Monthly Archives: November 2012

Sandbox Cover Basics – A General Overview

 

Custom Sandbox Cover

Whether it’s a part of a play set, playground, or just a freestanding unit, a sandbox is one of the best places for your children to enjoy themselves and be creative. They’re also relatively easy to maintain. Really, when you invest in a quality sandbox cover you’ll have nearly all of the maintenance requirements taken care of. Unlike other types of covers – furniture, boats, or even spa covers – sandbox covers are as important for sanitation as they are for anything else. When it comes right down to it, they’re probably more important for good sanitary conditions than they are for anything else.

Basically, a sandbox cover will help keep your kid’s sandbox free from debris like leaves, pine needles, grass, and more. But the main advantage they provide is one some people just don’t want to think about. Even if you don’t own a cat, a sandbox will likely attract neighborhood cats to it like a dog to a bone. There’s no real scientific evidence about it but most sandbox owners can agree that it seems like a cat would prefer it to a litter box every time. With that in mind, finding a good sandbox cover is more important than words can express.

You’ll normally be able to find four different types of sand box covers, each one made from a different material and each one offering very different advantages. The first is known as Commercial 95. This material is similar to another option, marine grade vinyl mesh. Both of these options are designed to keep all debris out of a sandbox, eliminate those nasty kitty intrusions, and are very affordable. They won’t keep out water, but in many cases wet sand is even more fun that dry sand – ask anyone who’s made a sand castle. Another advantage of these covers is that in the case of the mesh covers you’ll actually be able to see what is inside the sandbox. If you’ve got a kid who’s more than a little forgetful, this makes locating lost items a little bit easier.

Custom poured rubber vinyl sandbox covers are just what they sound like. They’re made from a solid material that is designed to keep out rain, snow, dirt, debris, and feline invasion. The solid poured rubber option is a little bit more expensive but will deliver much better results and button down your sandbox perfectly.

If you have a fairly standard sandbox you may be able to find ready-made stock sandbox covers. In other cases, a custom sandbox cover will be needed to provide the level of protection you and your child deserve. In both cases, adding a sandbox cover will protect your sandbox from anything. Whether it’s cat droppings or grass that a lawnmower has slung into a sandbox, cleaning out a sandbox every time your child wants to play with it is a pain in the neck. A sandbox cover not only lets you avoid the hassle, but gives you peace of mind that any time your little ones want to feel the sand between their toes, they’re not getting a nasty surprise as well.

Shade Sail Ideas – An Abundance of Uses

 

Sun Sail

Having fun in the sun is a big part of what the great outdoors is all about. But with the dangers of UV rays becoming all too familiar, it’s important that you take the steps to protect your family from the sun. Sunscreen is a necessity when you’re enjoying time outside, but for many, deciding to utilize shade sails around their outdoor areas is a solution that will really help make a difference in your family’s safety and enjoyment of Mother Nature. Basically, shade sails are a type of shade cover that can be used to shield certain areas from the sun and from rain. They’re an attractive, stylish option in a sea of bland ones and can solve a number of problems.

The most common use for shade sails is to simply shield high-use areas from the sun. Things like patios, swimming pools, and decks are the most common areas that a shade sail can be added to, but you can use them nearly anywhere. Car spaces are a good example, and you can protect your car from the harsh sunlight by parking beneath one of these shade covers. Children’s play areas need to be safe, and protecting your kids from the sun is easy with a shade sail. Even garden areas can benefit from the addition of a shade sail and make it much more enjoyable to sit in.

Installing shade sails is a simple process, and you can get creative when you add them to any area. Some people actually install steel or wooden posts specifically for their shade sails, but you can also attach them to trees, patio posts, and even to your home. This makes it a little cheaper and more convenient to install the sails and prevents you from having to add unwanted posts and rails to your home. If there is a structure available, odds are that you can attach your shade sail to it and enjoy what it offers.

One of the more popular uses for shade sails is budgetary in nature. A covered pergola, porch roof, or deck cover can cost thousands of dollars in labor and materials. But when you want to hang out outside you’ll want some kind of cover over your head. Instead of spending that money on a wooden frame roof, odds are that you can quickly, easily, and affordably add a sun shade like this to your home and get the covered protection you need for less, and with much less time and energy spent on the set up.

Since shade sails feature a gradual centenary curve, they’re attractive to look at. They don’t give that ugly ‘tarp tied to a tree’ look that some other shade covers can cause. And since the tension is easy to adjust, you won’t have to deal with heavy wrinkles, sagging, or a shade sail that flaps in the wind or becomes bogged down by rain. They’ll stay up and look classy – almost artistic, in fact. And that artistic appearance helps highlight yet another application of these shade covers.

When you have special events, using shade sails can really leave an impression on your guests. An outdoor wedding, reception, or birthday party, for example, is a perfect occasion for the use of shade sails. By installing them creatively you can give your guests the shelter from the sun and rain that they’ll need but still have a unique look and feel to your event. Instead of bland tents or plain awning, you’ll have a curved, flowing style going on that will really make your guests feel like they’re somewhere special. Many people utilize multiple shade sails over each table at their event as well as in strategic locations around the grounds.

