6 Factors To Ponder Upon In Buying Patio Umbrellas

Wanting to buy a patio umbrella to use in my garden is necessary to complete my outdoor patio furniture set.

If you live in in the part of the country that is relatively high altitude area like I do, it is not always probable to eat out during the evenings for it can be quite chilly so lunchtime is the ideal time for scheduling a backyard BBQ cookout.

The decision to invest in a patio umbrella comes from the concern I have for my guest and their families, it is because the location of my patio area is pretty exposed so if the sun is out they can get burned.

Before buying something no matter what is, I always make sure I do thorough research about it, so I decided to share these findings with you. Before buying the product, I took my time to consider these relevant points.

Firstly, the frame. The choices can just either be wood or aluminium mainly. One of the major disadvantage of choosing wood is that it is heavy and you can’t just move it easily, but if portability is not that important for you then wood is what you are looking for.

Second on the list is the lifting mechanism of the patio umbrella. For you the lifting mechanism may be relavant depending on the size of the patio umbrella. The crank system is when there is a level on the umbrella pole that you wind and up it goes, this system is especially made for heavy umbrellas.

There is also a system using pulley, where you pull on the rope and the umbrella goes up and you can secure its position with a pin, this is an example of the less extravagant systems. Lastly there’s the tried and tested collar where you push it up until you hear a click indicating it to be locked.

Thirdly, is the tilt. There are two options in tilting your patio umbrella. a)Tilting the umbrella requires the auto system to use the crank. b)Rotating one of the ribs to tilt the umbrella.

The fourth thing to consider is the shade size. The size of the umbrella should be 5 feet more than the area of the table if you want to be sure to provide shade to the chairs as well, this is known as the general rule of thumb.

The fifth thing to consider is the fabric used. The fabric is considered to be one of the biggest driver of the cost, I can assure you that the cheaper fabrics’ color will fade.

The last on the list is the maximum shade and an offset umbrellas that are flexible. The key points are the umbrellas should be free standing so no addition cost will go to buying umbrella stand and the pole is to one side, so you can freely position the umbrella where you wish to maximize the shade or to ensure the view isn’t disturbed.