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Car Cover Fabrics

When you choose an article of clothing, the fabric always matches the purpose of the garment; you wouldn't want a bathing suit made out of wool or a winter coat made from linen, for example. And because not all car covers serve the same purpose, you should put the same care into choosing the best fabric to cover your car as you do when you choose clothing for yourself.

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a cover for your car, truck, van, SUV or station wagon. For example, if you live in a hot, dry environment, our Titan Desert Shield cover provides excellent UV and sun protection. However, if you live in a rainy, damp environment our Titan 3L Basic Waterproof cover would best protect your vehicle from potential water damage. EmpireCovers offers a variety of covers that are designed to suit your protective needs. The information provided in this article will help ensure that you choose the very best cover for your vehicle.

First, consider the kinds of weather your vehicle will be exposed to when it is parked. If you live in an area of the country with a lot of precipitation, your vehicle cover will need to be made of a fabric that can effectively resist moisture. If there will be heavy rain, you will need an exceptionally waterproof fabric for your car cover, because even some of the best waterproof car covers will absorb some moisture after a long, heavy rain.

Acid rain is another factor to consider. If you live near a city or in an area that gets significant acid rain, your car cover will need to be able to resist the contaminants as well as the water.

Snow and ice are outdoor elements that can cause significant damage to your vehicle. Although your vehicle may not get exceptionally wet when the snow first falls, as it melts, the moisture will penetrate a car cover that isn't sufficiently waterproof.

When it comes to waterproof car covers it is very important to purchase a cover that is made from a fully breathable material. This will help reduce the buildup of moisture underneath the cover and prevent the growth of mold or mildew. For example our Titan 3L Basic Waterproof cover material uses micro-pore technology to allow trapped condensation to escape as evaporated gas. This will ensure that no mold or mildew will grow under the cover.

Another weather element to consider when choosing the fabric for your car cover is wind. Thick car covers are great if you need heavy protection for your car, truck, or SUV, but they are difficult to take on and off, especially during periods of heavy wind. If you live in a windy city or town you may be better off with a car cover that is made from a lighter weight fabric and purchasing a gust guard to ensure that the cover remains secure during windy conditions.

For sunny states, such as Florida, Arizona, or California, you will want a car cover that offers the most UV protection. For example, Empire's Titan Desert Shield cover offers over 99 percent solar efficiency to help keep your vehicle protected from the sun. Another concerning issue in hot states is heat insulation. Your cover fabric should be thick enough to keep your car, truck, or SUV cool, even when it has been parked in the blazing sun.

Beyond weather, there are other factors an automotive car cover will shield your vehicle against, including tree sap, leaves, and pollen; bird droppings; and abrasive dust and dirt. Plus, car covers, truck covers, SUV covers, and van covers all provide strong theft deterrence.

When choosing a car cover, don't forget about one of the most important threats-dings, dents, and scratches. You want to find a car cover fabric that is thick enough to protect against dings and dents while your vehicle is parked, but soft enough to provide a silky texture against the delicate finish on your paint.

To find out more about the best fabrics for truck covers, SUV covers, and other semi custom car covers, and to find the perfect car cover to meet your needs, call a specialist at 888.872.6855 or CLICK HERE.