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2014
2014
OCT
22

Like A Sail In The Wind

How much wind can patio awnings withstand?

With yesterdays windy conditions, which saw gusts of winds recorded in some parts of the country in excess of 100mph, causing trees to uproot and lorries to topple, we thought it would be a good idea to post this article on the wind resistance of our patio awnings, given that the calm summer weather is now a distant memory.

All our patio awnings have been extensively and rigorously tested to ensure they will withstand consistent strong breezes and stronger gusts of wind (albeit not 100mph) with the patio awnings we supply direct, featuring the strongest folding arms of all UK manufactured awnings, certified to the highest wind speed classification under European Quality & Safety Standard EN13561 (which all awnings must be tested to) - Beaufort 6, 30mph; Large branches in motion. Whistling heard in overhead wires. Umbrella use becomes difficult. Plastic bins tip over, giving you re-assurance that the sudden changing British weather, calm one minute, gusty the next won’t pose a problem for our patio awnings.

As a general rule of thumb if you feel comfortable sitting / standing outside (ie you haven’t been blown over) then our patio awnings are fine, however, if the fabric on our patio awnings is flapping around and the mechanism is flexing this is a clear indication the patio awning should not be in use. In fact is is important to ensure that any patio awning is retracted away before high winds, or any extreme weather hits, as even retracting a patio awning away during strong winds can cause damage to the material and/or mechanism.

And always check when retracting your patio awning that there are no foreign objects in the way (ie small broken twigs sitting on the fabric) or allowed to roll within the fabric / cassette.