Q Hi, I am looking for a new garden parasol for an exposed garden that is next to a farmers field. We are exposed to pretty strong winds at times so I am looking at one that can withstand more than a breeze, a decent wind, but obviously if its very windy I would expect to close it up. I am thinking about either the 2.2m Tradewinds Aluzone Ecru or the smaller Serengeti Orion Parasol Ecru. I have read the Tradewinds parasol model has been wind tunnel tested so I wanted to check what kind of strength these two models will provide and if they will be fit for purpose given the location of the garden. I am guessing the heavier bases would help support them during the windier days. Our previous patio umbrella was a cantilever and I now know is not an appropriate type for a high windy area. It kept rocking in the wind (anything more than a breeze) quite alarmingly from side to side and the umbrella support fixtures are pretty damaged and bent by the strain. Any guidance on the above models or any other similarly priced ones much appreciated. Thanks and hopefully hear from you soon.
A Hi Chris, Thanks for your enquiry. It might be quickest if you give me a call at your convenience and we can talk this through. But the gist of my response is:
- Centre poles definitely better than cantilevers in windy areas, as you say
- Parasols which are fixed to the ground are even better (by a deck mount or inground base)
- If you can’t do the base above, then you can buy an extra heavy mobile base to compensate
- You still need a strong parasol because even if the base means that the parasol does not fall over, the struts can damage and break in the wind
- I would go for the Tradewinds parasols but you will still need to “wind manage” it. Probably best if I discuss the relative merits of the brands over the phone!.
Hope this helps
Q “Hello. We are looking for a parasol for domestic use on a South-facing terrace approximately 2.5m deep. It would be useful to be able to move it within a few metres during the day but the terrace is reasonably exposed and does sometimes get some winds. We need to cast shade on area around 2.5 x 2.5-3m. We aim to spend no more than £750.00. Could make a recommendation for a parasol and base? Thank you,” Mark
A “Hi Mark.I would recommend the Tradewinds parasols . They are strong and robust and very good value for money. The wooden and the aluminium frame parasols are the same strength, so you can choose either depending your taste. They come with parts that can be isolated so if you do leave the parasol up in the wind and you break a strut, then the strut can be taken out and replaced without you needing to replace the whole parasol. They are made for the real world, basically!
A Tradewinds Aluzone 2.2m square parasol is available with bases below for average wind conditions. The wooden parasol frame version is also available.
There is also a 2x3m parasol in the Tradewinds classic wood frame range:
Most parasol damage occurs when a parasol is blown over. Obviously having it in a fixed base is better for wind resistance, but so long as you “wind manage” you can use the mobile base. If you want more counterweight to the wind, then you can buy a 60kg base, rather than the 40kg. More difficult to move, but more wind resistant.
In terms of general strength against wind, I have customers who have used Tradewinds for years in hotels and restaurants on the coast, but they do come for new parts when customers or staff have left the parasols up in too high a wind. It is all down to the users to “wind manage” ie close the parasol when you are not around or if the wind is getting too much. No manufacturer of parasols will warranty against wind damage as this is seen as the customer’s responsibility because wind behaves so differently in different locations.
Let me know if I can help further. If you would like the extra heavy base, you will need to call to place your order as this is not available online.
Best wishes, Claire.