Do you tend to leave your cushions outside, or do you bring them in every day? That is the most important question to determine what kind of foam you need. To keep your cushions outdoors all year round, we use Calipore water-permeable foam. If your cushions are under a canopy, roof or conservatory, cold foam and polyether foam are also sufficient.
Polyether foam is more rigid, has a uniform open-cell structure and is referred to as SG (Specific Weight). The Specific Weight indicates the weight of the material per m3. In the case of polyether foam with a lower specific weight, pitting occurs sooner. This foam also returns to its original form slightly less than, for example, cold foam. The lifespan of polyether foam is +/- 10 years. Then it loses its resilience and may start to crumble.
Cold foam is also often referred to as HR foam. HR stands for High Resilience, which means a high degree of resilience. This is due to the uneven cell structure of the material. The cells react differently to each other, so that you experience more comfort than with polyether foam. Cold foam is good moisture wicking/regulating, ventilates excellently and has a lifespan of 12 - 15 years. In the case of cold foam, there is hardly any pitting. The foam is perceived as firm, lasts longer and is very comfortable.
Calipore is suitable to stay outside all the time. The foam is water-permeable, quick-drying (20 min) and has extremely good ventilation properties. Due to the large open cells, the moisture can be removed more easily than conventional cold foam and polyether foam. 90% of the water flows through the cells, the remaining 10% leaves the foam due to its high moisture-regulating effect. Calipore is ideal for boat cushions and garden cushions that are not covered. Calipore is also often found in beach pavilions and in damp areas such as saunas and swimming pools.
For the foam in our cushions we use an overpressure. This means that the foam is slightly larger than the cushion cover. To insert the foam more easily into the cushion covers, we use Tricot. This ensures that the cover fits tightly around the foam.
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