Winter weather can wreak havoc not only on your electricity and gas bills but on your outdoor furniture as well. The dropping temperatures can put our outdoor furniture at risk of freeze damage.
Freeze damage refers to moisture that gets frozen inside of the furniture and can cause the material and frames to crack. When it rains, moisture accumulates in the frame of your outdoor furniture which can then freeze in the cold weather and result in damage to your furniture.
Below are some tips on how you can prevent freeze damage on different types of furniture
1. Aluminum Frames
Most aluminum frames have holes that are designed to help drain water. In theory, this should allow the inside of frames to air out, however, moisture can also enter in through these holes. To solve this, place your outdoor furniture in a position that allows water to easily flow out using the force of gravity to your advantage.
Pro tip: To keep your aluminum furniture in tip top condition, give frames a good scrub down with some detergent and warm water.
2. Wood Furniture
Wood has a density that leads it to expand and contract on a normal basis. This is especially common during winters. If it is raining, then water can seep into small cracks and fill the wood with moisture. Aside from mould and mildew, this can also lead your wood furniture to start cracking.
When moisture gets into these small cracks and freezes, it can expand, and this can cause cracks to form in your wood furniture.
Pro tip: The best solution is to bring wood furniture inside to avoid any serious damage. However, if that’s not possible then use our furniture covers to protect it against moisture and the cold weather.
3. Wrought Iron Frames
Furniture made from wrought iron is very durable. The high density in the material makes wrought iron frames great for outdoors. However, they are still susceptible to weather damage when left outside unprotected for too long. While you can simply move the furniture to a safe undercover place, not everyone is able to do so. The next best thing would be to cover the furniture with a waterproof and UV protected furniture cover.
4. Synthetic Wicker
Synthetic Wicker materials fare very well in harsh conditions. The durability of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Wicker is unmatched, and it is also aesthetically pleasing. For the most part, you don’t have to do anything special to protect synthetic wicker from freeze damage. It does help if you wash it with warm water and light detergent to remove any grime that may have accumulated over the years. Or better yet, cover it with an outdoor furniture cover so you don’t have to worry about the dirt accumulating on your furniture.
Pro tip: Our premium covers have a fabric finish on them making them look great while protecting your furniture.