When It Rains, It Pours: White Paper Explores Water Resistance

When It Rains, It Pours: White Paper Explores Water Resistance

Outdoor fabrics are, by design, built to withstand a variety of weather conditions. But when it comes to balancing durability and comfort, not all outdoor fabrics are created equal.

Take, for example, water resistance.

A waterproof, vinyl-coated fabric may sound like the ideal choice for outdoor furniture and furniture covers. However, completely waterproof fabrics don’t breathe, which creates problems if moisture gets trapped on the inside. In cushions and pillows, mold and mildew can build up in the fill material. In covers, moisture can ruin finishes, rust metal and rot wood. The right combination of breathability and water resistance are key. Depending on the desired outcome, additional factors like water vapor permeability and wickability may play a role, too.

Water Resistant vs Waterproof

In our latest white paper, we explore the science behind water resistant and waterproof fabrics so you can:

  • Understand the terminology

  • Know which factors are involved in making a fabric waterproof
    and breathable
  • Evaluate the moisture resistance indicated by various waterproof ratings

Protecting Outdoor Cushions from the Elements

While Easy Way’s cushion manufacturing options include premium outdoor foam fill and an additional layer of water-resistant material (SMS) for extra moisture protection, we recommend that all outdoor furniture be protected with furniture covers when not in use.

Our wide variety of furniture cover styles are available in two fits:

  • Universal furniture covers that will work with most furniture lines
  • Custom outdoor furniture covers that are tailored to your specifications for a better fit that offers more protection from the elements

We also offer three fabric options let you choose the level of UV protection and water resistance that best meets your needs.

You can read more about water resistance and our various furniture cover options in our white paper.

Download the white paper