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Your patio furniture is an investment and a decorative asset to your patio that you need to care for.  Protect your investment and decor by using furniture covers that will ensure that the furniture frames and cushions retain their appeal and appearance for a long time and extend their useful life.

All Patio Furniture Ages

Patio furniture, whether wicker furniture or some other kind, ages after it is manufactured.  At some point in the future, without some care, that furniture will deteriorate and be ready for the scrap pile.  Recognizing that nothing is cheap today and will only cost more to replace in the future, it only makes sense to take a little care to protect your investment over the short and long term.

Why Cover Outdoor Furniture

You may wonder why it is suggested that you cover your furniture during periods of infrequent use since it is outdoor furniture.  The answer is simple.  If you don’t care about your furniture against the things that can eventually deteriorate it, it won’t last as long and won’t look as good as if you do nothing.  Decomposition of resin reinforced with ultraviolet light inhibitors is small for quality resin and high for inferior resin. Simply letting your furniture sit out in the elements for months and years will eventually cause it to deteriorate faster than if it is covered or stored when not in use.  Using furniture covers or storing them out of the sunlight will help protect against discoloration, fading, nicking, scratches, and aging due to ultraviolet light.

How Long do You Expect to Use Your Patio Furniture?

The simple answer to how long you expect to use your patio furniture is it all depends.  Like most folks, you will want to keep your patio furniture for as long as possible.  Outdoor wicker furniture and many other outdoor furniture are purposely built for the outdoors and won’t show any signs of harm in the short term.  What you might not realize is that if you can keep the furniture from aging during times when you’re not using it much, then you can probably extend how long you keep the furniture in quality condition by simply covering it with furniture covers to limit full exposure to the sun and other elements that can deteriorate your furniture slowly over time.

Depending on the resin quality, you can expect your outdoor furniture to last anywhere between 2 and 8 years with full exposure to the sun and other outdoor elements before it shows serious deterioration.  Covering or storing your resign furniture when it’s not being used can as much as double its aesthetic and useful life.

Do You Need To Protect Outdoor Furniture?

Outdoor wicker furniture and other patio furniture can withstand the outdoor elements quite well; that’s what they are designed to do.  But they are designed to do it for a somewhat limited term exposure compared to being left outside 24 hours a day, seven days a week for ten years.  We fully expect most quality outdoor patio furniture brands to last for many years without deteriorating to the extent that they become unsightly and unusable.  Unfortunately, there are some lesser desirable grades of resin furniture that won’t hold up because the resin itself is not quality.  These poor-quality resins will fade and crack much sooner than a quality resins.  However, depending on the type of resin used and the cushion material you buy, you can experience different deterioration rates.  The reason is that not all resins and cushion materials are the same.  Some resins and cushion fabrics hold up better in ultraviolet sunlight than others.  Dirt, branches, and leaves left on the furniture can stain, scratch, or dirty the furniture finish or cushion fabric.  So, to combat the small daily effects that build up over years, you do need to protect your outdoor furniture if you want it to last longer.

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