Outdoor furniture covers have come a long way in the last few years. And it’s a good thing, because they need to multi-talented and multi-tasking in order to do an effective job on protecting and preserving the furniture we enjoy so much.
Your backyard may seem like a peaceful place – but to your outdoor furniture set, it can be a hostile environment. Sun, wind, and rain all take their toll. Snow, ice or salt air are even worse. Then there are the attacks from the animal kingdom. Birds, bugs, and squirrels – along with a host of other backyard visitors – will make a mess of your furniture. Some may build their nest in it. Others might even try to eat it!
With all of that going on, outdoor furniture covers need to be extremely tough. Yet, they also need to be soft, so as to not mar the furniture underneath. Weight is an issue, too. Those old heavy tarps were never very popular. Too heavy! Finally, your outdoor furniture covers need to be “breathable”. Otherwise they will promote, rather than prevent, the growth of mold and mildew.
It’s a difficult order to fill. Old-school covers, made of canvas or plastic, never could meet all the requirements. And the frustrations of dealing with their shortcomings led many to give up on the idea of covers altogether.
All that has changed. Thanks largely to the development of “woven polyester”. This tight mesh is softer and more pliable than pure plastic. And when reinforced with a coating on one side, it’s just as strong as a heavy-gauge tarp. But perhaps the most amazing thing about these new polyester “fabrics” – they are both “breathable” and water-resistant.
The SurLast® Story
If you have any boats in your life, you have likely already heard about SurLast. SurLast is made in the USA by Glen Raven in North Carolina. They also make SunBrella®, which has long been the defacto standard for heavy-duty marine use. You’ll find it everywhere there’s water – covering all kinds of equipment on boats, docks, resort decks, even entire boats themselves.