Waterproof Car Covers
In fact many car cover companies even advertise their best car covers as being 100% waterproof. That their cover fabric will stop water completely from penetrating their impervious outer layering of fabric. In essence this is completely contrary to what a cover is designed to do. A car cover is designed to protect a consumer's vehicle from external elements. Owning a cover that is “100%” waterproof would be doing exactly the opposite. What the consumer should be looking and asking for is that if the cover they are purchasing is “one-way barrier” to help keep moisture from seeping in, but able to let trapped moisture out.”
Buyer Beware Of 100% Waterproof CarCovers
While you explore the endless options for a protective cover for your vehicle you'll soon notice a myriad of car cover retailers that claim to have covers that are “100% waterproof.” As you come across these results you need to keep looking. The truth of the matter is that if a car cover is 100% waterproof (water tight) then the fabric isn't breathable. This means that as moisture begins to accumulate under the cover it won't be able to escape. This should be one of the main concerns for consumers as they shop for a car cover. If the cover does not have the ability to breathe, there is no way that airflow can get through the material. If the material doesn't allow air to pass through the build up of condensation perpetuates. As this condensation builds your vehicle becomes a petri dish for scientific experiments... Think about it for a moment, moisture is in the air all around us. If you breathe on your glasses lenses you can fog them up due to the amount of moisture in your breath. In the ambient air your car is surrounded by air and moisture, the heating and cooling of the car's metal changes at a different rate than the cover's polymer based material. These variance in the rate of temperature change also causes moisture to build up under the cover. Just the pure forces of nature produce condensation to occur naturally. Left unattended dark, damp places are a prime candidate for mold, mildew, oxidation, and rust to form and grow. This is contrary to what a car cover is intended to protect your vehicle from. A quality car cover needs to be able to breathe, to allow airflow to get through the fabric and let evaporation of the molecular gases escape through the breathable membrane. If you have a cover that is impenetrable to airflow you are putting your vehicle's finish at risk for damage.
Is A Waterproof Cover Really Necessary?
In our experience, we notice our customers have one common question. That question is “Are your car covers 100% waterproof? Will my car get wet while using your cover?” It's not a bad question, it's just not the right one. People presume that they need a cover that is 100% waterproof. In their mind, they believe that water is the worst threat to their car's finish. Sure the atmosphere today is full of harsh pollutants, rain and snow can contain dust, dirt and other contaminants. Most people don't consider that dust can contain chemicals that can cause etching of paint. Wind alone can cause pitting of a car's exterior finish when uncovered. Wind can also cause scratching and scuffs from a poorly fitting cover as well. If left uncovered the UV rays from the sun will cause fading of your car's paint, it can destroy a car's interior by causing fading, cracking and dry rotting. Let's take away mother nature and hone in on our own selves for a moment. People and pets can bump into the vehicle leaving scratches and minor dings in the paint. Bird droppings, daily traffic, and road grime get whipped up into the atmosphere causing potential threats to your uncovered vehicle too. Choosing the best car cover doesn't have to be difficult. The “best” have to meet three basic criteria. It has to be breathable, it needs to be non-abrasive, and it needs to fit your vehicle well.
How To Choose The Best Car Cover For Your Needs
Start with the simple question: “Where will I be storing my car while using a cover?” In a garage enclosed from the weather and elements, under a carport partially protected or outside exposed to everything Mother Nature wants to throw at it?
These questions guide you to make an educated decision. If your car is inside of a garage or storage facility and the elements are not an issue then you don't need to purchase an
outdoor cover with all of the weatherproofing protection. You can go with a lighter weight indoor only type of cover. Our Indoor Black Satin Shield Car Cover is a great solution for people who are using their cover strictly indoors.
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On the other hand, if you're using a carport or leaving your car totally exposed to the weather then you'll want to use a cover designed to stand up to the elements. Our Platinum Shield Car Cover is the best protection for outdoor use.
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The Platinum Shield cover is the best solution for maximum weather protection. Lightweight yet durable, the Platinum Shield offers our highest level protection from all elements. The breathable characteristic of this material naturally prevents mold, mildew, and rust. This cover is made of a high quality woven polyester fabric with a reflective urethane coating that provides excellent water and sun resistance. With an ultra-soft fleece liner, your vehicle's finish will be perfectly preserved and protected.
- The reflective polyester cover material with polyurethane coating sheds water as soon as it hits the cover.
- UV-reflective-silver material protects your vehicle from sun damage and keeps your vehicle cooler.
- Perfect for hot and sunny climates.
- Reduces heat based damage.
- Provides great protection against bird droppings.
- Protects your vehicle's sensitive clear coat finish from the damaging effects of acid rain.
- This multi-layered car cover guards your vehicle from tree sap, dust, dirt, and other harmful pollutants.
- Durable synthetic fabric naturally resists mold, rot, and mildew.
- Double stitched seams provide leak protection and fantastic durability.
- An elastic front and rear hem ensures a snug fit.
- Reinforced grommets built into the cover on the left and right side can be used to secure your cover from theft.
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
Each car cover's ability to protect your vehicle depends on 2 main factors 1) The quality of the fabric. 2) It's construction. The bottom line is that you don't need a 100% waterproof cover to protect your vehicle, it's not a good choice. You need a quality cover built to stand up to the weather and one that is built to last. Remember breathable fabric is the key to protect your car's finish.
For other great resources about car covers check out these great articles Do I need a car cover Protect your car's finish The battle of car versus weather 3 reasons to protect your car's exterior How sun damage hurts your car How nature damages your car