Do strong winds and extreme weather always damage your clotheslines? Perhaps it’s time to invest in a proper outdoor umbrella clothesline that is designed to stay upright and keep the cords intact even during inclement weather.
So how exactly does this type of clothesline work? An umbrella clothesline generally opens and retracts the same way as your traditional umbrella. You can open it when you want to use it and tug it down if you won’t be using it for a long time (or if it’s particularly windy). The folding mechanism ensures that the clothesline ‘disappears’ when not in service. When there is a severe weather condition or stormy atmosphere, simply retract the outdoor umbrella clothesline to keep it safe.
You can now easily order an umbrella clothesline over the internet, but beware—not all products are truly heavy-duty. Be sure to choose a product that is made of durable materials. The frame and the braces should all be made of strong aluminum. The metal should be anodized to make it resistant to rust. This is a critical feature of clotheslines because they are always in contact with water. You should be able to use a clothesline without worrying about material deterioration caused by oxidation. Check quality of the brackets and see if they can retain the load of wet clothes without sagging.
Another key factor to look at is the cord. The best outdoor umbrella clotheslines in the market today use poly core materials—a combination of fibers that are wrapped with cotton or polyester (and some with plastic). Because of its design, it is unlikely to break or snap even with heavy loads. Do keep in mind that a typical load of wet wash weighs around 18 pounds and can certainly cause the inferior clotheslines to deteriorate.