5 Ways to Protect an Outdoor TV

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Last Updated on October 12, 2021

Jim Bob

Jim Bob

A long-time contributor to GrillBabyGrill. Jim has had a lifelong relationship with the art of grilling, passed on from his father and grandfather to him.

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If you love to entertain and you love entertaining in your yard or patio even more, you’ve probably created an amazing living space in your backyard that allows you to enjoy the comforts of your living room, all while enjoying the summer sun, crisp spring evenings or warm fall days. 

Today’s backyard living spaces are often complete with all of the luxuries, including the TV. An outdoor TV is a great way to catch every minute of the big game while you work the grill, or gives your kiddos something to do, while the adults are enjoying conversation.

One question that often comes up when folks are installing an outdoor TV is how to protect it. Obviously, you can expect your outdoor TV to be exposed to the elements, but you don’t want it ruined, so it’s important to consider the steps you need to take to ensure that it doesn’t get damaged.

To help you find the right solution for your backyard, we’ve compiled our favorite ways of protecting and outdoor TV. This article will give you a few suggestions that you can compare, and consider for your outdoor living space.

Read Also: Boosting Outdoor TV Signal.

1. Get Specific

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To be direct, this is probably the easiest way to protect your outdoor TV. And when we are talking about being specific, we mean really specific.

First, and most simply, buy a TV that is made to be installed outdoors. There are manufacturers out there that have complete lines of outdoor specific TVs. Do be prepared, they can be a bit more expensive than your regular TV. 

But, the extra money is well worth the convenience and peace of mind. These TVs generally have a waterproof housing, and thicker plastic on the screen. This protects the TV from the elements and from breakage.

Second, just like with the TV itself, don’t just buy any old TV mount or cables. Pick a mount and cables that are made specifically for use on outdoor installations. These products are generally coated with more water resistant materials and cables have thicker insulation for better performance even when the temperatures are chilly. 

If you’re making the investment to buy an outdoor TV, make sure that it stays put, and has the right extras for operation in all weather conditions.

2. Location, Location, Location

There are a number of things you need to consider when it comes to the location of your outdoor TV. Some are important for protecting your TV, while others just add to the enjoyment of your outdoor TV.

When possible, hang your outdoor TV under an awning, or a roof. This is the easiest way to protect your outdoor TV from the elements and from direct sunlight. This also provides shade for your TV, which keeps it cooler in the summer heat.
Look for spots that don’t have direct sun. Sun can do a number on your outdoor TV, even if you buy an outdoor specific TV. Not only does it create glare, making it hard to see the screen, but direct sun can damage the screen, and deteriorate the housing, cables and mount. Our suggestion, find a location where the TV faces north for the best protection from the sun
Wind is another killer for outdoor TVs. Flying objects can crack and damage the housing and screen. If possible find a place where your TV is protected from the wind. Also, wind will deposit dust, leaves and debris on your TV, which is not only a pain from a cleaning stand point, but can also block the airflow of the TV. This can cause overheating, and reduce the life of your outdoor TV.

3. Get it Covered

Even though your outdoor TV is made to be outside together with other outdoor appliances like floor fanmisting fanspeakers and projector that doesn’t mean that you should just leave it out in the open year round. When the weather gets cold or you’re not using your TV for an extended period of time, it is good practice to cover your outdoor TV. 

This provides an added level of protection for your outdoor TV and will extend the life of your outdoor TV. This is a huge benefit, especially if you’ve spent the extra cash for an outdoor specific TV.

There are two options for covering your outdoor TV.

Fabric or Plastic TV cover

This an inexpensive option, and is really a simple solution for providing an extra bit of protection for your outdoor TV. They come in full covers and half covers. The full cover wraps around the entire TV and seals around the mount. The half covers really only protect the screen, and for some applications this may be adequate. Do keep in mind that while these covers are weather resistant, they won’t last forever, so you’ll need to replace them when they start showing signs of wear.

Cabinet enclosure

This is a more permanent option when it comes to protecting your TV, and is especially useful if you can’t mount your outdoor TV under an awning or patio roof. Building a cabinet that seals and provides a “home” for your outdoor TV is a great solution for those places where weather can get extreme. A cabinet will provide ample protection from wind and flying debris, and when properly constructed is a great way to keep your TV out of the rain and snow.

4. Keep it Clean

This may not seem like a big deal, but one of the most basic ways to protect your outdoor TV and ensure that it lasts as long as possible, is to just simply keep it clean

From time to time, take a moment to wipe off dust, remove leaves, spider webs, and other debris from around the housing, this will keep the TV from overheating, and also keeps the picture clear. While you’re doing this also wipe down the mount and check that it’s in good condition and that all mounting screws are secure.

5. Bring It In

Our last bit of advice when it comes to protecting your outdoor TV is that if you select a TV that is not made for the outdoors, do bring it inside. Especially when the weather turns bad. Extreme cold is not good for the components of the TV. While you may do everything right to protect it from the elements, most normal TVs are not made to handle prolonged exposure to heat, cold, and moisture.

So there you have it. Five easy ways to protect your outdoor TV. Ensuring that you’ll get the most life from your investment, and that your outdoor living space will always be a perfect place to entertain.