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EmpireCovers' Made in America Photo Contest

Celebrate the birthday of our great country by participating in our Made in American photo contest!  Here at EmpireCovers, we specialize in engineering covers that will protect your vehicle from the elements.  Our American Armor and Titan Desert Shield automotive covers surpass all necessary qualifications to keep your vehicle damage-free.  Those covers, along with our Rust-Oleum® Grill Covers, are manufactured entirely in the U.S.A.  This holiday we're offering you the chance to become the proud owner of one of these covers!

What does this contest entail?

The contest is between you and fellow EmpireCovers fans alike. Here's how you can enter for your chance to win one of our American-made automotive and grill covers:

  • Post a picture of your car/truck/SUV/motorcycle/grill decked out in U.S.A paraphernalia to our Facebook wall, tweet a picture to our Twitter feed, or post to Instagram and tag our Instagram account.  
  • No matter which of the two social media sites you choose to post to, make sure that along with your picture you use the hashtag "#July4thEmpireCovers" in order for us to see it.
  • Along with your picture, briefly tell us why you believe you should win one of our American-made covers.
  • If you follow the above guidelines, you will be officially entered in the running to win an automotive cover and grill cover from EmpireCovers!   

What covers can I win?

The American Armor cover strongly protects your vehicle against UV rays and rain.  It is 100% waterproof and, unlike most other covers, has an ultra-soft micro-fiber inner lining that won't let any scratches or damage occur to your vehicle's exterior. This cover is also very breathable, in order to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.  The Titan Desert Shield cover is made from a layer of high-tech DuPont Tyvek® and is perfect for those living in hot, sunny climates.  The material is incredibly UV resistant and is able to keep your vehicle's temperature up to 30 degrees cooler.  The cover also excels in protecting your paint from fading.  

Our Rust-Oleum® Grill Covers have a fast acting VCI (Volatile Corrosion Inhibitor) film in the middle layer that prevents the buildup of rust or corrosion and effectively helps extend the life of your grill.  The other two layers of this cover are made entirely from a durable, waterproof material that successfully keeps your grill dry.  Our Rust-Oleum® Grill Covers are also made entirely in the U.S.A.

The winner of this contest will get his/her choice of one of the two aforementioned automotive covers and a grill cover. 

When does this contest take place?

The contest will begin Wednesday, June 24th at 12:00 a.m. EST and will commence on Wednesday, July 1st at 11:59 p.m EST. The team at EmpireCovers will be the judges for this competition and will choose one lucky winner on Thursday, July 2nd, by 12:00 p.m. EST.  The winner will be contacted via the Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram account used to post the submitted photo.  Make sure you check back on July 2nd to see if you've won! 

Bonus: The winning picture will be featured on our home page throughout July 4th weekend!


Contest Rules & Regulations


ENTRY RULES:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE SIGN INTO YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT AND POST A PICTURE TO OUR WALL, SIGN INTO YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT AND TWEET THE PICTURE, OR POST A PICTURE ON INSTAGRAM.  MAKE SURE YOU CLARIFY THAT YOUR PICTURE IS FOR THE MADE IN AMERICA CONTEST BY USING THE HASHTAG "#July4thEmpireCovers" WITH YOUR PHOTO. YOU MAY ONLY ENTER ONE PICTURE AND BRIEF STATEMENT PER SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT.  THE PHOTO SUBMITTED MUST REPRESENT THE U.S.A IN THE MOST APPROPRIATE WAY POSSIBLE.  A BRIEF DESCRIPTION SHOULD ACCOMPANY THE PHOTO AND DEPICT THE DESIRE TO OWN AN EMPIRECOVERS AUTOMOTIVE AND GRILL COVER.  THE CONTEST BEGINS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2015 AT 12:00 a.m EST AND WILL END WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2015 AT 11:59 p.m EST.  ALL ENTRIES MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED PRIOR TO THE CLOSING OF THE CONTEST.  FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO BEFORE THIS TIME WILL VOID ENTRY INTO THE CONTEST.  

