A hailstorm can cause considerable damage to your backyard furniture. If the furniture isn’t weatherproofed, the damage can be even worse. Hailstones can be as large as 3 inches or more in diameter. The impact can result in dents which ruin the shape and beauty of your furniture. It helps if you weatherproof your outdoor furniture to protect it from the impact of hailstones. This can be accomplished if you wrap plastic sheeting around the furniture and cover with tarps as outlined below.
- Measuring tape
- Plastic sheeting
- Staple gun
- Heavy duty tarp
- Concrete blocks
Step 1 – Assemble the Furniture
It helps if you place all the furniture together. This makes it easier to cover the furniture as a group rather than wrap individual pieces. However, for pieces that may be very heavy or for those you prefer not to move, deal with these separately.
Step 2 – Take Measurements
Use a tape measure to obtain measurements of the furniture. Measure the peak of the furniture, the widest point across the grouped furniture as well as the circumference. For furniture items that may be outside the group, take the height, width and circumference of the furniture. Note down all measurements in a notebook. This may take some time so it is best to exercise patience as you work. Go to a home improvement store and purchase enough plastic sheeting and tarp to cover all the furniture. Ask the sales assistant at the store to cut out the tarp so that it corresponds to the different furniture coverage areas. This makes your work easier once you get home. It is a good idea to obtain some extra material so that the furniture is well covered.
Step 3 – Wrap with Plastic Sheeting
Take a roll of plastic sheeting and remove the packaging. Unroll the roll and begin to wrap the sheeting around the furniture. Begin from the bottom of the furniture. Wrap the sheeting tightly all around the grouped furniture. Wrap in a circular pattern as you work towards the top of the furniture. Be sure to cover all parts of the furniture. It is best to overlap the sheeting by about 4 inches as you unroll to eliminate gaps in between the layers. Cut off the excess sheeting once you get to the top. Secure the plastic firmly together with a staple gun. Wrap individual pieces of furniture elsewhere in the same manner and staple at the top.
Step 4 – Cover with Tarp
Get the right amount of tarp to completely cover your furniture. Be sure to leave an allowance of at least 2 feet at the bottom of the furniture once you’ve draped it. This will be used to secure the tarp in place. If you have separate pieces of furniture elsewhere, cover individually with tarp. Leave an overhang at the bottom to accommodate concrete blocks.
Step 5 – Secure the Tap
Hold down the tarp with concrete blocks. Place the blocks at 3 feet intervals all around the furniture on the tarp overhang. This helps to keep the tarp in place and protects the furniture underneath from hailstorm damage.