Preparing for Hurricanes and Storms

We hope everyone stays safe during hurricane season. As a company that specializes in commercial and shade structure design, Creative Shade Solutions understands more than others the significant role of our landscape architecture.

Hurricanes can uproot trees, remove roofs, and collapse commercial structures, taking with them the essential shade needed to protect customers, students, and children from the sun’s harmful rays.

That is why we want to not only help in the restoration process, but we also want to educate the Orlando, Tampa Bay and other Florida community members about these powerful storms and how to take the best precautions in order to ensure that the outdoor areas of your day care, school or business can withstand these strong wind gusts.

Apart from taking all appropriate safety measures prior to a hurricane, Creative Shade Solutions recommends you follow the guidelines below to ensure that your shade structures do not incur damages:

Tension Sails

Creative Shade Solutions tension sails are designed to withstand up to 82 mph winds (category 1 hurricane). If winds exceed 82 mph, all tension sails must be taken down prior to the storm.

Retractable Roofs

Protect your retractable roof systems by fully retracting the structure. For additional protection, tie with bungee cords to secure the fabric.

Cabanas & Awnings

Fabric awnings can also withstand a category 1 hurricane. However, for storms with winds above 82 mph, remove all fabric cabanas, awnings and canopies. In case of last-minute circumstances where professional removal of the awning is no longer an option, remove fabric by cutting the rope surrounding the structure (picture below) and store properly in a safe place.

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