April 8, 2009
Why aren’t my covers waterproof, you ask? Well, covers that won’t let water in, won’t let water out. In other words, they don’t ‘breathe,’ causing all kinds of nasty problems like mold and mildew. Waterproof covers must have vents to avoid this, and consequently, can let in even more moisture and other undesirables than a water-resistant cover.
Water-resistant materials: coated polyester, canvas, nylon
Water-proof materials: vinyl, polypropylene
Keep this in mind when shopping for a cover.
April 1, 2009
For most Americans, however, it’s getting warmer, not colder, and its time to start firing up those grills. Most of you are doing it, too, if BBQ cover sales are any indication. Good to know that so many of you are taking steps to protect your equipment from the elements. Very prudent.
It seems like most people start out with the manufacturer cover, usually some overpriced vinyl job, rip it, then come to their senses and buy a decent BBQ cover. Vinyl’s not terrible, don’t get me wrong. It’s very affordable and basically waterproof. Unfortunately, it’s not terribly durable and can encourage mold and mildew growth because of its lack of ventilation. Generally, I prefer treated fabrics like polyester. Much stronger and with the right coating, pretty much as water-resistant. Plus, it breathes so you don’t get as much nasty stuff growing underneath when you go on vacation.