5 useful pieces of advice for when stormy weather hits
An Isabella awning rarely sustains damage in stormy weather if it is correctly tensioned and all the pegs are properly hammered into the ground. To ensure that your awning is as secure as possible before a storm, we recommend that you read these five specific tips on what to do before a storm hits.
How do I storm secure my awning?
- Purchase the storm-proofing kit for both corners and the middle (if you have the Penta model, you will need to buy five sets). A storm-proofing kit consists of a 40 cm metal peg and a strong storm band.
- Mount the storm-proofing kit in the corners and in the middle, inside the awning. Five simple steps are all it takes:
See how to do this here:
- Fasten the small storm band around both rafter poles.
- Mount the long storm band in the hook of the small one.
- Mount the other end of the long storm band in the eye of the peg.
- Hammer the 40 cm metal peg into the ground.
- Never fully tension the storm band. Let it remain slack, not pulling on the awning. This way, the storm-proofing kit will only come into play if the awning is about to “take off”.
- Do NOT tension the storm guy strips without the Isalink storm tensioning bracket. The awning will lose its shape and the windows and awning stitching will be pulled into crooked positions. Instead, the ropes in the Isalink rubber strips should hang down loosely. The rubber strips will be tensioned when the wind blows against the awning.
- To give your awning added stability, you can also install additional rafter poles, which are easy to mount using Isabella’s patented screwless FixOn brackets. See here how to position the rafter correctly:
- 1) Use extra-long 30 cm pegs to give your awning additional stability.