WINNER RULES AND NOTIFICATION:

THE PARTICIPANT THAT CONVEYS THE BEST PATRIOTIC THEME AT THE END OF THE CONTEST WILL BE THE WINNER.  THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE THEIR CHOICE OF AN EMPIRECOVERS AMERICAN-MADE AUTOMOTIVE COVER AND RUST-OLEUM® GRILL COVER.  ANY PRIZE REWARDED THROUGHOUT THE CONTEST MUST BE ACCEPTED AS AWARDED.  WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED VIA THEIR FACEBOOK OR TWITTER ACCOUNT THAT WAS USED TO GAIN ENTRY TO THE CONTEST.  FAILURE TO RESPOND WILL MEAN THAT THE WINNER FORFEITS THE PRIZE.  

PRIZES ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE AND CANNOT BE REDEEMED FOR CASH.

SUBMISSION OF PHOTOS, TEXT, ETC. THROUGHOUT THE CONTEST:

BY SUBMITTING ANY PHOTO OF INFORMATION TO EMPIRECOVERS YOU GRANT TO EMPIRECOVERS AND ITS AFFILIATES THE RIGHT TO USE, REPRODUCE, DISPLAY, MODIFY, AND PUBLISH THE SUBMITTED PHOTO IN ANY AND ALL MEDIA, INCLUDING SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS AND EMAILS.  BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU AGREE TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH AND TO RECEIVE SPECIAL OFFERS AND UPDATES FROM EMPIRECOVERS OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATED SITES. 

JUDGING:

THE JUDGING OF THIS CONTEST WILL BE PERFORMED BY THE EMPIRECOVERS TEAM.  ALL JUDGMENTS OF PHOTOS WILL BE STRICTLY UNBIASED.  THE WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN AS SOMEONE WHO FOLLOWED THE GUIDELINES SET FORTH AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CONTEST AND EXCELLED IN CONVEYING AN APPROPRIATE PATRIOTIC THEME IN THE PHOTO.  THE TEAM WILL ALSO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE BRIEF STATEMENT DEPICTING THE DESIRE TO OWN AN EMPIRECOVERS COVER.  

Summer of Relaxation

This summer, EmpireCovers is encouraging you to not only relax- but to relax in style.  Creating an outdoor living space that feels less like home and more like paradise is easy with our help.  Our Patio Umbrellas are engineered from UV treated polyester to ensure your protection from the sun’s harmful rays.  Our two new products- Outdoor Rugs and Hammocks- provide you with enough physical relief while also bringing a sense of modernization to your outdoor living space. 


Substitute Trees

Not everyone can be fortunate enough to live in an area where trees are the refuge in the outdoor world. That is why here, at EmpireCovers, we have created Patio Umbrellas so durable and spacious that you’ll have trouble remembering the sun is even out. Our umbrellas are available in various sizes and colors to best fit your outdoor living needs. 



We also provide you with the option to purchase your umbrella with either an aluminum or wooden pole.  Both poles are weather resistant and are sturdy enough to last more than just one season. We pride ourselves in making products that have long life-spans and these umbrellas are no different.  Take a look at our Umbrella Sizing Guide at the bottom of this page to determine just what size you need. 

 

Walking on Clouds

When thinking about how to improve our product lineup this spring, we thought about the places most people spend their time during the warmer months.  Although it is a time most people use for vacations, you know how the saying goes-there’s no place like home.  So we decided to add a little more luxury and a lot more comfort when it came to outdoor living spaces. 

Our new Outdoor Rugs are machine woven, as opposed to hand woven, which provides a softer feel under your feet and allows for longer durability against the elements.  Worry-no-more about entertaining guests outside, for our Outdoor Rugs are designed to accommodate heavy traffic and won’t begin to fray like other rugs. 


Adding a new level of flare and sophistication to your outdoor living space  has never been easier.  We’ve made our Outdoor Rugs available in 6  different patterns-Monaco, Naples, Winchester, Maverick, Twilight, and Shelbourne- all of which bring their own feel to the space.  Each pattern is  available in 3 various colors- Slate Gray, Royal Blue, and Sage Green.  We  believe that these colors are aesthetically pleasing and have the potential  of adding an aura of restfulness to your outdoor living space that might  have been missing before.   



