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!
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.