If you live in an area that experiences snow and freezing temperatures during the winter, it is crucial to protect your outdoor furniture so it can withstand the harsh winters. There is truth in covering and storing your furniture in a dry, dark place, however, that can be difficult if you do not have the space to do so. Here are a few tips if you have no choice but to leave it outside.
Metal chairs and tables are prone to rust while living outdoors. And with snow, the constant moisture can cause rust to spread rapidly. To prevent corrosion, apply a protective enamel spray paint (Note: Sand and smooth out any existing chips before applying the paint). It's always recommended to cover your furniture with a tarp and relocate it to a place that receives the lesser amount of snow and moisture (i.e., under a deck or porch, and lifted off the ground with concrete blocks).
Wicker and Wooden Furniture
Wicker and wood are fragile under freezing conditions. The constant expansion and shrinkage during the winter can cause your furniture to crack and split beyond repair. To protect and prevent moisture from seeping in, apply furniture oil to give it a new protective finish. Just like metal furniture, place the covered furniture in a less weather-impacted area with proper supports.
For additional protection, consider purchasing furniture that is made of treated wood to help prevent rot and decay as well (check out our Homestead 6 ft. Wood Picnic Table!).
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If you do not have the storage capacity to store your furniture, the next best option is to repair, apply a sealant, and cover it with a tarp. It's highly recommended to store chair/sofa cushions indoors or in an outdoor deck storage box. These precautionary steps will boost the chances of your furniture lasting through the snow and freezing temperatures.