The Benefits of Tire Covers for 2021

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You want to protect your tires, but what about the ground? Many locations include garages that people have spent a lot of time and money to have the concrete stained or polished. The same goes for car dealerships.

When you drive a car on polished concrete to tile with no protection for your wheels, you will see marks and small sid marks left from the wheels. If you have taken the time and money to create this beautiful floor, the last thing you want is to have it scuffed up.  

Tire marks are also noticeable at showrooms in convention centers. They have carpet on their floors and require that cars and trucks come in with tire covers to protect their floors. This is not just for cars, but you will see them on forklifts and any other power machines with wheels where the floor needs to be protected.

This is why so many people invest in covers to help protect the wheels and floors. So no matter what your reason for seeking covers might be, you will be helping protect your assets by covering them up.

So no matter what size you have, there is a cover to fit it, and you can even have it designed with your company logo printed on it for branding purposes.

Tire Cover FAQ’s

How are tire covers measured?

Finding the right size cover for your tires is crucial to staying on and protecting them from the elements. The best way to get the right fit is to measure the total distance by taking a tape measure and measuring from the ground to the tire’s top.

The first three numbers on your tire wall are the width of the tire. As an example, if the number is 185, that means your tire is 185 millimeters wide.

The two digits following the tire’s width is known as the aspect ratio. For example, If that number is 75, you need to take 75 percent of the section width. 

Here is another example, let’s use this tire ST185/75-R16; this means you would need to take 85 percent of the 185, which would be 157 millimeters. Then convert this into inches by multiplying 157 x .0394. The tire’s section height would be approximately 6.19 inches.

Are spare tire covers necessary?

Yes, spare tire covers are very much necessary for a few reasons. First, they will provide protection by keeping any UV rays off of you spare tire that is not shielded at all. Direct UV light overtime will eventually damage and weaken the rubber on your tires as well as the seals.

Are tire covers worth it?

Yes, as tires can get very costly, it will help protect your tires’ longevity and help keep them looking new. As you change out your tires from winter to summer, covering up the ones that are not being used will significantly help extend their life.

Why put tire covers on RV’s?

No one wants to be driving around on “cracked sun-baked tires,” and RV tires don’t come cheap. Furthermore, it’s not like a car where you can park it in a garage. You seriously need to protect your RV’s tires against the harsh weather and cold temperatures, and direct sunlight when sitting outside parking. Tire covers will also help eliminate any types of premature cracking on your sidewalls.

How much are tire covers?

Tire cover cost can vary based on several factors, including size, heavy-duty or not, and if it’s custom, such as having your company logo on it. 

On average, though, you can expect to pay anywhere from $100-$200 for a set of 4 tire covers.

How to install tire covers?

When it comes to installing tire covers, this is a simple process done in a few minutes. Just follow the steps below, and you are on your way.

  • Park your vehicle and set the parking brake.  Best practices would suggest that the vehicle not be parked on any slope during fitting.
  • Place your tire covers over the tires. Start by mounting the cover from the top of the tire and work downwards.
  • Rotate the tire cover. You want to rotate the tire cover to have a logo showing; they are all in the same position on all four tires. 
  • Once in the proper position, and 3/4 of the tire covered except the bottom, move your vehicle approx. 1-2 ft and pull the remaining cover into place. 
  • How do I care for tire covers?
    If you notice your covers are getting a bit dirty, you can simply toss them in the washing machine on a cold and air dry them.

Other ways you can use tire covers

Your wheel is more than likely made from steel or aluminum and often painted. Your wheel will not last if left unprotected; your paint will fade and peel, causing you to have to repaint-it or, worse, replace it.

When you look inside the wheel, you will see the brake drum or disc; generally, this is made from cast iron and is not useful over time in the elements. When your brakes get rusty, that means you will need a strip down and or have them replaced.  

Inside your brakes or disc, you have wheel bearings, your bearings are usually well greased, and they have a seal intended to keep water out, which is great when your car is new.

If you have an old classic car, then no matter what, water will find its way into the bearings if the breaks are old. Repairs and or replacements are the only way around this at this point, again costing money.

Don’t forget about the individuals who have winter and summer tires, and they rotate them based on seasons. When the tires are not in use, they will either leave them in the garage or a shed. By covering them up, you are still protecting them and yourself from rubbing up against them and getting dirty.

We all know how much tires can cost, and we don’t like replacing them, so why would you leave your car parked outside all year with the sun beating down on it? Of course, once summer is over, the winter cold sets in, and off we go again. This is the never-ending heating and cooling revolving story on a rubber material that is very heat absorbent. 

Not having tire covers

When you drive your car, the wheels are always moving, so they are less likely to get the full brunt of the direct sun, but when parked for extended periods is when the damage starts to set in.

Of course, this all could be avoided.