Weather-resistant refers to the ability of an item to withstand light exposure to the elements, such as temperature change, sun, rain, humidity, and wind. This does not safeguard against extreme or severe weather conditions or prolonged exposure to the environment, but it can withstand greater climatic changes than non-weather resistant items. Weatherproof indicates that an item is capable of maintaining a "like new" condition, regardless of what Mother Nature throws at it. Weatherproof is a step up from weather resistant, and is generally accompanied by a higher price tag. In an effort to provide a quality product at an affordable price, Cosco outdoor items are weather resistant: resins are treated with UV inhibitors to protect against fading and steel frames are either powder coated or e-coated to deter rust. Cushions are water resistant and glass is tempered. Like anything, a little care can extend the useful life, as can some insight into your environment.
A word about salt:
One of the most overlooked differences between weather-resistant and weatherproof is the impact that coastal climate can have. Salty air will drastically shorten the lifespan of powder-coated steel, making it prone to rust. Additional care may be needed if used near an ocean. This might include limited outdoor exposure, covering when not in use, or treating rust spots if they appear. You live near the beach. If yours is more of a laissez faire approach, consider upgrading to products made from teak, HDPE or other weatherproof materials.
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