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Outdoor Car Covers: Difference Between 3 Fabrics

BY Thomas S.

You park your car outside, exposed to the elements – but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to protect it. Whether it’s dings and dents or the prying eyes of potential thieves, there’s no shortage of dangers present for street-parked vehicles.

How can you combat these dangers without moving your car into the garage, you ask? Well, an outdoor car cover is a great place to start. Like their indoor brethren, outdoor covers are specially made from extremely durable fabrics that resist the elements, while simultaneously adding another layer of protection against anything that could cause a dent or scratch your finish. Plus, most outdoor covers are compatible with a lock and cable that will make even the most confident thief think twice.

But, because of our extensive selection of outdoor car covers, choosing the right one isn’t always easy. We’re here to help make your shopping experience even easier – check out this handy resource guide and learn the difference between different outdoor car cover fabrics from leading manufacturer Covercraft.



UV-resistant outdoor car covers made from this product line’s lightweight material are a great option, no matter the environment. Having undergone a patented encapsulation process, Weathershield covers deliver superior paint-protection and a durable, breathable barrier that shields against water, dust, bird droppings, tree sap and more.

  • With an absorption factor of 2%, compared to 40% in standard woven and non-woven covers, your Weathershield cover dries in little to no time at all. In fact, if it’s been out in a downpour, simply shake it out and it’s basically dry.
  • Weathershield covers are also extremely easy to care for. Unlike their non-woven counterparts, most car-size covers can be cleaned in your own washer and dryer.



If you live in a city with a wet climate, Noah covers are for you. Manufactured to breathe and stop water in its tracks, these covers deliver all-weather protection and allow trapped moisture to evaporate before it becomes a problem. You’ll also enjoy premium dust- and UV-resistance.

  • Boasting protective outer layers, Noah covers feature an inner core of polypropylene for strength with a polyethylene wrap for softness.
  • The middle or barrier layer is made from a proprietary breathable stretch-film that’s been subjected to a chemical process, which creates microscopic holes smaller than droplets of water or dust. This allows vapor to evaporate and escape.
  • The combination of polyethylene and nylon makes for an incredibly high strength-to-weight ratio. This ensures the soft touch needed to protect water-based paint finishes that are most common today.



If you live in a more intense, sun-heavy part of the country, then Covercraft’s Sunbrella line is the answer to your problems. Sunbrellas are the perfect solution if you’ve noticed your paint and interior degrading due to UV-exposure. They’re made with naturally UV-resistant acrylic fibers, while the special finishing process softens the material enough for you to feel confident.

  • Their strength stands the test of time. Acrylic fibers won’t weaken due to constant exposure to heat, moisture and UV rays.
  • The colors won’t fade because pigments are built into the fibers.
  • Treated for moisture-resistance, they prevent the growth of rot and mildew that can occur in moist environments.

Now that you know a little more about three potential fabric types, you can browse our complete line of outdoor car covers and choose the right one for you! Or, if indoor covers are what you’re looking for you can click here to learn more.

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