Car Covers For Extreme Weather
car covers come in a whole range of fabric types and styles to accommodate
all possible requirements, from indoor dust protection to outdoor extremes of
rain, sun, and heat. So before you buy, you should be clear about the level and
type of protection you are seeking. Read on, and we'll help sort out the options,
and point you to the best sources and prices for top-rated custom car covers.
A custom car
cover is the first priority if you seek the best protection possible. The best
covers are custom made to fit the exact year, make, and model of your car.
snug, tailored fit keeps out more harmful elements, and makes them more stable
during heavy wind and storms than a standard vehicle cover. Less fabric movement
also means much less abrasion against the finish of your car.
Cover Qualities For Extreme Weather
custom-fit covers for cars and trucks, there are three types of fabric protection
that should be considered, and matched to your specific weather environment: water
resistance, sun protection, and 'breatheability'.
& Snow Resistance: The tight fit of a custom cover is especially effective
made at keeping out wind-driven rain, and heavy snows. Clean rain water itself
(not acid rain) won't hurt a vehicle's finish - it's the pollutants and dirt that
get through the fabric that cause damage. Keeping the car as dry as possible will
keep it cleaner and fresher looking.
Protection: There's nothing like the intense summer sun to fade paint,
and destroy the plastic and vinyl of your car or truck interior. This is a special
problem for those in the sun belt, and others who's vehicles are exposed to long
days of sun and heat.
Fabric: Vehicle covers that breathes to let moisture or condensation escape
from under the cover, are extremely important in areas of high humidity, or long
periods of wet weather. Even without rain, condensation can build up under a cover.
A fabric that breathes also reduces heat build-up on hot days.
Car Covers: The Top 5
is no better car cover for moisture and snow protection. Made by Covercraft, Weathershield
is constructed with a polymer impregnated woven polyester fabric, and is 98% water
repellant. Weathershield® car covers are the lightest of the five covers reviewed
here, and folds into a 1' x 1' bundle for easy storage. It is just as good for
UV protection as for water repellency. The Weathershield HD is a high Density
(HD) version of the standard, and is even better for vehicles in intense-sun climates
Stormproof car cover uses a unique material from Japan: a woven microscopic yarn
that is both highly water repellant, fade resistant, and forms an excellent barrier
to UV rays. We give it a 'Top 5" status because the material has no chemical
or fiber coatings to wear off. Therefore the Stormproof will provide the same
level of protection throughout its life. The material is very soft on the car's
finish, and comes with a 4 year warranty.
This is also a very lightweight custom car cover, that provides
a tough shield against rain and UV radiation. It has a shimmering metallic surface
that looks great, repels heat, and makes water bead up like a fresh wax job. The
150-denier polyester is the same material used on many outdoor canopies, and is
reinforced with polyurethane and acrylic coatings. But the most compelling reason
to consider the Quicksilver : a lifetime warranty.
The acrylic fabric of Sunbrella car covers are naturally UV
resistant, and very durable under long seasons of harsh sun. It is a premium fabric
that is often used for awnings, patio furniture, and marine covers. But a Sunbrella
car cover will also give you excellent protection from water and snow. And although
it is the most expensive choice, you'll get a 5 year warranty. Under intense heat
and sun, Sunbrella will outlast almost any other material.
Another custom vehicle cover, the Ultraguard, uses two outer
layers of woven polyester to shield a car from both rain and UV radiation. And
it is fully breathable. A soft inner lining adds a gentle touch to the car's finish.
Includes antennae grommet, mirror pockets, and good wheel coverage. This car cover
has a 4 year warranty.
Custom Car Covers
now the winners..... and where to find them !
for Rain and Snow Protection: The Weathershield
car cover (and Weathershield HD),
along with the Stormproof
by Coverking, are the top choices for keeping moisture away from
your car or truck.
Best for Heat
and UV Protection: Sunbrella
lead the pack for protection and durability, followed closely by Quicksilver
and Weathershield HD
Most Breathable Fabric: The
have the most breathable fabric, and are the first choice anywhere humidity or
dew condensation is a problem.
Lowest Price: Among the five car covers reviewed here, the Quicksilver
custom fit covers offer the best overall protection, at the lowest prices.
Covers - An overview of what to look for in auto and truck covers.