How To Protect Patio Furniture in Winter October 26th, 2018 PennDutch Care & Maintenance Unfortunately, warm summer days must come to an end. As the crisp weather of fall prepares us for the cold days ahead, it’s time to start thinking about how to protect patio furniture in winter. Relentless cold temperatures, snow, and frost can damage your furniture if it’s not properly protected. To avoid future cracking, warping, or discoloration, take these steps to winterize your patio furniture. Place Your Patio Furniture in Storage The easiest way to protect patio furniture is to remove it from the elements entirely. If you have the storage space available, move your patio and lawn furniture into your shed, garage, or basement. You can also purchase a storage chest for any pillows or cushions you use on your patio furniture. Many of these chests are unobtrusive enough to be kept on your patio all year. Cover Patio Furniture in Winter If storage space is limited, you can keep your patio furniture in place over the winter. However, a build-up of leaves and debris on your furniture creates a breeding ground for mildew and mold during the winter months. You can still protect your furniture from freezing temperatures, excess moisture, and outdoor debris by using patio furniture covers. These covers are typically made of polyester and they are sold in sizes that fit round or rectangular dining tables and chairs, coffee tables, rocking chairs, chaise lounges, or entire sectionals. Protect Patio Furniture Materials If your patio furniture will be exposed, here’s how to protect patio furniture in winter and prevent damage. Depending on the material it’s made from, there are different ways to protect patio furniture: Poly Lumber — Much of the patio furniture sold by Penn Dutch Structures is constructed of poly lumber which is made from recycled plastics. By nature, this material is highly resistant to cracking, peeling, or rotting. While no winterizing treatment is necessary, it’s best to give your poly lawn and patio furniture as much cover as possible. Wood — When you purchase wood patio furniture, including rocking chairs and porch swings, ask if it’s been finished with a waterproof sealant. This will prevent the wood from absorbing moisture from rain and snow. If your wood outdoor furniture has not been finished with a protective sealant, you may want to apply one yourself before harsh weather sets in. Aluminum — Aluminum furniture is manufactured with a powder coating that helps protect it from the elements and fight against rust. However, as the winter weather approaches, you can add an extra layer of protection by using automotive wax to create a moisture seal. Are you interested in upgrading your patio furniture? Even in the offseason, Penn Dutch has a large inventory of poly lumber and wood patio furniture. Browse online or on location at The Markets At Shrewsbury!