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