If you love spending time on your boat and out on open waters, your upholstery is probably exposed to weather elements that include the sun, rain, and wind.
Although it’s made to withstand these elements and has strong sun and water-resistance, too much exposure can cause it to fade or become discolored, crack, and tear.
Over time, every boatowner must replace the upholstery. Some boatowners even change the upholstery to keep up with the latest trends.
Whatever the case, here are some tips to help you replace the marine upholstery of your boat:
Choose the Right Type of Vinyl Fabric
Marine-grade vinyl is very durable; it can withstand environmental elements much better than other types of upholstery.
It can also last through multiple abrasion cycles and cleaning, while being UV-resistant, which prevents the fabric from fading or breaking down under the harsh sun.
It is also resistant to moisture and mildew, along with being quite easy to clean. However, it’s important to choose high-quality marine vinyl and avoid cheap fabrics.
Check the Interior of the Upholstery
In many cases, the plywood and foam underneath the upholstery also need replacement, along with the vinyl on top. In case of severe water damage, the foam will need to be replaced.
Extensive water damage can also cause the plywood to warp, which can create space for water to leak through and cause even more damage. Make sure the materials underneath the upholstery are in good condition before replacing the top.
Hire Professionals to Do the Upholstery
With the popularity of YouTube tutorials and DIY trends, a lot of people attempt to replace the marine upholstery by themselves. Many people also do that to save the cost of getting a professional to do the upholstery.
People who don’t have any experience with marine upholstery tend to do more damage than good. Getting a professional might cost a bit more, but it helps you save a lot of money in the long run. A professional company will not only do the job perfectly and in a shorter amount of time, but will also reduce the risk of damaging your vessel in the process.
The Boat of Your Dreams
Contact us for all your marina upholstery needs today! At Pelican Canvas, we can help you create the boat of your dreams!
We have a wide range of options for custom marine upholstery, Bimini tops and boat enclosures to custom-built windshield covers. Our premium-quality marine products are designed to maintain the newness of your beautiful vessel!
We can also help you customize the look of your boat with the latest interior design options.
Get in touch with us today for more information!
Our services are offered across Lauderdale, Raton, Hollywood, Palm Beach and Miami, FL.