A patio umbrella is a great shade solution for hot and sunny days. If you want a stylish outdoor covering, you can also opt for a cantilever umbrella. While a patio umbrella uses a centre pole to stay upright, a cantilever umbrella has an offset pole which suspends the umbrella from the side. The umbrella then hovers over a seating area to provide shelter. 

There is also another important differentiator when it comes to comparing patio and cantilever umbrellas; and that factor is wind resistance. Although, we strongly advise all our readers to pack up their umbrella and store them safely if the winds are stormy and moving at high speed; however, we’d also like them to know that under low to moderate winds, cantilever umbrellas are more stable than centre-pole umbrellas.  

Heavy duty commercial umbrellas are weather resistant, strong and stable. A little bit of wind obviously won’t cause much disturbance to your umbrella. However, strong gusts do pose a problem, especially in windy areas. This is because centre-pole umbrellas are generally designed in a way that the fabric could sag under low gusts and then spring back into shape as the airflow lessen. But if a strong gust comes along, the springing action can bow out the fabric and cause it to tear.

On the other hand, cantilever umbrellas could withstand more wind pressure because of the way they function. As already mentioned, they are suspended and supported by a centre rod placed to one side rather than in the middle of the marquee. This design provides them added strength, stability and safety. It also ensures that your view is unobstructed with the pole seemingly out of the way. That way, a larger area can also be shaded. This is also a reason why heavy-duty cantilever patio umbrellas are in high demand in windy areas.

Listed Below, you will find five additional factors that make cantilever umbrellas a good choice for windy areas…

  1. Shape and Coverage

Whether you want to place your umbrella in your garden, backyard, or pool, the shape of a cantilever umbrella could impact its wind resistance. Heavy duty cantilever patio umbrellas come in various shapes, including round, square, and rectangular options, but it is important to note how the umbrella is secured. If you are looking for a permanent solution, it is always better to secure the umbrella to a wall. However, if it’s for temporary use, you must get a heavy base and also probably use sand bags and other weighted items to keep it in place. The umbrella should also proportionately fit and shade your outdoor area. Otherwise, it might look jarring. So you need to pick an option that provides enough shade but isn’t too large. 

  1. Material/Fabric

Foe windy areas as well, you don’t just need an umbrella that offers wind resistance, it should be durable and should also protect you from sun and rain. In other words, the marquee should be able to block the sun’s harmful UV rays and be water resistant if the showers roll over. Moreover, it should be made with high-quality materials which last longer. Popular options in heavy duty commercial umbrella materials include:

  • Acrylic: Acrylic is a soft and versatile fabric that can be dyed in different colours and patterns. The material helps in resisting wrinkling and harsh weather and retaining the shape of the marquee.
  • Polyester: Polyester is a cost-effective material that can quickly dry. 
  • Olefin: This fabric is UV-resistant apart from supporting the umbrella in strong winds. It is also a quick-drying fabric and can be easily wiped clean. 

Cantilever umbrellas must also have a rust-resistant frame. The choices include:

  • Steel: Stainless steel with zinc coating is durable and corrosion resistant. They are sturdy and also look sleek.
  • Aluminium: Aluminium frames are not just strong but also lightweight. They are corrosion resistant and affordable too. 
  1. Tilt and Rotation

The most important reason why cantilever umbrellas are so highly-sought in windy areas is because the products feature a tilt or rotation option. The mechanism allows the umbrellas to be raised or lowered and tilted from left to right, forward and backward, or even a full 360-degree. 

These options allow the umbrella to be flexible when facing strong winds. For example, the umbrellas can be tilted into the wind in a way so that the wind pushes the umbrella down toward its strong base instead of lifting it. The tilt of the umbrella could also be changed according to the direction of the wind. 

  1. Mechanism

The weather in Australia could be very fickle. However, cantilever umbrellas can be quite heavy. So you might think that handling such umbrellas could be tricky in extreme wind conditions. But fear not. Heavy duty commercial umbrellas are structured in such a way that they can be opened and closed easily and quickly in strong windy conditions or when a storm approaches. However, we must again reiterate that we strongly discourage you to open umbrellas in high winds because no umbrella is entirely wind-resistant. 

  1. Weight and Stability

While discussing the shape of an umbrella, we have already stated the importance of weight and stability. And the best way to stabilise your umbrella is to have a sturdy base that will prevent it from toppling or blowing away. So you can either attach the umbrella to a wall, bolt it to the ground, or pair it with a weighted base. 


Cantilever umbrellas are a combination of beauty, durability, and innovation. They can also look sleek and leave a lasting impression, unlike any other outdoor umbrellas. But the best part is their ability to withstand the toughest outdoor elements to provide reliable shade and protection. So we sincerely hope that after going through the points mentioned above, you can put all your doubts to rest and select the best designed cantilever umbrellas that can be used in windy areas.