Don’t Get Blown Away: High Wind Beach UmbrellaAuthor: Brian C. Williams | Date: December 9, 2016 | Please Comment!
Nothing can ruin a day at the beach like having the wind destroy your umbrella.
A majority of beach umbrellas found on the market are not made to withstand a windy day.
There are several points to consider when choosing a high wind beach umbrella.
It is bad enough if you have to chase it, but if you have to replace it, it is even worse, not to mention expensive.
The following pointers will help you choose a beach umbrella that can withstand a windy day so that you can enjoy the coastal breezes and sunshine.
If you want a beach umbrella that can withstand considerable gusts, then you will have to sacrifice lightweight construction.
Unfortunately, in order to withstand heavy winds, additional weight must be added to the umbrella.
When you are searching for a larger umbrella, such as one with a span of 6 or 8 feet, a high wind beach umbrella can get quite heavy.
Another thing to consider when looking for a high wind beach umbrella is the sturdiness of the fabric.
Most of the fabrics out there are heavy enough to withstand most conditions.
However, if you intend to use them in high wind situations, they must be puncture resistant because the stresses placed on the edges of the fabric by the wind pressing it against the pole ends can be higher than on your average day.
Of course, heavier fabric also means heavier weight when you are carrying it.
A sand anchor is the best way to anchor your high wind beach umbrella.
Some models come with it, and with others you will have to purchase it separately.
A sand anchor, combined with a heavier construction umbrella pushes the wind rating for some models up to about 35 mph.
Of course, if winds go higher than 35 mile-per-hour, your umbrella probably won’t be your first concern.
The average high wind beach umbrella weighs about 8 pounds, which is considerably heavier than your standard beach umbrella, but many of them use lightweight aluminum construction in order to balance the ability to take a load with weight.
This is a choice that you will have to consider when choosing an umbrella that you intend to use in all types of weather.
Another option that is recently on the market are umbrellas that have vents built into them.
These umbrellas create wind resistance by allowing the wind to pass through them.
However, this only works if you have the umbrella pointed so that it is facing the wind.
They can roll sideways if you have them sitting parallel to the wind direction, instead of perpendicular.
These are often a great option for higher wind days, but unless they are of sturdy construction, vents are no substitute for a heavy frame and fabric.
When choosing a high wind beach umbrella, it is important to consider your needs and the conditions that you believe you will encounter most likely.
If the nearby beach is a place that is always windy, then a high wind umbrella will be a good investment, but if the area that you frequent is calmer, then you may not need to spend the extra money for an umbrella that can take a beating.
There are many options on the market to choose from and you will be certain to find one to meet your needs.