The best way to cover an outdoor area that does not have trees or appropriate shade is to use a patio umbrella. Often, people are not aware of the characteristics they need to see in an umbrella before purchasing it. By following a few key points you can get the perfect umbrella that will fit in your backyard in a perfect manner.
1)Placement: Before purchasing a patio umbrella, it is necessary for you to identify where you will place the umbrella to achieve desired shade, there are two kinds of locations in which a patio umbrella can be adjusted. One is free standing, and the other is through the table. The free standing umbrellas are those that are used for large outdoor areas, while a through patio-table umbrella is the one that is placed at the middle of the table.
2) Umbrella Stands: A stand is used to give support to the patio umbrella. The type of patio-umbrella stand depends upon what kind of umbrella you are purchasing. Usually the through-table umbrellas need a lighter base when compared to the free standing umbrellas.
3) Size: Before purchasing a patio umbrella, make sure you measure the area that needs to be covered with the umbrella’s shade. Typically, the size of the patio umbrella should be about 4 to 5 feet larger than the area that needs to be covered in shade.
4) Umbrella Frames: A patio umbrella is available in either a metal frame or a wood frame. The metal frames can be opened with a push button, can be rotated and comes in a variety of colors. The wooden frames come in hardwood and teak, is opened manually and cannot be rotated. The type of frame you purchase depends upon the design of your patio.
5) Tilt Methods: An umbrella can be tilted using three ways; collar tilt, push-button and crank tilt. It is said that the collar tilt is the easiest method to tilt a patio umbrella.
6) Materials: There are three types of materials available. PVC, canvas and shade cloth. A PVC canopy blocks 100% of the dangerous sun rays, while a canvas canopy are made up of fabric and is not waterproof, a shade cloth can block 90-95% UV rays, and it can resist light rain.
7) Types: there are 4 kinds of patio umbrellas that are available in the market.
- Center Pole: The most common type of patio umbrella, this type is held with the support of a central pole. It also has a frame to carry more support for the placement of the umbrella. A central pole umbrella needs a heavy support at its base.
- Crank and Tilt: This type of umbrella is usually used for large outdoor areas because it can be rotated in any direction to block the sun's harmful rays. The design is similar to the center pole, but it has a crank device in it that allows you to set the angle at which you’d like to rotate the umbrella.
- Cantilever: A cantilever umbrella is the one that hangs on the side of its frame with the support of its curved arm on one side. This kind of umbrella has the ability to be rotated a full 360 degrees, and it is usually used in dining areas or swimming pools beside the patio furniture.
- Pavilion: This type is mostly used at beaches or parks since it helps in providing shade to the entire family. It is square in shape, and it is like an offset patio umbrella because it has support on every corner.