Whether you’re looking for a way to shield your swimming pool area from the sun or want to keep wedding guests protected, shade sails are the perfect kind of sun shade that you can buy. They’re easy to set up and can be removed during the off-season to help prolong their longevity. Basically, they’re one option that is well worth looking at no matter what your specific need may be. They could be just the answer that you’re looking for.

Storing Your RV – A Basic Guide to RV Covers

RV Covers

Your RV probably logs a lot of miles if it’s anything like most people’s. An RV vacation can give you and your family the ‘together time’ that is so hard to find these days. It can also save you money since staying in an RV park is much cheaper than renting a hotel room for the night. They are also great for tailgating at sporting events. But as much as you probably love your RV, you don’t use it as much as you’d like. Most people only get their RV on the road for about twenty six days out of the year. That means that your recreational vehicle is parked for more than three hundred days every single year. While it doesn’t sound like a big deal, storing your RV improperly can cause some very significant problems to develop.

Problems with RVs often occur during their downtime. Basic issues like damage to the exterior of an RV caused by the sun or paint damage due to bird droppings are a couple of the more common issues. Other problems include things like insect invasion, rodent issues, damage done by debris, and much more. Plenty of people keep their RV’s fluids changed, but they fail to take the next steps needed to really ensure that their RV remains in top shape. Storing an RV properly and using a quality RV cover is the best way to keep yours in great condition. And remembering a few key steps will help you store yours properly.

For starters, get in there and clean. Nobody likes to open up their RV and get ready for a trip only to find that the carpets are caked with mud, there’s rotting food in the fridge, and mildewing clothes on a bed. Clean it with all the care and attentiveness it deserves and be sure to use any cleaning products just as directed. Basically, get your RV’s interior into pristine shape. Now move outside and give it a thorough washing. There are special brushes that can help you reach hard to get to spots if you need them. Be sure to use a quality cleanser and not just something that won’t get the job done. Once you’ve got the entire RV cleaned give it an hour or so to dry before moving to the next step.

That drying period is a good time to check under the hood and make sure that your fluids are all where they need to be and to take a look at the tires and ensure they’re ready for storage as well. Also use the time to check the various accessories your RV may have. Things like the AC unit, the LP gas tanks, and even the septic holding tank are all important to button down before storage.  If you have a BBQ Gas Grill that you store in your RV, make sure it is clean, inside and out. Make sure they’re all properly sealed and ready for storage when you’re getting ready to shut down your RV.

Now you’ll want to use your RV cover and properly cover the recreational vehicle. It’s not a good idea to cut corners when it comes to RV covers. There are covers out there for every type of motor home and camper, so be sure that you find one that provides a snug fit and quality protection. This is important because using a tarp or poor quality cover could really come back to haunt you. They’ll tear, rip, and blow away in wind. Take the time to order a quality RV cover and to install it properly. You won’t regret it.

Once you’ve got the RV cover on, add any accessory covers you may have. Many RV owners use tire covers, AC covers, or even gas tank covers to make sure they’re fully protecting their motor home. This is a great idea, is less expensive than most people think, and will give your RV the level of protection that it needs during any period of non-use.

That’s all there is to it. Once these steps are done you should be able to relax and know that your RV is in good shape until you’re ready to use it again. It usually takes a couple of hours for most people to button down their RV and get it stored properly, but it’s an investment in time that is very wise to make. With a little effort and a quality RV cover, your RV will be ready to go whenever you are.

Car Covers – An Overview

Car Covers

Your car may very well be your pride and joy. Lots of automobile owners purchase a car and look at it as a work of art, or at the very least as an investment that they need to put forth plenty of effort in protecting. And even for those who park their vehicle in a garage or under a carport, there’s still a good chance that the car can get a little bit of slight damage. But with the help of quality car covers, that’s an issue that doesn’t usually arise. If you want to keep your car in pristine shape, a car cover is probably a good idea.

Car covers offer a lot of protection from a lot of different things. Leaving a car out in the elements will cause UV damage, for example. There’s no escaping the sun unless you shield your vehicle from it, and it can not only damage the car’s finish, but actually harms the upholstery and interior of the car as well. Scratches are the bane of existence for many car owners and the fact is that there’s no surefire way to protect your vehicle from them while you’re on the road. But once you park, putting a cover over your vehicle will shield it against falling debris, dings and scratches from other sources, and more.

Even something as simple as dirt settling onto a vehicle can cause major problems. That dirt could actually scratch the paint in minor ways. Those minor scratches can grow to major problems, and it’s important to avoid them at all costs. Parking your vehicle in a garage will help, but there’s still the issue of dust settling on the car. This can remove that fresh, just-washed look and may even trigger microscopic abrasions that could grow into easy to spot ones. If you’re serious about protecting your car, going an extra step beyond just parking in a garage is a good idea.

It’s pretty obvious that covering your car with a vehicle cover is a good idea, but just what to look for when shopping for a good cover is an issue that some people are confused about. Basically, you want to find a car cover that offers all-weather defense and is water repellent yet breathable. Look for heavy-duty covers – buying a low quality cover is basically like putting a bed sheet on your car and hoping for the best.

