Patio Umbrella - How Do You Choose?
Have you got yourself some new outdoor furniture, maybe for the pool side or for the upper deck or even for the
patio in general? Well, then you must be considering what to do in order to maintain your patio furniture in
pristine condition. This is where a patio umbrella comes in. These patio umbrellas work by providing shade to the
furniture and also shielding them away from direct exposure to external weather conditions such as snow, rain etc.
In this respect, understanding that just about any type of patio umbrella shall do the job of safeguarding your
What exactly is a patio umbrella? In layman’s terms it is a larger version of an umbrella that is used to shade
more than just one person. These umbrellas are quite commonly seen in beach side and poolside bars or settings.
First question that comes to mind, what do you want to shade?
Are you shading a patio or large poolside or some small patio furniture?
How large of a patio table or furniture do you have?
What kind of weather is most common in your area? This is vital to help you decide which type of fabric
you want for your umbrella.
Are you looking for patio umbrellas for a commercial atmosphere or basic shade at your backyard?
Now that you are about to get a new patio umbrella, it is time to understand the different types and what is
best for your requirements. Although in the market, you shall find many different types of umbrellas, most can be
easily classified into four basic types based on their structure and support namely, Regular, Cantilever, Thatched
and Skyline patio umbrellas.
In the remaining of the article the types and the guidelines to choosing a perfect patio umbrella for your needs
are presented in a manner that should help most buyers in making up their mind, while educating the rest on the
topic in general.
Regular patio umbrella is a simple umbrella that may or may not come with a retractable
roof. These circular or oval in shape umbrellas are made to fit in the center of patio tables that have a hole
through which the pole of the umbrella slides into. In case, your table lacks such a hole to accommodate the beam,
it would be wise to choose some other kind of umbrella structure. In regular umbrellas, one can also find other
kinds of shapes such as square as well.
Cantilever patio umbrella is perfect for tables that have no accommodation for the
support beam. These umbrellas come separate from the support beam and hence allow you to change the umbrella
without removing the support structure, which is a cantilever system. Furthermore, this type of patio umbrella is a
perfect choice for anyone with more furniture to shade.
Thatched patio umbrella is a permanent structure that are rooted to the ground and
cannot be removed even if the patio tables and chairs are moved. Hence, when going for these types of umbrellas be
careful of thinking the design of the area out well in advance. Aesthetically, such umbrellas naturally bring in an
atmosphere of Hawaii.
Finally, the Skyline patio umbrellas are useful when your furniture is placed to a
corner with a railing. By using these umbrellas, you can save on space since there is no supporting structure that
is stuck to the ground, all the support comes from the railing that the umbrella support beam is attached to.
However, such types of umbrellas can only shade a compact area at best.
Now with the basic idea about the various types of patio umbrellas, you can make a buy based on your
requirements. Two things to keep in mind when purchasing an umbrella such as this are to check the fabric or the
make of the umbrella and its cost.