6 Guidelines To Consider In Buying Patio Umbrellas
In the process of completing my outdoor patio furniture set, I needed to buy a patio umbrella that is to be placed in my garden.
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.
I know it was time to invest in a patio umbrella when I realized that my patio area is rather exposed so when the sun is up there, it can be really easy for my guest and their families to get burned especially young members of the families.
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. The list below are the relevant points I considered before purchasing the product.
First on the list is the frame. Ultimately the choice just boils down to either wood or aluminium. 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.
Secondly, 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.
Another system is using a pulley, you pull on a rope and the umbrella goes up and by using the pin you can secure its position, this is known as one the less elaborate systems. Finally there exists a tried and tested collar that you have to push upwards until a click can be heard showing that it has been locked.
The third thing to consider is the tilt. About two option can be used in tilting your patio umbrella. a)Tilting the umbrella requires the auto system to use the crank. b)Tilting the umbrella can be achieve by rotating one of the ribs.
Fourth is the shade size. Following the general rule of thumb, the size of the umbrella should be 5 feet greater than the area of the table you wish to as to give you extra room required for the chairs to be included.
Fifth on the list 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 that they don’t need umbrella stand that can generate extra cost so they have to be free standing and since the pole is to one side, you are free to position the umbrella where you can maximize the shade and the view isn’t interrupted.