This is the second one of these we purchased. The last one was one of the beige ones, and we left it out year round for two years (including through 2 winters), so it began to fray at the top, and for safety's sake, we decided to throw it out. Had we taken it in during the winter, I'm sure it would have lasted longer. The kids love it and spend hours in it every year. I was so happy to see the black version because I'm hopeful it won't show the dirt as much as the beige one does. Great, great swing. Beautifully made and comfy.