Quick and Easy Patio Umbrella Buying Guide – 4 Factors to Review When Shopping for Shade
In North Texas, this is the time of year to enjoy days of endless sun. However, with endless sun also comes endless periods of no shade, depending on your patio setup. To seek some shade and add a pop of color to your outdoor space, nothing is better than a quality patio umbrella. So we can help you navigate the outdoor umbrella market we’ve compiled a patio umbrella buying guide. Before you go off in search of the ideal patio umbrella, make sure you read and reference these following four chief factors:
- Purpose Determines Shape and Size – Just why do you want a patio umbrella? Your intention will help determine the size and shape of your umbrella. If you’re looking for maximum shade, choose a square or rectangular shape. A circular umbrella offers the least amount of shade. Make sure that the diameter extends 2 feet wider on each side than the space you wish to cover. Also, if you want to avoid bumping heads, 7 feet tall is a good rule for height.
- Specific Use – In line with determining shape and size, get specific about the umbrella’s purpose to decide what kind of umbrella you want. At Casual Living, we offer market, cantilever, and tilting umbrellas. A market or table umbrella is ideal for dining because it rests within an umbrella hole in the center of the table. Cantilever and tilting umbrellas allow for a wider range of coverage because you can adjust them as the sun moves.
- Pole and Base Specifics – Not many people consider the pole and base when they think about patio umbrellas. However, as the foundation of your umbrella, these elements are just as important as the cover. If you are purchasing a freestanding or market umbrella, the pole may not include a base and you’ll want to make the sure umbrella hole in your table matches the pole’s diameter. If you’re buying a base separate, ensure that it will actually hold the weight of your umbrella. The longer the pole, the heavier the base has to be to support it.
- Ventilation Options – You’ll also want to be aware of the ventilation your umbrella will offer. Most umbrellas offer either single or double ventilation. Single is standard with most patio umbrellas and allows for wind to flow freely through the cover without making it parachute open and blow away. Vents also help with heat dissipation. If you live in a windier area, the best option is double ventilation, which allows for more heat dissipation and better wind resistance. At Casual Living, we offer both types of ventilation options so make sure to ask when shopping at our stores.
Now that you know what to look for, we wish you luck on your patio umbrella shopping adventure. For any questions about our patio umbrella buying guide, contact us today. To shop for patio umbrellas and other outdoor furniture on line, browse our catalog.