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Old 03-31-2017, 10:50 AM   #1
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Power awning wind resistance

I'm curious to know how much wind your power awning has taken and if anyone has had one tear up from wind yet. If so, what kind of wind speeds did it succumb to?

A lot of people are scared to death to leave them out when the slightest breeze blows up, but in theory they should actually be more wind resistant than their manual counterparts.

Think about this. When we know it is going to rain, everyone runs outside and lowers one end of their manual awning because they don't want rain to pool on top of it. With the power awnings, you no longer have to worry about that because they will self dump when water pools enough to drop one end automatically. (I do usually lower the end away from my entry door to direct the auto dump feature away from the door, but it isn't necessary.) So... when the wind gets up and lifts the awning, the same should occur in the opposite direction. Wind gusts, awning lifts, arms automatically retract, wind dies down, arms stretch back out.

Now, I'm not talking about leaving the awning out with a severe thunderstorm blowing in that has a history of 60 mph winds in it. Heck, I wouldn't leave a manual awning out in that kind of weather, even with it anchored down. I'm talking about those 20 to 30 mph gusts that can sneak up on you on a nice day on the side of a lake.
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Old 03-31-2017, 10:54 AM   #2
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I have awning poles and de-flapper poles on mine.....In Arizona, the wind seems to blow every day....Saw 35 mph on wind gauge....Any stronger then that, it comes in.....
First time, didn't have poles, the auto dump dumped, made a heck of a noise!.....lol
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Old 03-31-2017, 11:35 AM   #3
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When we set up the support poles are deployed! We install our Sun Shades,side and end,which would not be possible without the support poles due to weight and wind! We set the support poles for proper angle to allow Rain runoff,and then install the hold down straps,which also would be very ineffective if support poles were not used allowing the awning arms to Bend when Down force is applied to straps! If we had to stow everything that is under the awning everytime the Wind kicked up or the Rain set in We would NOT have a Awning! The end Sunshades and DeFlappers are attached to additional poles that were made and installed by me! I don't have a Wind Meter,I just use common sense! We have used our support poles for over 7 years now,still happy! Youroo!!
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Old 03-31-2017, 12:32 PM   #5
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Old 03-31-2017, 12:39 PM   #6
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Old 03-31-2017, 12:40 PM   #7
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When we set up the support poles are deployed! We install our Sun Shades,side and end,which would not be possible without the support poles due to weight and wind! We set the support poles for proper angle to allow Rain runoff,and then install the hold down straps,which also would be very ineffective if support poles were not used allowing the awning arms to Bend when Down force is applied to straps! If we had to stow everything that is under the awning everytime the Wind kicked up or the Rain set in We would NOT have a Awning! The end Sunshades and DeFlappers are attached to additional poles that were made and installed by me! I don't have a Wind Meter,I just use common sense! We have used our support poles for over 7 years now,still happy! Youroo!!
Same here except we don't have the additional sunshades but the awning goes out and the poles get extended tied down and we can then use our awning without fear until common sense says it's too windy.

We like to use our under awning areas (we have two awnings) as an outdoor living space and if we had to retract the awnings every time a little wind came by it would defeat the purpose.

These newer awnings are not built to withstand what the older manual awnings could handle without modification. Awning poles are a must on the newer ones if you want to utilize them anywhere near what you could with the older ones.

We don't have it but I'm not sure I would want to trust any kind of auto dump/auto retract feature either.
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Same here except we don't have the additional sunshades but the awning goes out and the poles get extended tied down and we can then use our awning without fear until common sense says it's too windy.

We like to use our under awning areas (we have two awnings) as an outdoor living space and if we had to retract the awnings every time a little wind came by it would defeat the purpose.

These newer awnings are not built to withstand what the older manual awnings could handle without modification. Awning poles are a must on the newer ones if you want to utilize them anywhere near what you could with the older ones.

We don't have it but I'm not sure I would want to trust any kind of auto dump/auto retract feature either.
X 2 and now will be getting the de-flapper poles . Should be arriving soon Later RJD
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