Buy according to your vehicle, as well. Don’t buy an SUV cover and put it on your sedan just because the SUV cover is on sale. The cover needs to fit perfectly or it may blow off in a high wind, and it could fall off if a pet bumps against it. Not only that, but in most cases when you put an improperly sized cover on a car you may eliminate any guarantees of protection that the cover has. And finally, be sure to get a cover that gives you a warranty. The best covers will offer at least a two to four year warranty, and it will let you know that you’re buying a quality cover you can count on. Keep these basic points in mind and protecting your car will be a snap.

Golf Cart Covers and Enclosures – Play The Right Way

 

Golf Cart Covers

 Golf is a great way to get out and enjoy the sun, the scenery, and get some exercise. But sometimes nasty weather is just par for the course. Whether you’re out on the links or your cart is parked, taking a closer look at golf cart covers and enclosures is a good idea. They’re a very minor upgrade to your golf cart that can make a huge difference. Individuals who own their own golf carts are buying them constantly these days, and plenty of golf courses and country clubs are making serious investments in their golf cart’s reliability and longevity by buying covers and enclosures. If you’re unsure of whether or not they’re worth it, here’s a closer look.

We’ll start with a look at golf cart enclosures. These are just what they sound like – canvas and vinyl products that enclose your golf cart. They feature clear fronts and sides and basically turn your golf cart into a mini-car with an interior you can take shelter in. It lets you avoid the wind, the rain, and the bugs when you’re on the course. Some enclosures use screen for the clear sections while others use vinyl or plastic, but in all cases you’ll find that they offer a little extra shelter from inclement situations on the course.

Golf cart covers are a little different and are used to store your golf cart. They’re similar to boat covers or automobile covers and basically drape over the cart to shield it from the elements when it’s not in use. They’re the best way to protect your golf cart when not in use, and today most courses and country clubs have added golf cart covers to their fleet in order to keep their carts protected. If you’re a cart owner, it makes sense to make a very small investment in a cover and keep your purchase protected.

Sometimes you don’t always need a complete cover, of course. And there are other options beyond just a basic golf cart cover that you can use. Think about things like canopy covers that help shield a bit of rain and sun, for instance, or portable golf cart windshields that attach to the front of a cart and provide protection when you’re on the move. Even golf cart organizers that attach to the interior of the cart and make it easy to organize your things are worthwhile purchases when you’re looking for a way to upgrade your cart. And of course, your clubs are a major investment as well so don’t hesitate to use a cover designed to fit over your clubs and bag and keep them protected from the elements.

Basically, adding a golf cart enclosure will allow you to enjoy your time on the course even more than you already do, especially when the rains start to roll in. And a golf cart cover will make it easy to relax when you’re not playing and know that your golf cart is protected. Whether you’re a private owner or a manager of a course or club, taking a closer look at these products is a good idea and could help you make upgrades that will really matter.

Boat Cover Basics – Protecting Your Investment

 

Boat Covers

 There’s an old saying that goes “a boat is just a hole in the water you throw money into”. While it’s true in that a boat can be an expensive investment, a hole in the water never can be as much fun as a boat. Your boat is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors, and for many it’s important to keep it in great shape. In fact, that saying loses a lot of its punch when you consider that just protecting and maintaining your boat properly will help you avoid constantly spending the money that so many people seem to complain about. And as the warmer months wind down, no single purchase for your boat is as important as a quality boat cover.

Boat covers are designed to fit each boat perfectly, but they’re often available in pre-made sizes that fit most boats. You can usually match up your boat type – ski boat, fishing boat, pontoon boat, or cruising boat – and its overall length and find a cover that will match it almost perfectly. Some may decide that a custom cover is right for them and will purchase one measured and cut to fit their boat to a ‘T’. Either way, boat covers provide a lot of benefits.

It may seem like an oxymoron to say that you don’t want your boat getting wet, but in the cold weather months and during periods of non-use it really is true. Water inside the boat can damage interior components, from the seat upholstery to the ignition to the motor. Mildew, mold, and even rot in some cases can occur, but a boat cover blocks out all of this and ensures that you have a worry-free winter. While the engine is what most people think of when they set out to cover their boat, the interior is also very important.

Boat covers also give you protection from extreme sunshine, which can damage the interior of the boat. They’ll also protect against snow or other weather related problems. And they’ll help protect against animal related issues as well. Whether it’s bird droppings, a bee’s nest under the steering wheel, or a rat nest in a seat, covers protect from a lot more than just water. These points are often overlooked by boat owners until they find themselves facing them, but going ahead and protecting yourself against the issue ahead of time is a better idea.

Covers are available for trailer-ed or floating boats and can be secured easily with a few basic straps. You’ll even be able to find boat covers for odd sized boats like pedal boats, canoes, or even boat motor covers. To find a good cover be sure you pick one that offers all-weather protection, a good warranty, and is designed to fit your boat perfectly. If you’ll keep those basic points in mind you should have no trouble at all tracking down the perfect boat for your home. It’s a very small investment that will pay off tremendously in protecting your large investment.