How to Use Awnings and Parasols During Various Weather Conditions
How do I protect decorative accessories during a windstorm?
Awnings are designed with tough hardware that can handle mild windstorms. As the wind lifts the fabric, the support beams that run under the product will keep the material in place. Since stability is important, most parasols that are designed for windy conditions are mounted firmly and securely in the center of a table.
If you're going to use a traditional product in a neighborhood that's in a hurricane zone, you'll need to shut the accessory before the storm arrives. Because hurricane winds are very strong, they can easily launch a light or heavy-duty awning into the air, and this is why you must keep all unsecured accessories in a stable shed until the severe winds have stopped. If a parasol is built with an attached table, both pieces should be stored in a secure place throughout a tropical storm as the wind could propel the umbrella and table into the air with ease. Accessories that are mounted on the side of a home won't have to be relocated before a storm since you can stop the effects of the wind gusts by lowering the fabric and securing each support element.
Can the products block mild environmental elements?
Many accessories are designed with unique coatings that provide environmental benefits. For example, if you place a product with a water shield on your property, humidity and rain won't cause mold. The moisture will simply roll off the material.
When the sun is shining, you can beat the heat by using an item that's engineered with a protective shade panel. Products that have this panel can block nearly 90 percent of the sun's UV rays. This means that everyone underneath one of these accessories will enjoy cool air as the temperature rises in the surrounding area.
Can an accessory block angled sunlight?
If you're concerned about sunlight that shines in different zones, you can block the beams as the sun sets by using a product with a rotating mechanism. This product can be adjusted based on the position of the sun, so you can easily tilt the frame in order to generate shade while lounging in different areas in your yard.
Are there products designed against mildew and heat?
Most accessories are designed with a mildew and heat shield for rainy and sunny climates. The coating that blocks mildew helps prevent bacteria from developing on the fabric when it is damp, and the heat shield prevents fading as the sun's rays continue to hit the material.