plastic finishes. Like the body's outer layer of skin, a durable top material must not only repel the elements and inclement weather, but also retain pigment. No one likes the look of outdoor patio furniture covers that are faded, stained, and pitted with acid rain. Space- age fabrics utilize state-of-the-art manufacturing processes to bind pigment to synthetic fibers, producing a unique formula for resisting fading, staining, cracking, peeling, mold, or mildew. In spite of weather that can range from severely cold to extremely hot, coverings retain their beauty year upon year and wipe clean with a soft rag and mild soap.

The second layer of high-quality outdoor patio furniture covers is constructed of a soft breathable fabric, which provides a cushion of air between furnishings and the tarp. This cushion of air allows exterior chairs, chaises and tables to stay cooler without clinging to surfaces as they expand and contract. Even in the most humid weather, fabrics glide over furnishings to protect from moisture. Pliable covers resist cracking in severe heat or cold and provide long lasting durability in wind, rain, or snow. Tarps come in several standard sizes for chairs, chaises, tables, or other outdoor patio furniture. Some manufacturers offer custom sizes for hard-to-fit or over-sized pieces in a variety of colors and patterns to suit any taste. High-tech tarps are relatively light weight and can be easily removed for cleaning or use, and storage is simple. Most durable varieties fold flat or can be stored on a shelf in a dry area away from heat sources to prevent excessive creases or punctures. Heavily soiled coverings can be washed down with an ordinary garden hose or wiped clean with a soft cloth.

Well-constructed outdoor patio furniture covers prolong the life of exterior furnishings by keeping out dust, bird droppings, and allergens, like pollen. Routinely covering chairs high-tech tarps saves money and keeps furnishings looking their best for years. To find covers constructed from space-age fabrics, shoppers can search online or visit local vendors. Pool manufacturers, lawn and garden supply stores, or home improvement chains may carry a large selection of coverings. For custom sizes, consumers may have to shop online. Web-based suppliers offer lots of information and specifications which enable online shoppers to compare features and pricing before making a decision on which brands to choose. Outdoor patio furniture covers will be rated according to their ability to resist water and condensation, repel dirt, dust and allergens, and allow exterior furnishings to breathe. Shoppers should remember that you generally get what you pay for. While high-end exterior furniture coverings may be more expensive than brands purchased at a home improvement store, more durable brands can be expected to last longer. Wise consumers will want to weigh price against performance, while staying within a reasonable budget for household maintenance expenses.

Patio Furniture Covers

Patio furniture cushions may need to be updated or covered from year to year depending on the wear and natural weathering that they sustain. Furnishings for outdoor living are popular purchases for homeowners and apartment dwellers who enjoy living outside as much as possible during the summer months. "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High." (Psalm 92:1) For those who live in extremely mild climates, products such as patio furniture covers may be a yearly purchase. Furnishings for pool side or deck living can be found in a wide range of styles, prices and designs that make it easy for anyone to find the right accommodations for their lifestyle.

There are many different styles of furniture that is designed for every taste including pieces made from wicker, wood, metal and polypropylene materials. For those who want to decorate a deck side sunroom with the feeling of the tropics, there are many online sources that offer domestic and foreign products made from wicker. Wicker ware is extremely popular in areas of the country that enjoy a tropical climate. Airy, light colored furnishings from wicker can be purchased in many different colors including natural tones. Pieces such as couches, daybeds, chairs, end tables and coffee tables can be purchased with decorative patio furniture cushions included.

Many wicker pieces include padded cushions made from duck or a weatherproof material that can withstand wind, rain and humidity. Residents of tropical climates usually purchase patio furniture covers in order to protect their outdoor furniture from the elements. Outdoor furnishings such as wicker are best preserved when protected with coverings during rainy, damp weather. Another popular material that is coming to the forefront in wicker ware furnishings, are those that are made from synthetic processing. Polypropylene is a synthetic material that can carry the natural appearance of painted wood while retaining the hardy properties of a plastic like substance.

A lot of wicker ware products are really not typical wicker ware at all, but reproductions of the popular style made from the synthetic material. The wearability and resilience of synthetic 'wood' provides a perfect outdoor piece of furniture that will not sustain the normal degradation of that is common with wood products. The color lasts and the finish continues to look good after weathering and heavy use. Cleaning only requires a damp cloth or general household cleaning solution to remove typical grime, dirt and mold buildup that can occur in humid climates. Worn patio furniture cushions can be replaced whenever needed and will immediately provide a fresh, new appearance to well used items made from polypropylene products.

Metal outdoor furnishings have been used for hundreds of years for both outdoor and indoor chairs, benches, stands, shelving and plant stands. Outdoor furniture made from cast iron has been a traditional part of most city park and playground facilities because of its almost indestructible structure. Metal furnishings have also become quite appealing for both indoor and outdoor products and now can be found in a variety of colors. Metal furnishings that are antiqued or intentionally weathered for a rustic look are commonly found at pool side retreats or garden vistas in both public and residential settings. Residential pieces generally provide patio furniture cushions for added comfort while public furnishings do not. Since cast iron or painted metal endures just about any type of weather, it generally does not need patio furniture covers to protect its finish.

Wood has also been a traditional favorite for outdoor furnishings even though wood may need more care than metal pieces. However, most wood patio and deck products are treated with a water and insect repellent paint or stain. This insures its usability for years to come while also retaining a warm, rustic finish as well. Many deck furnishings can be purchased in various stain colors or finishes that will match any exterior decorations. Patio furniture cushions can be mixed and matched for added flexibility of any color scheme. Many designs provide the option of replacing used cushions whenever needed through a company's own line of product.

Standard replacements can also be purchased through an assortment of online stores that specialize in deck and patio replacement pillows. Patio furniture covers can be purchased as well that matches the color of a deck or pool side set. Easy throw on covers made from heavy plastic material or other synthetic fabric is generally available for most outdoor sets of furniture and can be purchased as part of a set. Covers can be found separately for those who decide they want to provide added protection to their already purchased set of furnishings. For whatever the need or reason, covers are always a smart investment because they can add years to the life of outdoor furniture.

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