How To Protect Your Outdoor Furniture From Snow
The majority of homeowners who have a patio, also have outdoor furniture that are perfect for the summer sitting and enjoying the outdoors. But when winter comes, if left as is, your furniture may get damaged as a result of the water, snow, humidity or the dry air, and a lot of people have no strategy on how to protect their outdoor furniture from damages induce duringthe winter.
The winter season may be ideal to go out and play in the snow. Nonetheless, it may also be too cold for your family to stay outside on your patio. As much as you like to enjoy your outdoor area, the weather can be unpleasant. In order to protect your patio furniture from the extreme cold months, you have to bring the pieces of furniture indoors or give it the required protection it needs to prevent damages.
The best way to prevent wear and tear in the winter months is to store your furniture in a self storage facility. After selecting a size that fits your needs from a large selection of heated, indoor units, you have to prepare your outdoor patio furniture for storage.
Protecting outdoor furniture is simple. Since it is available in numerous kinds of materials like wood, metal, plastic, wicker, fiverglass, and others, each kind requires a different type of protection. Here are some tips to assist you in ensuring that your patio furniture items will be in their best shape throughout the winter months.
Wood furniture is very easily damaged during the winter due to the dry air that tends to crack the wood easily. Snow will add to the damage due to the water getting into those fresh cracks, which will strain and buckle the wood, rendering it worthless at times. So what you need to do here is first of all, get some patio covers that can protect the wood from becoming damaged in the first place. The covers can come off as soon as winter is over. Also you can move the furniture to a shielded room, or a closed patio/gazebo, somewhere where snow, humidity and extensive dry air won’t touch the wood.
Plastic furniture doesn’t have any problem with moisture as the wood does, since it doesn’t absorb moisture. Nonetheless, the frigid temperature in the winter tends to make plastic brittle enough for it to crack when you try to using it. This kind of furniture is best kept in a shed out of the snow, cold or freezing rain. Storing your plastic furniture like this will ensure many years of great support.
Premium-quality aluminum is strong and lightweight. Some aluminum furniture is fully casted; others incorporate both casted and extruded aluminum parts. The greatest aluminum furniture is made of heavy gauge of our aluminum with superior welding techniques for additional strength, and is also powdercoated to avoid rusting. It must be cleaned periodically using mild soap and lukewarm water. You shouldn’t use abrasive cleaners. To expand the life of your aluminum furniture used seaside or near salt water pools, weekly cleaning helps remove the concentrated salt deposits that can lead to finish failure.
It’s crucial to properly clean your furniture before storing or covering it. Vacuum or shake off outdoor cushions, spot clean with mild detergent, and let them air-dry thoroughly before storing indoors or in a watertight cushion keeper for winter. Brush loose dirt from tables and chairs, then wash with mild soapy water, if needed. Once dry, move to storage or affix the covers, and you’re finished for the season.
Furniture protection is essential especially if you want to maintain its quality. Some pieces of furniture are not made to withstand extreme weather conditions or snow so it is better to give it the care and protection it needs. If you do not want to use your outdoor furniture during the winter season, keep it safe and dry by storing it indoors or covering them with protective furniture covers. Storing/protective covers prolong the life of your furniture. Any outdoor furniture maintenance you perform on your outdoor furniture will prolong its life. Some of the pieces today that are offered for use outdoors are quite pricy. Thus, you want to protect your investment in them for years to come.
This post was written by Philippe Allaire, a Canadian expert with his own home improvement blog, who has been in the business for the last 15 years, specializing in the drywall and taping field.
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