The groundhog lied! Most of the country is still in the throes of winter but spring is just around the corner, isn’t it? Sing goodbye snow and hello rainy season.
Unless, of course, you live in a part of the country where it’s been raining all winter.
We’ve all had more water on our patios this year, whether in the form of rain or snow. And unless you properly protect your patio with waterproof outdoor cushions, your outdoor furnishings have taken a beating.
Are you wondering if other than covering up the tables and chairs, there’s anything else you can do to keep the water at bay?
We have your answers here!
Explore a few fresh ideas you can use for patio protection on those endless rainy days of late winter and spring.
Spring Clean Early
You can’t avoid the rain, but you can avoid the mess with regular patio maintenance.
Before the rainy season begins, check gutters and downspouts. If you haven’t cleared out the fall leaves and debris, do it now. Clogged gutters lead to patio floods!
This is a good time to make sure drains carry water away from your patio. If you have a covered patio check for missing or broken tiles or shingles and replace them. This avoids water damage to outdoor furniture and grills.
Use alternative rain collection solutions like rain barrels or cisterns. Get creative and create a rain garden.
Choose Finishes Wisely
When shopping for outdoor furniture, choose water-friendly finishes.
Your climate determines which finish works best. If you live in a coastal area where salty air agrees with you but not your patio furniture, choose marine grade polymer tables and chairs.
Resin wicker creates a cozy, vintage look and wears well in wet conditions.
Aluminum is durable and rust-resistant but certain types are lightweight and may blow over easily in windy conditions. Cast aluminum wins for stability in rough weather.
Wood, although beautiful and strong, needs more TLC than other finishes.
No matter which finishes you choose, make each piece your own with our protective cushion covers!.
Wood You Like a Chair?
Let’s talk for a minute about wood patio furniture.
Wood furniture makes a statement. It’s both rugged and stunning. But since it’s biodegradable, it’s also prone to rot.
Start with pieces made of treated lumber. Other species that resist rotting are redwood, cedar, and teak. Even rot-resistant species don’t last forever and need some love.
Waterproofing wood patio furniture means sealing it completely before applying any finish. Then you can either paint or varnish. Plan on recoating every year.
Wood, unlike polymer and aluminum, doesn’t withstand perpetual water and hates sitting in a puddle. Move it out of the rain or cover it up completely.
Waterproof Outdoor Cushions
Your patio furniture can coexist with a harsh, wet climate—if you protect it.
You’ve invested time and money in outdoor cushions that turn boring chairs into beautiful accent pieces. Most outdoor cushions get moldy and faded after one rainy season. You either spend hours cleaning or you purchase new cushions.
You can easily waterproof outdoor cushions with cushion covers!
Give cushions years more life and add some excitement to your outdoor living space. Cushion covers come in fabrics and patterns for every taste.
Feeling tropical? Go with a fun floral pattern. Create an understated elegant look with a solid cover.
Whatever mood you’re in, you’ll always have a waterproof, washable, and fade-resistant cover on your patio pieces.
What’s on the Floor?
If you enjoy spicing up your boring old concrete patio with a rug, good for you! Just make sure you choose a water-resistant material.
Synthetic outdoor rugs can last season after season without much wear and tear.
Polypropylene rugs (also known as olefin) make an excellent choice for waterproof outdoor rugs. They’re also mildew-resistant.
Acrylic outdoor rugs release moisture quickly and are stain-resistant—a big plus for patio use.
These rugs all work well on wood decks or concrete and can withstand long stretches of rainy days.
It’s Called Patio Art
Patio décor isn’t complete without a few scene-stealing accent pieces. You’re only limited by your imagination—and the materials you choose.
Anything crafted from stone or glass works well on the patio. Ceramic comes in all colors of the rainbow and brightens up your outdoor space year-round. Terracotta makes a sturdy vessel, but statues are also made from this earthy, water-friendly material.
Steel sculptures are rust-resistant and like pieces made from stone or ceramic make wonderful art pieces for your patio in any climate.
Always popular, metal patio pieces, such as sculptures and table décor, can stay outside as long as they’re treated for rust-resistance.
Don’t shy away from canvas artwork. You can find outdoor art printed on waterproof materials. These pieces are durable and can withstand moisture and humidity.
If you don’t plan on using your patio for long stretches of time, you can always cover your furniture.
Take the extra step and invest in waterproof furniture covers. These are especially helpful if you store your patio furnishings in a shed or garage for the winter.
Out of sight means out of mind for everyone but pests and rodents looking for a warm winter hideaway. Waterproof covers keep critters, bugs, and dirt from ruining your outdoor pieces.
Leave your waterproof outdoor cushions in place. Furniture covers protect them too and that way you can still use your patio furniture when you have a sunny day during the winter.
Ready for Spring?
We hope these tips helped you figure out how you can easily waterproof your patio and your outdoor furniture.
Are you ready for spring? Although it feels like spring arrived months ago, it’s not official until later this month. Why not waterproof outdoor cushions before the new season begins?
Visit us here and discover a whole new look for your patio cushions.