You wouldn’t spend all day in the sun without some kind of protection, right? Well, the same is true for your furniture. Just as you would slather sunscreen on to protect your skin, you need to protect another important investment from the sun—your outdoor furniture. Prolonged exposure to sun and heat can cause irreversible damage, called sun fading, to your furniture. Here’s what you need to know.
Sunlight and leather are not best friends. Too much sun will cause leather to lose its natural color and appear dry and worn. Leather’s natural oils gradually evaporate over time, resulting in stiff and cracked furniture. Once the color in your leather furniture fades, the only way to get it back is with the help of a professional redying. Taking preventative measures to protect your leather furniture from sun fading is a much more cost effective approach.
Sun fading is a big problem for fabrics, too. Most furniture fabrics don’t have built-in sun repellants or protection. High-end fabrics like linen and silk are especially vulnerable, and darker colors fade much faster than lighter ones. If you want your fabric furniture to retain its natural color, you’ll have to avoid sun fading.
Wood furniture is perfect for the sun, right? Actually, the sun’s rays are one of the most destructive elements to wood furniture. Wood requires a great deal of maintenance in order to avoid irreversible sun and water damage. Routine paints and varnishes are necessary to protect wood from ultraviolet light damage. Wood that’s exposed to the sun can “tan” or burn just like a person.
Stay in the Shade with a Summer Awning
No one wants to keep moving their outdoor furniture from the yard to their garage everyday. A summer awning offers a convenient location to protect your outdoor furniture from the sun’s rays. An awning is also a great place to avoid water damage from light showers and thunderstorms. Don’t let the heat ruin your summer, stay cool in the shade with a summer awning.
Summer Awnings from Carroll Awning Company
Ready to enjoy the summer breeze beneath your awning? The Carroll Awning Company provides the best quality, energy-efficient canopies, awnings, Sunesta shelters, and frames for any business, restaurant, home, or apartment. We design, create, and install custom-created canopies and awnings all year round!