Custom Patio Umbrella Covers

Patio umbrellas are naturally exposed to the elements, but this doesn’t mean that they’re made for continuous wear and tear. A high-quality outdoor umbrella is a major investment, so you want to protect this part of your patio as best you can. Ideally, you will cover your outdoor umbrella anytime it’s folded down and out of use. However, even seasonal coverage can add years to your umbrella’s lifespan. Here’s what you need to know about selecting the right custom patio umbrella cover for your needs.

Why Protect Your Outdoor Umbrella?

Outdoor umbrellas provide outstanding protection from the elements while you’re enjoying your outdoor space, but this means that they take the brunt of these elements themselves. When in use, your patio umbrella soaks up the sun’s UV rays, wards off summer rain showers, collects pollen, dust, and pollutants, and stands up to punishing winds while shielding you from the same.

If you leave your outdoor umbrella unprotected, these elements will take their toll over time. The stunning hue that you so carefully picked out will begin to fade in the sunlight. Prolonged exposure to morning dew, humidity, and rainfall can create the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow atop or beneath the umbrella. Wind, dirt, and other outdoor elements cause excessive wear and tear, which will cause your umbrella to break down prematurely. Without proper protection, your outdoor umbrella will need frequent replacements.

Fabrics Used for Custom Patio Umbrella Covers

Outdoor umbrellas and furniture covers come in many different materials, so it’s important to select the right fabric.

Solution-Dyed Acrylic

Solution-dyed acrylic is 100% waterproof, making it a great protectant for anything stored inside. Naturally mold and mildew-resistant, it won’t foster unwanted microbial growth. The breathable nature of the fabric helps your umbrella stay fresh in storage. This material offers superior UV protection so it won’t break down in the sun’s rays.

Though solution-dyed acrylic is washable, it soaks up oily stains quickly. The fabric is prone to pilling over time and is one of the most expensive options on the market.


Polyester is a popular water-resistant outfood fabric. Polyester stands up very well to staining, mold, and fraying. It’s lightweight for ease of use.

Though polyester offers some UV resistance, it’s rather weak in this category. A polyester cover will break down more quickly than other materials if it gets a lot of direct sun.

Marine-Grade Canvas

Marine-grade canvas is engineered to stand up to water, making it a great choice if you have a lot of rain in your area, or if you expect your umbrella cover to get splashed by the watering hose or pool water. Marine-grade canvas is strong, durable, mildew-resistant, and UV-resistant.

You’re typically limited in your color, design, and style selection with marine-grade canvas. White canvas products will stain more easily and create an unpleasant glare.

Weathersheath Fabric

Coverini’s proprietary Weathersheath fabric offers the best of all worlds. It’s designed to be both water-resistant from the outside and breathable from the inside, so your umbrella doesn’t get wet nor does it create a breeding ground for mold and mildew. These covers are strong and weather-resistant so you can expect a long lifespan. They’re available in several colors and deliver outstanding colorfastness to keep your outdoor area looking beautiful, even when your umbrella and furniture are under cover.

How To Measure for a Custom Outdoor Umbrella Cover

Measuring for an outdoor umbrella cover is extremely easy. Begin by folding the umbrella down so it’s in its storage position. Measure the height of the umbrella from the bottom of the umbrella stand to the top of the umbrella. Measure the width at the widest part of the umbrella across the bottom as it’s in the folded position.

For the best custom-tailored results, snap a few pictures of your patio umbrella as well. Submit these with the measurement worksheet so we have the best understanding of your patio umbrella’s form and function.

Benefits of Custom Patio Umbrella Covers

Properly protecting your patio umbrella can ward off many hazardous outdoor elements. You’ll enjoy vibrant color and durable performance for the longest possible lifespan by putting your outdoor umbrella to work only when you really need it. When you’re not outside, you can fold down and cover your umbrella to preserve its beauty and usefulness. Umbrella covers also offer outstanding seasonal protection for the cold-weather months when the umbrella isn’t in use.

Custom umbrella covers are a smart investment that will give you enhanced performance and greater longevity. A patio umbrella can cost anywhere from $150 to $600 or more. Well-cared-for, your patio umbrella may last for five or ten years, but one that’s left unprotected can sustain wear and tear quickly in a single season of use.

Choosing the Right Cover for Your Needs

You should carefully consider your local climate and the conditions on your patio when selecting an outdoor umbrella cover. If you’re in a coastal environment, water-resistance is paramount, as even the air is saturated with saltwater. This can degrade fabrics quickly. An umbrella that sits in full sun needs only the best UV protection, so you shouldn’t use a polyester cover. If you’re primarily covering your umbrella when it’s out-of-use and stored in the garage, UV protection is less important.

Areas with frequent rain will benefit from breathable fabrics that allow a damp umbrella to dry, even when it’s covered. The one-way breathability of our Weathersheath fabric is ideal for this.

Experience the Convenience of Custom Patio Umbrella Covers

A durable patio umbrella cover offers confidence and peace of mind for your outdoor space. You can rest assured that your carefully selected umbrella materials won’t fade or mildew in the sun and rain. Enjoy the beauty of your patio and all its carefully selected pieces as long as possible with custom umbrella and furniture covers from Coverini. We offer a wide selection of products and put our expert tailoring services to work on every custom piece to ensure the perfect fit. Contact Coverini for personalized assistance finding the perfect cover for your outdoor living spaces.