Choosing the Right Type of Outdoor Foam for Marine Uses
Written by The Foam Factory.
Finding the right type of replacement for your boat can be challenging as there are many options available on the market today. You need marine foam cushions that will withstand getting wet on a regular basis. Using the wrong type of foam for your outdoor foam replacement will lead to a cushion, seat back or mattress that degrades quickly or is susceptible to getting mold or other microorganisms.
From dry fast foam to polyurethane foam, you have plenty of options when it comes to selecting the right foam for your boat. Here are a few of the most popular options:
Compressed Polyester: Although this is sometimes sold as outdoor “foam” it is actually just polyester batting that has been condensed so it is dense. This is washable and offers some protection against getting wet but is best used for situations such as patio furniture.
Polyurethane Foam: This type of foam is designed to soak up water rather than letting it drain. It also has treatment to stop mold and mildew growth. This is appropriate for locations where it will get wet sometimes but not regularly.
Dry Fast Foam: This is a very popular option for marine uses that uses the latest technology to ensure dryness. It features cells between the foam material that is larger than most other types of marine foam. This is important because it helps the foam to dry quicker by encouraging water to drain out of the foam itself. In addition, it has antimicrobial treatment that limits the growth of mold and bacteria.
The Foam Factory sells replacement foam for a variety of needs including for marine foam cushion replacement. Their foam products dry quickly and help to resist the growth of harmful microorganisms.