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What should you look for when buying a wind-resistant patio umbrella?

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A wind-resistant patio umbrella should have resilient ribs, a top vent and a stand with a heavy base. It should be easy to fold up in case of extreme winds.

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Fiberglass is the strongest material for the ribs of an umbrella, and more ribs make umbrellas stronger and more stable. A vent in the umbrella allows wind to pass through the canvas instead of toppling or damaging the umbrella, and a heavy base helps keep the umbrella standing upright. To avoid damage, users should fold up and store patio umbrellas in extreme winds, even if the umbrella is sturdier than most.

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