An Umbrella That Doesn’t Break in the First Gust of Wind
A good umbrella is a must-have for the fall and even the winter weather, when you want to protect yourself against rain, snow and wind. Not only will it keep you dry and comfortable, it can also be a safety issue as it’s difficult to see where you’re walking when you’re trying to shield yourself from pouring rain and falling snow.
Unfortunately many inexpensive umbrellas are not very reliable or sturdy. One good gust of wind and they turn inside out, and cannot be used again. Umbrellas are made from small, thin metal rods which hold the waterproof material that makes up the body of the umbrella. These rods need to be thin and light so you can fold up the umbrella and carry it easily, but this also makes them vulnerable to bending and even breaking. Once they’re bent or broken, it’s virtually impossible to repair them so you wind up getting a new umbrella!
One way to find a sturdy umbrella is to choose one made with plastic rather than metal rods. The plastic is lightweight but sturdier so it won’t bend and break as easily. Plastic may also come in many other colors so you can have some fun during those drab fall and winter days. Some types of metal used for umbrellas also rusts, so plastic can last longer.
A plastic material for the body of the umbrella can also last longer and hold up against the wind better than a nylon material, which is thin and which may easily pull away from that skeleton. You may assume that a child’s umbrella is made of plastic, but look for a clear acrylic umbrella if you’re concerned about appearances.
Typically an umbrella that is very curved in a cup-shape is more likely to get caught in a gust of wind, as that deep cup shape will catch the wind. While you need an umbrella that is long enough and deep enough to provide protection, if you live in a particularly windy area, you may want to choose one that is less deep.
Note how you keep your umbrella and hold it so that it lasts longer. It will tend to bend and tear when wind gets caught under it and turns it inside out, so always hold the umbrella pointed toward the wind. If you feel a gust coming on, tilt it even more toward that wind to protect it and you.
Let your umbrella dry after each use so it lasts longer and doesn’t start to smell of mold and mildew. This will let it last as long as possible and will keep it ready for each use.