Frequently Asked Questions
- Architectural Grade Materials
For superior quality, low maintenance and long life, only the best materials must be used; PVC, UV-stabilized PVDF coated tensile membranes containing high frequency butt-joint welded canopy panels with tape reinforcing and webbing reinforced perimeters. Frames combining hot-sprayed zinc and aluminum galvanizing with two layers of powder coat: simply the best powder coat steel protection available today. Marine grade 316 stainless steel under-arm cables with tension adjustment to ensure membrane tension can be maintained over time.
- Integrated Heating & Lighting
Heating and lighting must be fully integrated with an umbrella so it becomes a total system.
- Surround Heat
Heaters should create surround heating for the total area under a canopy. In order to achieve this, the placement of heaters is vital. Optimal placement is along the arms of the umbrella, not at the central mast.
- Soft Lighting
Umbrellas should not contain harsh spot lights, soft diffused lighting which reflects off the canopy will not shine directly onto people below and will eliminate shadows casting from cables.
- Concealed Wiring
Wiring for heaters and lights must be concealed, a neat hub should encase the wiring for safety as well as aesthetics.
- Wind Rating
Outdoor areas experience changes in weather every day. During the cooler months a heated umbrella will be at its highest demand. Typically, the cooler periods of the year are also associated with increased wind levels. Outdoor umbrellas must be able to withstand windy conditions. A high wind rating ensures that the umbrella is safe to withstand such changes in weather conditions. A wind rating of 75 miles per hour with the option to increase this rating is optimal.
- Heat Control
Precision heating requires output options. Heaters with a high and low setting will allow the system to be used across all seasons to just take the edge off the cold, or really pump out the heat. In addition, multistage heating creates energy savings.
- Water Protection
Not only must the umbrella canopy be water-resistant, but so too should the heating and lighting which is incorporated in the umbrella. Winds can easily blow rain in any direction, including across an umbrella and possibly under the canopy. An international standard rating for high water protection is IPX5.
- Weather Protection Accessories
Accessories are an important option for any umbrella system, whether it be linking umbrellas, side shades during summer, side curtains during cool / wet periods or clear sky lights to create more natural light. It is vital that accessories are attached in a manner that ensures waterproofing and longevity of the product. Accessories should not be clipped or zipped on, they must be attached to a frame on the umbrella edges itself. This also gives the option for easy removal or addition of new accessories and will not damage the umbrella canopy.
- Modular Design
Heated Umbrellas should be modular in design so that more umbrellas or accessories can be added at any time. An area may be extended easily by linking more Heated Umbrella Systems to an established installation.