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If you have high quality outdoor furniture, especially the heavy kind, rather than storing it over the winter, you may want to consider outdoor furniture covers. There are several options out on the market but you want something that is heavy duty and will fit snugly over your patio furniture. After all, you don't want to have to run out in the midst of a winter storm to tie down your furniture covers - you just want to be able to trust them to do their job!
You may think you can just use a simple plastic tarp, but if you do you run the risk of collecting pockets of water which can then cause damage to the finish or the structure of your outdoor furniture. At the end of the season, you want to make sure you take care of your outdoor furniture covers by washing or maintaining them according to the manufacturer's recommendations.