How stable is a markilux awning in wind?

markilux awnings in a wind tunnel

An awning's an awning, isn't it? Awnings range from very cheap models that can be bought at a do-it-yourself store right up to a high quality, technically sophisticated awning with all the comfort options. Those who would like to enjoy the use of their awning for a long time should pay attention to the quality when buying one.

     As the saying goes: if you buy cheap you buy twice! - as many a presumed bargain very often quickly turns out to be a poor investment. And you may even experience a nasty surprise when the "less expensive model" has to prove itself in strong winds. In most cases, savings have been made on the materials used in such price-attractive awnings. And the technical workmanship, too, often leaves a lot to be desired. As a rule, these awnings are not suitable for use in stronger winds when extended. Bent - and therefore no longer functional - folding arms right down to awnings which have been pulled out of the wall are often the consequence.

In the Formula wind tunnel at Toyota, markilux had the opportunity to study the behaviour and wind resistance of various awning models under extremely windy conditions. The models tested were the vertical blind markilux 860, a prototype of the markilux 620 tracfix as well as the folding-arm awning markilux 6000 with an experimental awning cover and a markilux 6000 with a standard cover. The blinds and awnings had to withstand wind speeds of up to 180 km/h or mph.