Just Hangin' Out

With our Outdoor Rugs already in the works, it was time to add the icing on the cake.  What, more than anything, could drive people to retreat outdoors more often?  The answer: Hammocks.  With the help of a summer breeze, experiencing a floating sensation has never been more attainable than it is with our new line of Hammocks

Having been experienced in the art of functionality and innovation, we pushed the envelope with our Hammocks.  We offer 4 different kinds of Hammocks, each vastly different than the other yet all bringing a sense of style to the forefront.  With EmpirePatio you can now choose between a Cotton Rope Hammock, Polyester Rope Hammock, Quilted Hammock, or Waterproof Hammock. 

 

The Cotton Rope Hammock and Polyester Rope Hammock can both be purchased in a bright white color, so that they may remain as timeless as they are durable. The Quilted Hammock is available to purchase in color schemes that range from gray/white, navy/white, and tan/white.  The versatility these colors bring allows you to have your hammock adapt to the arrangement of your outdoor living space without having to fret about mismatching.  This hammock is also made with an inner batting to provide superior comfort and support while you lounge.  The Waterproof Hammock is offered in 3 different color schemes: tan, tan/white, and navy/white.  This hammock is perfect for those who live in climates where the weather is ever-changing.  To help put your hammock into place, we offer a Black Nylon Hammock Tree Strap on our EmpirePatio site. 


No Tree? No Problem.

Don’t be discouraged from buying a hammock simply because you do not have trees in your vicinity to tie it to.  Here at EmpireCovers we strive to come up with solutions so that our customers can get the best out of our products.  So whether you’re in the city, suburbs, or just don’t have a tree near your outdoor living space, we’ve got you covered.  Along with our Hammocks we are introducing 15' Metal and 15' Wooden Hammock Stands. 

Enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer by adding one of our Hammocks to your outdoor living space.  With these Hammocks, creating a stress free environment just became that much easier.  

Boat Covers & Bimini Tops & Springtime- Oh My!

Spring has finally arrived and the warm weather has brought about the opportunity to begin cleaning and prepping boats to journey out onto the water once again.  As many will attest to, riding on the salt water in the middle of summer is an enjoyable experience.  The sea-salt smells of the air, the rhythmic rocking of the boat against the waves, and the warmth of the sun’s rays on your skin are enough to keep you coming back for more.  Protecting your boat from outdoor elements and other grime and dirt factors can prolong its lifespan and save you thousands of repair dollars.  Read on to discover what we have to offer in terms of boat and bimini tops.  


Boat Covers

Here at EmpireCovers, we specialize in delivering the most weatherproof and durable boat covers imaginable to our customers.  With not only exceptionally low prices but also a vast selection of covers to pick from, it is not far-fetched that we call ourselves boat cover experts.  Every single one of our boat covers are 100% waterproof and are made with breathable material so that the growth of mold and mildew can be prevented.  We have also added a nonabrasive inner lining to the covers so that they won’t scratch or harm the surface of the boat, keeping it fully protected from both inside and outside of the cover.  Each boat cover is made from long-lasting polyester material that ranges from 150-1500 denier. 

We’re aware that not everyone lives near a body of water to keep their boat docked nice and close.  Some people live hundreds of miles away from the closest body of water, which is why we introduced trailerable options for our boat covers.  Our Ripstop covers prevent ripping or tearing while the boat is being trailered.  Each purchase of a boat cover comes with a free storage bag so that you can place the cover in there when you are not using it.  

Most people mistakenly assume that boats do not need protection when they are not in use, but even by just sitting in the driveway they can be damaged.  Sap from trees and even bird droppings can corrode your boat’s outer features.  Our covers are strategically designed to provide protection against the elements and to keep your boat in tip-top shape for continual seasonal use.  We offer warranties that guarantee all of our covers from anywhere between two and seven years.  



Bimini Tops

The trick to keeping your experience out on the water a positive one is shading yourself from frequent exposure to harmful UV rays.  Here at EmpireCovers we have dedicated ourselves to providing Bimini Tops that not only protect you from the summer sun but keep you cool as well. 

