Last Fall, we bought an umbrella last year to shade us in the back yard when the sun is setting, and to keep the mid-day sun from BEATING down upon us. It was on sale at Home Depot for 1/2 price in the fall - $100 down from $200, not a bad deal. It lasted just over 6 months, before failure.
We never kept the umbrella spread out in a storm. We did leave it on our deck, folded, typically. When a large wind storm would blow in, we'd lay it down so it wouldn't blow over. Last weekend, we found that it was ripped at the apex. Not from mechanical over-load, just from normal Arizona solar UV exposure. It hasn't even gotten into the triple digits very much yet this year. Awesome. Another high quality product of Chinese manufacture.
1 year ago