How Much Wind Is Too Much For An Awning?
No matter how much you check the weather, the wind is always unpredictable. And despite all retractable awnings being wind-resistant to a degree, it’s essential to know how much wind is too much for an awning.
Here, we’ll look at how much wind an awning can withstand, and some of the best wind-resistant awnings on the market.
How Much Wind Can An Awning Withstand?
As a rule of thumb, most retractable awnings can withstand winds up to 29-38km/h or level 5 on the Beaufort wind scale. This is known as a ‘fresh breeze’ where small trees begin to sway.
Some higher-end retractable awnings, such as those from Helioscreen, can withstand upwards of 6 on the Beaufort scale (39-49km/h). This is known as a ‘strong breeze’ where large branches are in motion and umbrellas become difficult to use.
Regardless of the quality, it is important to note that awnings are not designed to endure strong winds. As soon as the wind makes it uncomfortable to enjoy your deck or patio, it’s time to retract your awning.
Best Wind Resistant Awnings – Our Top 2 Picks
Helioscreen’s range of retractable awnings feature an articulated arm manufactured with the highest quality chromatisied aluminium, durable die cast parts and secure steel cables. The result is quality, wind-resistant awnings that are highly durable in Australian conditions.
Our top 2 awnings for windy areas include:
1. Cassette Awning
Helioscreen’s Cassette Awning meets the highest demands of weather protection and style to complement any outdoor space. The fully closing cassette protects the awning parts and fabric from the wind and rain, and almost completely disappears into the façade of the building when retracted.
The Cassette awning has a maximum projection of 4 metres and a level 6 Beaufort rating, meaning it is safe for use in winds below 39-49km/h.
2. Fabric Cassette
Made with premium European componentry, Helioscreen’s Fabric Cassette awning offers heavy duty protection from the elements all year round. It features high strength articulated arms to ensure smooth function and durability against strong winds.
The Fabric Cassette has a maximum projection of 4.5m and a level 6 Beaufort wind rating, making it ideal for decks, courtyards and balconies in high wind areas.
How To Protect Your Awning From The Wind
1. Retract It When Conditions Become Unsuitable
As a rule of thumb, if it’s too windy to sit outside comfortably, it’s too windy for an awning and you should retract it immediately.
We recommend rolling in your awning at night, if you see storm clouds approaching or before you leave for work. This will protect your awning from damage if you’re not around to retract it when conditions take a turn for the worse. It will also protect your awning from debris or branches that may pick up in the wind.
2. Install Weather Sensors
The easiest way to protect your awning from wind damage is to install weather sensors.
Weather sensors bring peace of mind knowing your awning will stay safe from damage from the elements. Sensors detect when winds become unsuitable and automatically retract your awning without you lifting a finger.
Choose Australia’s Leading Retractable Awning Supplier
To ensure your awning remains durable in Australia’s unpredictable weather, invest in a quality product from a reputable supplier like Helioscreen. Our awnings are made with only the best quality fabrics and componentry and are backed by a 5 year warranty for your peace of mind.
Helioscreen is Australia’s leading supplier of awnings for a variety of residential and commercial applications. Contact us today for more information.