Windbreak canopies can provide very good wind shelter. The mesh size to generate good shelter depends on the shape of the structure and the turbulence of the incoming winds.
Your WeatherSolve designer will discuss fabric options and effectiveness with you.
This canopy is designed for a car storage yard. It has suspension cables that enable loads in excess of 6″ of snow or 2″ of hail to be supported across 100ft spans. Down the row, the poles are 24ft apart.
These canopies are set for parking cars in from each side as drawn below. It is shown here in hail protection mode, but can also be used for shade.
The side curtains are to protect against blowing hail. They could also be used for signage and advertising.
The “T” frames are 60ft apart and 14ft high.
A range of cross-sectional shapes are available to match functional and aesthetic requirements.
These canopies are over Carembolas in South Florida. The poles are approx 80ft apart and 20ft high. They are set up primarily for wind shelter, though the canopy uses a “hail” net.
For heavy snow or hail loads, a closer pole spacing would usually be economical.