Why do awnings have to be retracted when it is windy?

A patio awning creates a large area of fabric fitted to the side of your home, so would act like the sail of a ship when it is windy. Even steady wind loads can exert as much force in an awning as a heavy man sitting on it. Add to that any gusts of wind and the awning will experience many times the force for which it is designed.

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We recommend vibration sensors fitted to the front profile of all folding arm awnings, so that they sense when the awning is moving up/down and will retract it. Having said that, there is no substitute for common sense; if your awning is moving in the wind, you should retract it immediately.

Any damage arising due to mis-use and wind damage will not be covered by your guarantee and will result in your guarantee becoming void.

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