Summer is the best time of year to spend time in your backyard. Warmer temperatures and longer, brighter days make this season an ideal time to relax in your outdoor space with close friends and family. Keep your garden party guests focused on soaking up the sun and enjoying the atmosphere; don’t let faded cushions and worn out furniture dampen the vibe of your summer soiree. Keeping your patio protected from harsh UV rays is no sweat when you apply simple steps to combat the summer sun.
Minding Your Materials
Having to replace outdoor couch cushions and patio furniture every season is expensive and quite a hassle. Knowing how different textiles and furniture materials react to outdoor weather conditions will help you find ways to protect these items from the elements and maintain their pristine condition.
Wood, teak, wicker, and metal are commonly used to construct outdoor furnishings. Material-specific, UV stain protectants applied regularly protect furniture pieces with a seal that shields your items from rain, UV rays, and other severe weather conditions that threaten the longevity of your furniture items. A general maintenance rule is to reapply these protective varnishes and coatings every two years, so the upkeep is minimal.
Certain outdoor furniture companies sell readymade weatherproof products. However, you can easily find protective coatings at your local hardware store if you’re in the mood for a DIY outdoor project. If you choose to take sun-proofing your patio furniture into your own hands, just remember to wear gloves, a mask, and protective eyewear. Be sure to apply the protective seal away from children and pets and allow the coating time to dry completely before you use it again.
Made In The Shade
The best way to protect against the summer’s harsh UV rays is to limit your patio furniture’s exposure to them. A large patio umbrella made from durable materials could be a great addition to your backyard space. Your friends and family will also enjoy having a place to escape the hot summer sun while they cool off and relax under the shade.
Fence privacy screens are another great option to provide some shade and protect against outdoor elements. Keep outdoor debris, harsh UV rays, and pestilence away from your backyard oasis with sturdy, weather resistant PVC coated polyester screens. These options can be tailored to your fence size and there are many opaque fabric colors to choose from, so finding something to fit your outdoor aesthetic will be a breeze!
Keep It Covered
In the event a heatwave disrupts the typically balmy summer season, outdoor furniture covers and outdoor cushion and pillow covers will protect your lifestyle furniture from the strain of excess heat, which can fade and rip certain fabrics.
If you are going on holiday, either apply your furniture covers or store your more vulnerable outdoor furnishings in a cool, dark place away from environmental elements. Storage bags can help keep all of your outdoor items neat and organized.
No matter what you choose, one thing is certain: investing in high quality cushion covers, couch covers, and chair covers will keep your patio protected from not only summer elements but will maintain your marvelous patio furniture against all types of weather, all year long.
The How-To of Must-Do
There is an array of covers to choose from so even the most unique outdoor furniture styles can beat the heat and stay protected. Finding your perfect cover fit is an important step in sun-proofing your patio. Take accurate measurements of your outdoor pieces before placing your cover order.
Choosing the right textiles for patio covers to withstand the elements depends upon your area’s climate. Mild summer climates should be fine using lightweight cover materials for daily use. If you live in an area with more extreme seasonal temperatures, PVC polyester covers are needed to combat high UV ray exposure.
It All Adds Up
If you are considering revamping your patio or backyard space this summer, protect your investment by sun-proofing your outdoor furniture, pillows, and cushions. Find furniture pieces with weather repellant coating or do it yourself with material-specific varnishes from your local hardware store. Add umbrellas and fence privacy screens for added shade to cool off your outdoor space and prevent furniture fading.
Make space to store your seasonal patio items during the fall and winter months and don’t forget to order custom chair covers and cushion covers for year round protection from every weather occurrence – from snow to sunshine. These simple steps will protect your patio furniture from the sun’s searing rays and create a cool, clean, and fun outdoor space your family and friends can enjoy for many summers to come.