Volume 3 Issue 1

Volume 3 Issue 1

DuraNews: The Duralum Newsletter

Volume 3 Issue 1

Arizona Sunshine: Why Weather-Resistant Covers Are Your Secret Weapon

Imagine your patio as an outdoor living room. Just like your indoor living room, you wouldn’t want it to be exposed to the harsh elements, right? That’s where weather-resistant patio covers come in! They’re like roofs or awnings for your patio, shielding it from rain, sun, snow, and wind.

The Arizona sun. It paints the desert in vibrant hues, melts away winter chills, and beckons us outdoors. But for your beloved patio, that same sun can be a ruthless enemy. Arizona’s intense heat, coupled with occasional monsoon downpours and fierce winds, can wreak havoc on your outdoor haven, turning your investment into a sun-bleached, warped shadow of its former self. This is where weather-resistant patio covers become your secret weapon, safeguarding your financial and emotional investment in outdoor living.

Consider the financial toll of neglecting weather protection. Unprotected furniture rots under the relentless sun, upholstery cracks and fades, and wood warps beyond repair. Replacing a patio set isn’t a light expense, with a quality set costing anywhere from $500 to $5,000 (HomeAdvisor, 2023). Add the cost of replacing damaged cushions, throw pillows, and outdoor décor, and the financial losses quickly mount. A good weather-resistant cover, costing on average between $200 and $500 (PatioLivingToday, 2023), becomes a wise investment, protecting your existing furniture and saving you from costly replacements.

What Do Patio Covers Do?

  • Keep you dry: The main function is to protect you and your patio furniture from rain. They’re typically made of waterproof materials like canvas, vinyl, or metal, so water beads up and rolls off instead of soaking through.
  • Provide shade: They block out the sun’s scorching rays, keeping your patio cool and comfortable on hot days. This is especially helpful if you have outdoor furniture you want to preserve from sun damage.
  • Shelter from the wind: A good cover can stand up to strong winds, preventing your furniture from being blown around or tipped over. This is crucial in areas prone to windy weather.
  • Protect from snow: In places with snowfall, a cover can prevent snow accumulation on your patio furniture, making it easier to use and reducing the risk of damage from the weight.

Different Types of Patio Covers

  • Freestanding: These are like mini pergolas that support themselves without attaching to your house. They offer great flexibility and portability, but can be expensive and may not withstand strong winds.
  • Attached: These covers are anchored to your house wall or roof, providing a more permanent and stable solution. They’re generally more affordable than freestanding covers, but require installation and may not be suitable for all types of houses.
  • Retractable: These covers are like awnings that you can extend or retract as needed. They’re perfect for patios where you want the option of enjoying the open air or having cover. However, they’re the most expensive option and can be complex to install.

But the financial benefit is just the tip of the iceberg. Arizona’s monsoon season unleashes sudden, torrential downpours that can leave your patio furniture swimming. Unprotected wood absorbs moisture, leading to rot and mold growth. Metal components rust, and fabric cushions become breeding grounds for mildew. The cost of restoring water-damaged furniture can be significant, and in some cases, even impossible. A weather-resistant cover acts as a shield, deflecting downpours and safeguarding your furniture from moisture-related damage.

Different Types of Patio Covers

The Arizona wind, notorious for its unpredictable gusts, can be another silent assailant. Unsecured furniture becomes airborne missiles, posing a danger to people and property. A well-fitted cover, anchored securely, keeps your furniture grounded, preventing wind-induced mishaps and saving you from potential liability claims.

Beyond protecting your investments, weather-resistant covers extend the lifespan of your patio, allowing you to enjoy it for years to come. They shield your furniture from the harsh desert sun, preventing fading, cracking, and warping. This not only preserves the aesthetics of your space but also ensures comfortable use. Imagine sinking into a sun-bleached, cracked cushion on a sweltering day – hardly the picture of outdoor relaxation.

Harsher Weather In Arizona

Arizona’s sun, rain, and wind may appear like beautiful elements, but for your patio, they pose a real threat. Investing in a weather-resistant cover is not just about protecting your financial investment; it’s about safeguarding your outdoor haven, ensuring years of enjoyment, and creating a safe and comfortable space for relaxation and entertainment. So, the next time you step out to bask in the Arizona sunshine, remember, a little protection goes a long way in preserving your outdoor oasis.

Duralum Products Inc. isn’t just for home improvement; it’s a sanctuary for those who cherish their outdoor spaces. Since 1962, we’ve been dedicated to crafting high-quality aluminum patio covers, sunrooms, patio enclosures, and more, transforming backyards into year-round havens for relaxation and entertainment.

Here’s what makes Duralum stand out:

  • Durability with a Flair: Forget flimsy awnings and sunshades. Duralum’s products are built to withstand the harshest Arizona elements, from scorching sunshine to monsoon downpours and strong winds. Our signature WeatherWood® line boasts a rich, wood-like appearance that’s actually durable aluminum, so you get the best of both worlds: beauty and resilience.
  • Innovation for Every Need: Whether you crave a shady retreat, a sun-drenched oasis, or a fully enclosed sunroom, Duralum has a solution. Our diverse product range includes:
  • Solid patio covers: Californian, Monterey, and ClassicRoom™ styles offer varying levels of shade and insulation, depending on your needs.
  • Screened rooms: DuraScreen™ keeps pesky insects at bay while letting the breeze flow through.
  • Patio enclosures: Transform your patio into a year-round living space with insulated roofs and walls.
  • Crafted with Care: Duralum takes pride in American-made quality. They utilize high-grade aluminum, top-notch glass, and other premium materials to ensure theourir products stand the test of time.

Duralum Products Inc. isn’t just about protecting your furniture from the elements; it’s about creating an extension of your living space, a place to gather with loved ones, unwind after a long day, or simply soak up the Arizona sunshine. With our commitment to quality, innovation, and customer service, Duralum helps turn backyard dreams into lasting realities. Contact us today to get started! 


  • Why should I invest in weather-resistant covers?

They protect your furniture from sun damage, moisture damage, and wind, saving you money and extending the lifespan of your patio. They also provide shade and comfort on hot days.

  • What different types of weather-resistant covers are available?

There are freestanding, attached, and retractable covers, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

  • Will weather-resistant covers save me money in the long run?

Yes, they can save you money by protecting your furniture from needing to be replaced due to sun damage, moisture damage, or wind.

  • How much can I expect to save on furniture replacements?

Replacing a patio set can cost anywhere from $500 to $5,000, so the potential savings are significant.

  • What materials are weather-resistant covers made of?

Common materials include canvas, vinyl, and metal. Each has its own pros and cons in terms of durability, waterproofness, and breathability.

  • How do weather-resistant covers stay secure in wind?

Securely anchored covers with grommets and straps can withstand strong winds. Some retractable covers have sensors that automatically retract in high winds.

  • Do weather-resistant covers need to be removed in winter?

Snowfall recommendations depend on the cover’s design and snow load capacity. It’s best to check the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific cover.


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