Winter is heading our way again and it is time to look into covering your patio umbrella. Winter brings with it harsh wind, cold temperatures, and a perfect opportunity to look into some of the better patio umbrella covers that are available to you.
With patio umbrellas ranging up past $300, it’s ironic that one might cringe at spending a few more dollars for a cover to protect your umbrella from the elements when not in use. The sun, wind and rain can accelerate the deterioration of that “godsend-of-a-shade-maker” on your patio. What qualifies an umbrella cover as up to the task? Read on to bypass some of the footwork and get into the meaty details of what makes the leading covers worth the investment.
CoverMates Cantilevered Umbrella Cover 75
CoverMates offers this cover for umbrellas up to 13′ in diameter. It is made with 300 denier polyester and has a plastic pole included to help put it on and take it off your umbrella.
Customers on average gave it 4.5 stars out of 5 and had plenty of good things to say about it. The large toothed zipper reportedly operates smoothly. Customers like the heavy duty material that it is made of.
Protective Covers Weatherproof Cantilever Umbrella Cover, 10′ diameter
Coming in at 4 out of 5 stars in customer satisfaction, the Protective Covers umbrella cover will fit 10′ diameter umbrellas. This cover is made with UV protected 7mil thick vinyl that has a fleece backing adhered so it is tough on the outside and gentle on the inside. Protective Covers offers a 3 year warranty with this product. This cover also comes with a plastic pole to help mount and dismount the cover.
Protective Covers Weatherproof Umbrella Cover, 11′ diameter
This cover is a bigger brother of the above Protective Covers umbrella cover. It handles umbrellas of 11′ diameter. Customers gave this one 4.5 stars out of 5. This cover sports the same UV stabilized 7mil thick vinyl with fleece backing just like the 10′ model. One might question whether it really matters if you get the 10′ or 11′ model. I did notice that customers stress their desire for a good fitting cover.
Formosa Covers Patio Umbrella Cover
Formosa Covers sells this sturdy 600 denier vinyl coated polyester cover for umbrellas up to 11′ diameter. The fabric is UV stabilized for resistance to the suns rays. This cover comes with a metal donning rod so you don’t have to be 7′ tall to put it on. Customers frequently mention the sturdy feel to the fabric. This product received 4.5 stars out of 5.
Classic Accessories Veranda Offset Umbrella Cover
The Classic Accessories umbrella cover will protect a whopping 13′ diameter umbrella. They have included an air vent at the top to prevent mold and mildew and a darker splash guard to protect the bottom section. Customers like the sturdy feeling material, part of which is a PVC undercoat layer for water resistance. Classic Accessories is backing this cover with a 3 year warranty. This cover also got a really great rating of 4.5 of 5 stars.
A good fitting cover made with sturdy UV stabilized material and some kind of aid to help in donning and doffing seems to be the recipe for a leading umbrella cover that will protect your investment for years to come.