The basics of wind-proof umbrellas
Wind-proof umbrellas incorporate a combination of design elements that result in reduced air pressure in the case of wind gusts that can strain key parts of an umbrella structure. The tension of an umbrella canopy on a lightweight folding frame is an ingenious balance of form and function. Generally, venting of the fabric canopy is the first line of defense against wind to release pressure by allowing wind to escape through vents. Reducing pressure on the canopy from wind prevents strain on the frame and the joints of the frame that can cause the canopy to invert or to bend part of the frame.
Fiberglass ribs also increase flexibility in the event of inversion due to wind or strain from strong gusts.
A combination of fiberglass ribs and venting creates a wind-resistant umbrella structure to withstand even the strongest storms. Ideally, a quality umbrella should be able to invert in a strong wind without any damage to the frame or ribs.
Gouda manufactures a range of combination wind-proof umbrella frames and that incorporate steel and fiberglass from compact umbrellas up to our oversized golf umbrellas when heavy weather is in the forecast.