Dispelling the Myth of Waterproof Covers
Whether it’s summer, winter, fall, or spring, having the proper cover for your outdoor furniture is essential. However, knowing which one to pick can be difficult, especially since some of the terms used to describe the covers seem to have similar meanings. We’ve found that one of the biggest misconceptions surrounding cover usage is whether they are “waterproof” or not. You may think that finding a waterproof cover is the perfect solution to protect your furniture or vehicle, but this is neither realistic nor ideal. Always look for a cover that is breathable and water-resistant; these are the ones that offer the best and safest protection.
Waterproof covers are advertised as being able to completely block moisture from passing through the material and getting on what it is covering. They’re typically 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. Be wary of any covers that are advertised as “waterproof” rather than “water-resistant”. Waterproof covers are usually cheaply made and may end up damaging what they are meant to protect.
Breathable and water-resistant covers are the way to go. But “waterproof” and “water-resistant” sound very similar. So, what’s the difference? Well, it all comes down to air flow. Water-resistant covers repel most water, but still allow for air to circulate. Unlike waterproof covers, this allows moisture in the cover to evaporate quickly. Quick evaporation provides the following advantages:
- Prevents paint damage and rust.
- Prevents mildew and mold resistant.
- Prevents water stains on furniture’s finish.
Do Waterproof Covers Exist?
We may not be official Myth Busters, but we were able to solve this mystery – waterproof covers are a myth. Any cover is going to let some moisture through. Covers that claim to be waterproof will not allow the moisture to evaporate, since the moisture isn’t supposed to be there. Breathable and water-resistant covers block most of the moisture but allows for any that gets through to evaporate quickly.
What Should You Look For?
Seek out a cover that promotes its water-resistant and breathable fabric. The best covers will have water-resistant seam binding and built-in mesh vents. Enhanced seam bindings give extra protection both for water protection and durability. Mesh vents promote air flow, which will help prevent mold and mildew.
When we were designing and constructing our products, we kept all of these necessary features in mind. We are dedicated to providing you the highest quality product, so we spent the time to research and fully understand how our covers needed to react in every weather condition. All Coverstore collections are water-resistant and come with breathable mesh vents to ensure the safety for whatever you are covering. We’ve outlined the key features of each of our collections below to help you pick the cover that’s right for you.
- Fabric: Our Classic covers are made with water-resistant 12-guage vinyl fabric, making them both lightweight and durable.
- Seams: These covers are made with seam binding to help keep moisture from entering at the seams and deter the fabric from unraveling.
- Built-In Mesh Vents: As with all our covers, Classic covers come with mesh vents.
- Best used in climates with moderate to high rainfall/snowfall and low humidity.
- Fabric: Our #1 best-selling Elite covers come in 300-denier polyester, making them lightweight for easy storage and reliable for year-round protection.
- Seams: These covers are also made with seam binding to help keep moisture from entering at the seams and are also double stitched to provide extra durability.
- Built-In Mesh Vents: As with all our covers, Elite covers come with mesh vents.
- Best used in climates with moderate to high rainfall/snowfall and low to moderate humidity.
- Fabric: Our top-rated Ultima covers come in state-of-the-art 600-denier ripstop polyester, making these covers medium-weight and very durable. Unlike the Elite collection, Ultima covers are solution-dyed, making them fade-resistant.
- Seams: Ultima covers include waterproof seam binding and rot-resistant thread for improved durability.
- Built-In Mesh Vents: Ultima covers are made with covered mesh vents, to provide for a more pleasing aesthetic.
- Best used in climates with moderate to heavy rainfall, heavy to extreme snowfall, and moderate to high humidity.
- Fabric: Our sturdy and stylish Prestige covers come in 900-denier polyester, making these covers heavy duty and UV and mildew resistant.
- Seams: Similar to our Ultima collection, Prestige covers include waterproof seam binding and rot-resistant thread for improved durability.
- Built-In Mesh Vents: Prestige covers come with dual-covered mesh vents, which allows for extra airflow and quicker evaporation.
- Best used in climates with heavy to extreme rainfall, snowfall, and humidity.
*The collections listed above may not be available for all products and features may vary based on product type and style.