Tips for Buying a Patio - or Pool Umbrella
Not to be confused with beach umbrellas, pool and patio umbrellas are designed for use with an umbrella base. Use by the pool, on your deck or for commercial establishments such as outdoor restaurants, cafes, or resort pool areas.
Distinctions Between Patio and Beach Umbrellas
The bottom end of a patio umbrella is flat and open so that it can attach to a base. Beach Umbrella poles are pointy for digging in the sand Patio umbrella poles are normally wider in diameter than beach umbrella poles. While many beach umbrella poles are 1 1/4" in diameter, expect your typical patio umbrella pole to be at least 1.5" in diameter. Patio umbrellas come with lift options like manual or crank lift. The majority of patio umbrellas come with metal poles and tilt options are generally available. Choose a tilt umbrella so you can sit outside all day and not worry about the sun as the direction of the sun changes. Dozens of colors and design styles and a wide range of sizes make choosing a patio umbrella exciting. However, since they can be a big investment, you'll feel better making an educated purchase.
Using a Patio Umbrella with a Table
Make sure the umbrella diameter fits the patio table hole and the umbrella height and the patio table height are compatible. Bar height tables may require an extra long bottom pole or patio umbrella base which allows you to raise the height of the umbrella.
Pool and Patio Umbrella Accessories
Do you want patio umbrella cover for extra protection when it is rainy or during the fall? If so, seek out a patio umbrella protective cover.
Patio Umbrella Base Options
Construction materials include concrete filled, galvanized steel, aluminum and resin coated.
Weights range from 50 lbs to 100 lbs and heavier. For easy storage, consider am umbrella base filled with sand or gravel. The base arrives to you empty. Simply fill it for use and then empty the base or winter storage.
Choose freestanding or table use
- or a base that can be used for both. Patio umbrella bases with wheels make re-positioning and storage easier.
What Size Umbrella Base Do You Need? Is Specialty Mounting Necessary?
Patio umbrellas can be used at home or at commercial establishments. Impressive 11 foot patio umbrellas make a statement and are great for large group and tables.
A standard umbrella base may be enough for patio and pool umbrellas up to 7 feet. Sizes larger than that may need specialty mounting.