If you’re unsure as to which bimini top would fit your make, year, and model, we provide a Bimini Top Selector that will help you find your desired top by selecting certain dimensions.  Each frame is made from a durable aluminum structure that provides sturdy support to each canvas.  The tops are made from a 600 Denier material that is both waterproof and UV treated.  Each canvas can be purchased in a variety of colors in order to suit each person’s individual preference.  The tops will come partially assembled, along with clear directions on how to finish the process 



Bimini Replacement Tops

EmpireCovers also realizes the wear and tear that the elements put on a bimini top canvas which is why we offer replacements.*  Instead of spending the same amount of money on another entire bimini top you can buy one of our replacement canvases.  Most of our customers will buy multiple different colored tops at once, in order to be able to add diverse looks to their boats whenever they please.  



Engineered to Protect

It’s not just a slogan here at EmpireCovers, it’s the truth.  Finding a better product or a more loyal service team is insurmountable.  Our ideas become your success when you buy an EmpireCovers product.  Don’t wait until the damage is already done before you take action.  This spring, choose to protect your boats the best way possible- with EmpireCovers. Shop now!

 

 

*The replacement canvases that we offer are only fit to accommodate EmpireCovers bimini frames.


We're all about the Madness!

For many, the month of March brings about images of melting snow, green grass and budding flowers. For sports lovers, only one thing comes to mind: the Men’s College Basketball Tournament. Basketball fans and sports enthusiasts alike celebrate this Tournament with gritted teeth, as buzzer beaters and underdog upsets can make or break a longstanding tradition - fantasy brackets.  

EmpireCovers' College Basketball Bracket Competition

Think your bracket’s got what it takes? EmpireCovers is offering the chance for three lucky people to become bracket champions this season. Just post your bracket to EmpireCovers' pool  for your shot at a $250 Visa Gift Card. The first place runner up will receive a $50 gift card and the second place runner up will receive a $25 Visa Gift Card. But that’s not all…

 

Every game day, one hour before the first game is scheduled to start, there will be a NCAA or NBA trivia related question emailed out. The first person to write the correct answer on our Facebook Wall will be entered to win a FREE cover at the conclusion of the tournament.

 

Ugh, trivia’s not exactly your strong point? Don’t worry. Throughout the tournament we will be offering other awesome opportunities for you to win free gear from EmpireCovers. We’ll also be giving away outdoor living items – think patio umbrellas, hammocks, etc. - from our sister site, EmpirePatio.

 

Want to earn even more bragging rights?  Invite your friends to participate in the challenge to see whose bracket reigns supreme!  You’d be mad to miss out!

Fuzzy on this whole bracket thing? We can help.

A bracket is essentially a map of all the teams competing in the tournament. It shows which teams will face off and how the winners will advance through each round. To participate in our bracket challenge simply fill out your bracket (i.e. choose a winner of each game based on knowledge, stats, preferences, psychic feelings, jersey colors, etc.) prior to the beginning of the tournament. Once you get to the championship game choose a tournament winner and predict what the final score will be (this helps eradicate any potential ties). 

Friendly warning: 

Upsets are common for a tournament of this size and can erase all hopes of a perfect bracket in an instant.  Just because a team has a better record than their opponent does not guarantee they will pass on to the next round. #mwuahaha

 

Sign up for the EmpireCovers $250 Challenge today!

Got snowmobiles? We've got you covered.

Freezing temperatures have rapidly fallen upon us and although Father Winter has been generous with the lack of severe precipitation, luck can only hold out for so long.  For those who welcome a sizable snowfall with open arms, the winter season is a time for embracing activities that aren’t practical in the warmer months.  Snowmobiling is a popular hobby of winter-lovers all across the country.  Storage during both regular season and offseason is an important factor for guaranteeing the upkeep of your vehicle.  Here at Empire Covers, we specialize in making covers that ensure your snowmobile will be properly protected and ready for use when the time comes.  We offer a variety of snowmobile covers that range from rustproof, waterproof, and trailerable.  The outer layers of our covers are made from a weather resistant polyester material that provides great protection from the outdoor elements, while the inside of our covers are made to safeguard your snowmobile from any scratches.  



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