Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about your CARAVITA product.
- Can I design my parasol myself?
- “Classic” and “Plus” – how do these parasols differ?
- What is a wind roof/wind hood?
- What is a valance and how do the different types of valance differ?
- What wind forces can CARAVITA parasols withstand?
- Which parasol is the right one for me?
- I’m a restaurant owner – which CARAVITA parasols are suitable for commercial use?
- Will CARAVITA parasols fit into my table?
- Are there spare parts available for my parasol?
- Can I leave my parasol outside all summer long?
- How much should my parasol base weigh?
Care and maintenance
Can I design my parasol myself?
Yes. Our parasols are available in many different designs, shapes, colours and sizes, so that you can configure your own personal parasol. In this video, we show you how easy it is.
“Classic” and “Plus” – how do these parasols differ?
The “Classic” parasols are equipped with hubs made of highly impact-proof and UV-resistant plastic. Depending on the colour of the frame, these hubs are either white or anthracite.
The “Plus” parasols have hubs made of aluminium, thus offering optimal stability. Aluminium hubs are also powder-coated to match the colour of the frame and have a particularly elegant look.
Other differences between “Classic” and “Plus”:
“Classic” parasols are equipped with a finial cap at their tip, made of white or anthracite plastic. “Plus” parasols can also be ordered with an optional aluminium finial cap with ball, which is powder-coated in the corresponding frame colour.
“Classic” model variation
“Plus” model variation
What is a wind roof/wind hood?
A wind hood refers to the small fabric hood at the tip of the parasol. The wind hood is sewn onto the fabric and sits on top of the parasol. The hood lifts when there are gusts of wind, thus reducing the force of the wind.
For a wind roof, the hood is stretched across a separate frame. A wind roof is like a small parasol on top of your parasol. It gives your sun shading system an unusual, modern look.
Wind hoods and wind roofs are intended to improve the stability of your parasol in the wind. Trials have shown that parasols with a wind hood or roof move less drastically in wind currents.
What is a valance and how do the different types of valance differ?
Valance refers to the fabric strips attached to the edges of many parasols. Valances provide additional glare protection and are often printed with advertising images. There are different types of valance:
A “flowing valance” connects to the canopy with no discernible edge. The valance can move freely in the wind, giving the parasol a light and summery feel.
The “sewed-on valance” is sewed on to the edges of the parasol. The valance thus connects to the canopy with visible a hard edge. The valances are sewed together at the edges so that they can not move in the wind. Sewed-on valances are thus optimally suited for advertising.
Scalloped valances and other special shapes are available in both flowing and sewed-on versions. We are also happy to manufacture individualised valances for your parasol on request.
Parasol with flowing valance
Parasol with sewed-on valance
Parasol with individualised valance
What wind forces can CARAVITA parasols withstand?
All Caravita parasols are made of especially robust and high-grade materials, in order to achieve optimal stability. Wind presents a particular challenge to parasols. The Big Ben parasol model was therefore tested in a wind tunnel.
The Big Ben model even withstood storm winds of up to 100 km/h in its 3×3 m version. We captured the wind tunnel test in a short video.
To guarantee additional stability in wind, we recommend equipping your parasol with a wind hood or a wind roof. You should also choose a permanent anchor.
For security reasons, it is also important to close parasols when it is windy as a general rule.
Big Ben 3 x 3 m in the wind tunnel
Which parasol is the right one for me?
Thanks to its crank, the Samara model is easy to open and close even for older people and children. Its telescopic system also allows it to close over tables and chairs.
The Supremo model can be opened and closed with particular ease and speed thanks to its sophisticated, balanced sliding mechanism. The telescopic system closes the parasol above table height.
The Big Ben parasol represents the very best that sun shading systems have to offer. The parasol is opened by crank, is extremely robust, and is available in sizes up to Ø 7 m. Lighting and heating systems can be directly integrated into the parasol. This means you can save on additional radiant heaters or lamps for your terrace – the Big Ben parasol has everything you need to to enjoy your terrace to the full, even when it gets cold.
The Amalfi parasol has a side mast with crank operation. Its classic Italian design quickly creates a holiday atmosphere. The side mast leaves plenty of space for tables and chairs under the parasol. Amalfi can also be used with Duo, Quadro or wall masts.
The Belvedere parasol has a laterally aligned mast with a handle mechanism. It opens within seconds and its protective canopy spreads over tables and chairs. When the parasol is closed, it folds back, taking up no more space than a classic central mast parasol.
Big Ben parasol
I’m a restaurant owner – which CARAVITA parasols are suitable for commercial use?
All CARAVITA parasols are made of high-grade and resilient materials and are thus fundamentally suited to long-term use in the food service and hospitality industry.
The Big Ben model was specially designed for the food service industry. The parasol is especially robust and available in diameters of up to Ø 7 m. Lighting and heating systems can optionally be integrated directly into the parasol. You can thus make profitable use of your outdoor area even in cooler weather. The practical crank mechanism also makes the parasol especially easy to operate.
The Samara and Supremo parasols can be used as an affordable alternative to the Big Ben. These are also available with large diameters (Samara up to Ø 550 cm, Supremo up to Ø 600 cm) and are very easy to use. External lighting and heating systems can be retrofitted.
With its single, wall, Duo and Quadro masts, the Amalfi series offers versatile options for shading even large areas with cantilever parasols, perfect for the food service industry. Detailed information on this parasol system can be found here.
Amalfi cantilever parasol with wall installation
Big Ben parasol with lighting and heating
Possible Big Ben Freestyle variation
Will CARAVITA parasols fit into my table?
Alternatively, we offer Primus parasols with a slender mast of Ø 38 mm to fit seamlessly into the centre of many patio tables. If you prefer a model with a thinner mast, the Primavera model is probably the best choice as it has a mast diameter of just 25 mm.
Can I leave my parasol outside all summer long?
Your parasol can stay outside all summer long without any problems. Please note, however, that the parasol should be closed and secured with the strap as described in the instructions.
If there is strong wind, however, it is recommended that you close the parasol and/or disassemble it completely.
Strap for parasol
How much should my parasol base weigh?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to give general information about weight calculations. Wind is often stated at a specific speed (e.g. 40 km/h). This ignores the fact, however, that individual gusts of wind can often be much stronger. Also, wind doesn’t just come from the side, but from above and below too – sometimes even at the same time.
Wind speed is therefore only somewhat a suitable factor for recommending a parasol base. Therefore, we provide no information on this in our sales material.
The strength and frequency of gusts of wind, as well as their direction and nature, differ greatly depending on the region. In some places a light parasol base may be sufficient, whereas in other locations fixed anchoring is recommended.
As a manufacturer, we must entrust our expert partners and customers with correctly assessing the on-site conditions, and in case of doubt we can recommend a heavier parasol base or a fixed anchoring.
1) Unscrew the finial top.
5) Mount the new, cleaned or repaired fabric by performing steps 1 to 4 in reverse.
2) Open the parasol halfway.
6) Carefully open the parasol and check that the parasol fabric is correctly aligned.
3) Remove the fabric from the parasol by loosening the screws at the ends of the struts with an electric screwdriver.
4) Remove the fabric from your parasol.