How To Protect Your Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor wooden furniture for your patios, backyards, balconies and terraces are an addition that look classy and last long. Wooden furniture, however, can be easily damaged in harsh weather. As such you should take precautions and prepare your outdoor wooden furniture for specific weather conditions you may deal with. The major points to consider are :

Location :
One of the most important aspect to consider when it comes to protecting your furniture is to know what kind of weather it is your dealing with. Someone who lives in a place like Delhi will not necessarily need a water sealant, but should rather consider painting their furniture to protect it from the heat of the sun. A person living in Pune, however, may want to consider water sealant. People specific to the area know their weather best and as such should be sure to acquire the furniture protection they may actually need.

Paint :
To have the best protection against natural elements, you should use paint on your wooden furniture outdoors. Although this will lead to losing the natural look of the wood the provision of paint will give the best protection to your furniture. Paint protects wooden furniture by reflecting the UV radiation from the sun. It will help protect the wood underneath the layer of paint saving it from problems like rot. For such cases choose latex paint over oil-based paints as they tend to last longer. Depending on the piece of furniture and the weather conditions you should keep reapplying paint from time to time.

Water Sealers :
If you happen to live in a region prevalent with rainy weather, or if you feel you need to keep your outdoor wooden furniture well protected, you should take a look into applying a water sealant to your furniture. A water sealant not only provides a beautiful look to the wood but also keeps the furniture well protected. A water sealant not only protects your piece of furniture from liquids on the outside, but also allows for liquids within to evaporate thus helping to avoid splitting, rotting, and warping.

Varnish :
Another technique to protect your outdoor wooden furniture is varnish. The most tried and tested technique among Indian furniture owners, you can acquire varnish from your local home store. There are a variety of options available, so be sure to acquire a viable option. Just like in the case of a water sealant, this will help to maintain the look of the wood although it does not protect as well as paint. Also be sure to apply a coating every now and then.

Covers :
Patio covers will offer physical protection to your furniture from not only the weather but also other forms of harm. Make sure you have your measurements right for each specific piece of furniture.

Placement :
Where you decide to locate your furniture on will also affect how much damage the piece of furniture will garner over time. At the edges of the patio or balcony furniture will take a heavier beating from the sun and rain, which will have easier access to it. When you foresee a storm coming or on a hot and sunny day, be sure to pull your piece of furniture towards the interior. Precaution is the best cure.

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