Outdoor umbrellas and bases
3 Overshadowed Things You Should Know to Buy an Outdoor Umbrella
Need a little extra shade in your backyard or on your patio than your porch provides naturally? Patio umbrellas are a fun and functional way to stay out of direct sunlight on a budget. The trick to finding the perfect patio umbrella is about size, maneuverability and performance.
When shopping for an outdoor umbrella be sure to take into consideration your space design. Just like interior design follows certain special rules, your outdoor living space should fit properly, too. Will this umbrella be used to cover a table? How much space are you able to designate to the umbrella? How much shaded area are you hoping for on your patio? What other furniture will it be surrounded by? Do you need a cantilever umbrella? Once you know the answers to these questions, you’ll be on the right track to finding the perfect patio umbrella for your backyard oasis.
In terms of function, you want your new outdoor umbrella to, of course, provide the proper amount of shade, but this doesn’t matter much if you’re not able to raise and lower the umbrella yourself. Be sure to test the patio umbrella’s crank or other lift systems to make sure that you’ll be able to easily open and close the umbrella depending on the weather.
One of the more commonly overlooked qualities your patio umbrella should have is a performance fabric. Most people consider performance fabric for their outdoor sofas and chairs but forget about it when the fabric would physically be located outside of the drop zone for spills. This mistake can cost your outdoor umbrella years off of its performance lifespan. Performance fabrics protect umbrellas from mildew that naturally grows over time on outdoor fabrics.