Set of Covermates Ultima Ripstop Grey Patio Furniture Covers

Protecting your patio furniture is essential to keeping your outdoor space looking beautiful and functional year after year. However, many myths and misconceptions associated with patio furniture covers can lead to inadequate protection and wasted money. We'll explore some common myths about patio furniture covers and the facts you need to know to make informed decisions about protecting your outdoor furniture.


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Myth #1 – Waterproof Covers are the Best Option

Breathable and water-resistant covers are the way to go. Water-resistant covers repel most water but allow air to circulate by utilizing breathable fabric and mesh vents. Unlike waterproof covers, this allows moisture in the cover to evaporate quickly. So-called waterproof covers are usually made of a plastic film or a plastic-coated fabric. The problem with this type of cover is that condensation and dew can still form beneath the cover. This results in mold or mildew forming on your furniture's cushions, and pillows and water stains or rust on the finish. Though many covers boast being waterproof, it's best to avoid these products in order to provide your furniture with the best protection. For more information, explore our deep dive into dispelling the myth of waterproof patio furniture covers.


Myth #2 - All Patio Furniture Covers are the Same

When picking a patio furniture cover, they can be as unique as the furniture they are intended to protect. Each cover has a host of benefits, from the materials and craftsmanship to the features and warranty.

Two of the most common types of patio furniture cover materials are polyester and vinyl. Both serve as a barrier between the elements and your furniture but their effectiveness and longevity are determined by your home's weather conditions. A good rule of thumb is to use vinyl covers for climates with low sun and moderate rain and polyester covers for everything else. Stock-dyed and solution-dyed polyester covers are much more resilient to the elements. Though solution-dyed covers hold their color longer in intense sunlight due to each stand being individually dyed, they stand up to the sun much longer than vinyl which cracks over time. 

Our covers come in 4 different high-quality materials designed to withstand almost any weather conditions. Each is backed by a warranty of up to 10 years so you can shop confidently. Check out our material comparison chart to find which collection suits you.


Myth #3 – Durable Materials Don't Need Covers

Even durable materials can be damaged by the elements over time, and covering your patio furniture can help extend its lifespan. High-quality covers help prevent fading, rust, water damage, and more. While it's true that materials like metal and teak are durable, they are not invincible. Exposure to the sun, wind, and rain can cause wear and tear over time, leading to damage and reduced lifespan. Covering your furniture when it's not in use can help prevent this damage and keep it looking great for years.


Myth #4 - Patio Furniture Covers are Only for Winter

While it's true that covers are crucial during the winter to protect against snow and ice, covers can also be helpful during other seasons to protect against rain, wind, and UV rays. Covers are important in the warmer months to protect against the damaging effects of UV rays, which can cause fading and discoloration to your furniture. The added protection also helps prevent the buildup of pollen and other debris that can cause stains and damage to the surface of your patio furniture. Using patio furniture covers year-round can help keep your furniture in good condition and extend its lifespan.


Myth #5 - Patio Furniture Covers are Difficult to Clean

Cleaning your patio furniture cover is essential to maintaining its effectiveness and prolonging its lifespan. Fortunately, most covers are easy to clean with a damp cloth and mild soap, and regular cleaning will help keep your cover looking great and protect your furniture from the elements. If you want to learn more, check out our in-depth guide on how to clean your covers effortlessly.


Myth #6 – Bigger Covers are Always Better

While choosing a cover that fits your patio furniture properly is important, you want one that fits your furniture's dimensions as closely as possible.  An oversized cover creates low points in the cover that traps water until you remove the cover. This is known as water pooling. If the water isn't removed, it can lead to the cover ripping or water leaking onto your furniture. You also want to avoid a cover being too long and dragging on the ground. This can trap moisture and lead to mold and mildew growth. We recommend a cover that is 1-2 inches shorter than your furniture. 

When covering larger items where pooling can be unavoidable, we recommend adding an air bag to elevate the low spots and promote water runoff. Some furniture pieces can be adjusted to avoid water pooling as well. If you're covering a dining table set, try pulling each chair out slightly to create a more taught fit to avoid sagging fabric. For outdoor sofas and chairs, try positioning your outdoor cushions and pillows to alleviate water pooling. Re-positioning your furniture is an easy way to make a cover fit better. See the images below showing how different the cover fits for a Table/Chair Set Cover with the chairs pushed in all the way (left) versus pulled slightly out (right).

By dispelling these common myths, we hope to make finding suitable patio furniture covers simple and hassle-free. Remember to choose a cover that is the right size and level of water resistance for your furniture, and clean it regularly to ensure it lasts for years to come. With the right cover, your patio furniture can look great and provide a comfortable outdoor space for you and your loved ones.

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