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Gloster Grid lounge collection
Sarasota, Florida–based Windward makes all of its cushions in house and offers several different options to help make cushions water-resistant including waterproof cushion liners and reticulated foam.
“If a waterproof fabric isn’t chosen, there are still solutions to keep the cushion core from retaining water, like using a waterproof cushion liner or a reticulated foam core.”
Reticulated foam is a very porous, low density solid foam. “Reticulated,” means “like a net,” and these foam cores have extremely open cells, which allow water to drain through easily.
At Gloster, president Eric Parsons describes reticulated foam seating as “firm, firmer and firmest.” He recommends so indoor foam with a water-resistant coating for standard deep seating, as there’s a greater variety of density and comfort available.
“It’s a more comfy sit,” Parsons says. “But it’s not as water-friendly as reticulated foam, so you should cover or bring in the cushions if sustained rains are expected.”
Then there’s Gloster’s fully upholstered outdoor lounge. “These cushions are designed to be virtually waterproof,” Parsons says, “thanks to innovative fabrics and reticulated foam with a Dacron wrap.”
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