One of the primary functions of outdoor and indoor car covers is added protection from dust, dirt, sap, animal feces, and leaves. These materials can easily scratch or even damage your car’s paint work. Even very light dirt or dust can make a nice clean car look awful in comparison. A dirty cover tends to create a dirty vehicle, especially if there’s considerable grime on the underside of the cover. If you use a cover with any kind of fabric weave, nylon, or polyester, it can become really dirty quickly, unless cleaned often.
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Dirt and dust will also attract animal debris that can clog up your vents and hoses, cause unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle’s engine, and can even make it fire up. If you have pets, you’ll appreciate the extra layer of protection that outdoor car covers provide. However, there are a variety of choices for what level of protection you need. The higher the thread count and the softer the material, the less likely dirt and dust are to seep through. Natural fibers like cotton are generally a better choice than synthetic materials, but you do have an alternative to that as well, in the form of indoor/outdoor coverings that utilize certain plastics or resins that are meant to protect against dirt and dust.
Breathable car covers are the most effective at providing you with excellent UV protection. They work great at repelling rain and snow, too. But if you live in an area where the weather is particularly harsh, or you often find yourself getting drenched by rain and snow without any additional protection, then the breathable exterior cover may not be enough. There are some excellent, high quality waterproof covers available that feature both breathable and waterproof qualities.
You may be wondering which type of cover would best meet your needs. Actually, there are two primary styles of UV protective cover. You can purchase either an indoor or outdoor cover, but there are also those that fit snugly over the top of your vehicle, and that function just like an outdoor sleeping bag. This type of protective covering will keep body heat in and out of your vehicle, keeping your interior clean and dry. You should keep in mind though that an indoor car cover is not nearly as effective at stopping dust and moisture.
The best car covers for UV protection are made with a thick gauge polyester that resists the ultraviolet rays. The fabrics used to line them are usually 100% cotton polyester blend fabrics with other added benefits. This is because cotton breathes, allowing any moisture trapped inside to escape quickly. Polyester has a better resistance to the rays of the sun, but it does not breathe, so it does not offer as much benefit when the temperature is extremely cold. Cotton, on the other hand, is excellent at trapping moisture, so it is an excellent choice in mild weather and for everyday use.
If you have an old vehicle, it may not be worth the expense to get an outdoor cover. It is much more economical to invest in an indoor cover. However, if you have an older car that has seen better days, investing in a UV protective cover is well worth the cost. It will protect your vehicle from dust and dirt, as well as prevent it from getting a nasty paint job. After all, you do not want a paint job that leaves your car looking faded, dingy, or even worse off.