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Now that you've spent a good deal of money on new furniture for the porch, patio, or deck, what will you do with it when harsh weather prevents its use for extended periods of time? As a whole, homeowners have three basic choices -- store it, cover it, or do nothing. The right choice for you will depend largely on your particular situation. Knowing more about each option should allow any homeowner to make the most informed decision about outdoor furniture protection. Letting It Go Some homeowners may choose to do very little, if anything, to protect their outdoor furniture. Many people may believe that they do not have any extra time to use patio furniture covers or to move furniture pieces into storage. Protecting the outdoor furniture is not usually near the top of the priorities list for many busy homeowners. Unfortunately, neglected patio furniture deteriorates much more quickly than protected furniture. The lifespan of resins, metals, and woods is greatly reduced with constant exposure to the elements. The result is furniture that looks battered and shabby, and that falls apart and requires replacing much sooner than homeowners might expect. Storing It Away Other homeowners like to store their patio furniture in a shed or other available enclosure. Storing outdoor furniture is a practical choice when it will be out of use for a lengthy period of time, such as over the winter months. Storing furniture does have some disadvantages, though. Outdoor furniture is usually heavy, and moving it safely requires more than one person. Moving furniture can cause injury to those doing the moving, and it can cause damage to furniture pieces if any part is bumped, scraped, or dropped in transit. Storage is not an ideal option for homeowners who do not have extra space available, nor is it ideal for those who desire only temporary protection for their furniture from the elements. Covering It Up A growing number of homeowners prefer the third option for outdoor furniture protection -- patio furniture covers. Patio furniture covers can be easily put on and taken off, making it possible to use them frequently. Homeowners can quickly cover their patio furniture prior to a big storm, and then remove the covers once the skies have cleared. Patio furniture covers made with superior quality fabrics are intended to stand up to many years of harsh weather conditions, too, so they can protect furniture effectively for extended periods of time. Also, patio furniture covers are easy to store because they can be folded away and stowed in a small space when not in use. Storing outdoor furniture, covering it, or doing nothing to protect it is entirely a choice to be made by each individual homeowner. Understanding some of the advantages and disadvantages of

each option, though, is crucial so that the best personal choice can be made.

Larry R Lewis is co-owner of, specializing in high quality, durable Custom Covers and Ready-Made Stock Covers to protect practically everything under the sun, including Patio Furniture Covers.

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