Storing your vehicle can cause a number of problems if you do not take appropriate measures to protect it from the elements. Even storing your car in a garage or facility can cause problems because dust and moisture can still penetrate the cracks.
When you decide on a way to shield your car, you may think that waterproofing is the best solution. However, here are a few reasons why choosing all-weather car covers over waterproof options will keep your vehicle in top shape for a long time.
4 Reason NOT to Choose Waterproof Car Covers
1. Never Truly Waterproof
The term “waterproof” makes it sound as if there is no way for moisture to overcome a specific barrier. This may be true for some parts of car covers, but it can never really keep out all water. If a car cover is made of a single sheet of waterproof material, you could say that no moisture can penetrate.
The best covers are designed to fit snugly over certain vehicles, i.e. there are joints and seams where moisture can still escape. In addition, these products are generally made from low-cost materials such as nylon or PVC, making them a cheaper alternative to waterproof options.
2. Breath of Fresh Air
Look at the differences between a pair of rubber galoshes and a set of leather hiking boots. While the rubber galoshes repel water and keep your feet dry for a while, the barrier also causes moisture to build up inside because there is simply no room for excess moisture.
The leather boots, on the other hand, are designed to repel water but remain breathable. Your feet will be more comfortable in the long run because this ability allows water to evaporate. The difference between breathable and waterproof car covers is very similar to that described above.
3. Pained Paint
Water and moisture build-up can cause a number of problems, and at the top of the list are paint and bodywork damage. Rust and a ruined paint job can make your car look worse than you ever thought possible. Waterproof covers simply don’t have the breathability to let moisture out, so it can accumulate and damage both paint and metal.
Since they are usually cheaper alternatives, waterproof covers also don’t have the scratch resistance of fleece linings to keep your car’s topcoat clean and spotless. If you’re not careful, you’ll have to spend more and more money on repairs with a cheap cover, which will push up maintenance costs even further.
4. Tired of Damage
It is not only the body of your car that needs to be protected from the elements. With waterproof shields, you will spend hours scraping rust off your rims. Breathable canvas tire covers keep wetness away from rims and brakes, keep the rust away, and at the same time protect your tires from harmful UV rays.
Everyone knows how much damage moisture can cause to vehicles, so waterproof covers seem like a great, cost-effective investment. Instead, choose breathable covers so the next time you prepare your car for the road, you’ll spend less time making the body beautiful and more time making the engine roar!