Q Could I see your Cantilever parasols in a garden centre?
A Dear Mr Fermer
Thankyou for your enquiry. Garden centres do not keep stock of these high end cantilever parasols I am afraid. We sell online and by email to give customers as much detail as we can. The Shademaker Sirius parasol fold away against the upright post, and it used primarily in residential locations. As I said, flexibility in a frame, with tilt function etc does reduce the parasol’s rigidity and strength, so if you are in a windy location you are going to need to “wind manage” the parasol.
Attached is the Shademaker brochure so you can have a good look at the parasol details, bases and fabrics (there are various weights listed). The only note of caution I would add is that you treat the wind tunnel testing results in the catalogue with caution. They are a guide only. Wind tunnel tests are not the same as wind resistance in a real world location where local topography/ gusting etc causes wind to behave very differently. For this reason, no parasol warranty will ever cover wind damage which is considered the responsibility of the user. Common sense rules apply – ie close it when you are not around or when the wind is getting too much. As we discussed, a cantilever parasol, due to its off set engineering is more susceptible to wind than a centre post parasol and in a mobile base can get blown over, although this base is very heavy to protect against this. However, your choice of an inground base is definitely best.
If you need more information, please let me know.