How to choose an umbrella?
If you are looking for a new umbrella then we can help you better orient yourself in the world of umbrellas. What to choose an umbrella The quality and price level of umbrellas depends on different components. Here are some of the most common ones.
The strength of the umbrella depends on the material of the frame
Today, people want life to be comfortable and an umbrella as easy as possible. But the smaller and lighter the umbrella, the easier it will break. The strength and quality of the umbrella frame is determined by the material from which the frame is made. There are basically three types of frames:
The strength of a metal frame is determined by the density and weight of the frame. The larger the diameter of the metal frame, the more durable the construction. When buying an umbrella with a metal frame, you should consider whether the frame feels strong and stable in your hand. You can be sure that the umbrella will last a long time.
Aluminum frame is a good light and preferred material. Unfortunately, even a light frame can break with the first gust of wind.
The fiberglass frame is durable and does not break easily. Fiberglass is used in the production of medium and high quality umbrellas.
The material and quantity of the ribs guarantee wind resistance
The most windproof umbrella has a double truss. These are mostly found only on large umbrellas. Large umbrellas also generally have a greater curvature of the shade and it is more difficult for the wind to get under the shade to do harm.
The strength of the umbrella also depends on how long the ribs meet. The longer the ribs meet, the better the shade will withstand. Because the ribs of collapsible shadows are short, they tend to break more easily. In addition, the strength of the umbrella is indicated by the number of ribs. The more ribs on the umbrella, the stronger the umbrella.
The water resistance of an umbrella depends largely on the fabric
Nylon is more expensive than polyester and ponge due to its silky material. However, the nylon coating can shrink with moisture. However, this affects the reliability of the umbrella opening and closing. Umbrella manufacturers have begun to prefer pongee fabric to nylon.
Polyester is the cheapest and the quality is not as good as pongee or nylon fabric. Polyester is not as soft as pongee. Although it is possible to print bright colors on polyester, the negative feature of the fabric can be considered the wrinkling of the fabric.
Pongee is an unbleached fabric. It is made of raw silk threads and other fibers. It is a high density fabric. Touching like cotton. It is a medium weight tightly woven fabric. Pongee is more expensive than polyester and the quality is better. Pongee fabric is usually used in the production of medium and high quality umbrellas.
The ease of use of the umbrella is determined by the opening mechanism
Umbrella opening mechanisms are divided into three classes: manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic.
The manual opening system is one of the most common and also the cheapest in terms of price level.
There is only one arrow on the handle of the semi-automatic umbrella. This shows that the umbrella opens from the button, but must be closed in the same way as a manual umbrella, ie manually.
The fully automatic umbrella handle has an arrow marked up and down. This means that the umbrella only opens and closes with the button. The fully automatic umbrella is very convenient to use, for example, when getting out of the car or entering the car. However, it takes a little more force to close the umbrella telescope than with a manual umbrella. If the fully automatic umbrella is inadvertently rotated and the umbrella is pulled by hand, the fully automatic umbrella mechanism may break. It is also important to note that if the fully automatic umbrella does not open, it must be completely closed, shaken and reopened with the button. The fully automatic umbrella only opens from the closed position.
No less important are the details of the umbrella
Velcro fastening is one of the most popular fastening methods in use, but the effectiveness of velcro may decrease over time. If possible, prefer a fastening with a button, which makes the price of the umbrella more expensive but is more reliable.
Ease of use is also affected by the quality of the wrist strap. The cheapest is an ordinary lanyard that does not stretch. In second place is a leather wrist strap and an elastic wrist strap. Although the leather wrist strap looks more beautiful, the elastic wrist strap is more comfortable for the user
There is no real windproof umbrella, but heavier umbrellas, which are at the same time difficult to carry, are better able to withstand the wind. Find the most durable and reliable umbrella according to the right materials. We must not forget the fact that the life of an umbrella is extended if it is used correctly.
Did you know
• The umbrella must not be dried open, as this will stretch the fabric and seams.
• Dirty umbrellas can be cleaned with dishwashing detergent solution and a sponge and then rinsed over. The shade must not be soaked.
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