Buying an outdoor umbrella seems like an easy task but the truth is, it isn’t. Outdoor umbrellas are not only there for the shade but are also added features that could enhance the look of your yard. With the enormous option in buying an outdoor umbrella, buyers often find themselves overwhelmed. Here is a quick and simple guide on how to buy a patio umbrella that is perfect for you:
First and the most important are deciding on what size you’d want your outdoor umbrella to be. There are a lot of different sizes out there and you would not want to commit the mistake of buying an umbrella which is too small or too big for your patio. Umbrella sizes are as follows:
- 4 foot to 6 foot- enough to shade a small café table or a bistro table.
- 7 foot to 8 foot- can shade a 36 inch café table or a bistro table.
- 9 foot to 10 foot- can shade a 48 inch round or square table with four chairs.
- 11 foot- can shade a 60 inch square or round table or a 72 inch rectangular or oval table with six chairs.
If you have finished deciding on what size to buy, you have to know a little more about umbrella poles. These poles are usually at about 8 feet tall but there are available poles which are taller. Choose a sturdy pole that can accommodate your umbrella. Your pole serves as the body so it is of utmost importance that your pole can withstand strong winds if you are living in an area with such weather.
There are patio umbrellas with tilting capacities. Tilting options are good because it offers more shade. A tilting umbrella is adjustable thus, allowing you more options on where to adjust the umbrella for the best shading.
Also, do not forget that there is either a free standing or a table patio umbrella. These two require a stand. An umbrella base or stand is required if you think your patio umbrella do not have enough support. These bases help your umbrella especially against strong winds. Bases can either be made from cast iron or resin compounds and both do a really good job in supporting your umbrella.
It is also important to scrutinize what fabric your umbrella is made of. A patio umbrella should always provide UV protection and at the same time be weather resistant. Remember that your umbrella will be out in heat and there will be days with unexpected rain so if you buy an outdoor umbrella with a cheap fabric, it will wore out easily. Breathable fabrics are a good choice because you could stay cool and fresh under it even under the hot sun. Most companies and stores have a different and wide range of umbrella colors to choose from. I suggest you buy that which is light or neutral in color because darker colors, especially black, tend to absorb heat and would not do a good job in keeping you cool under the shade.