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What Are the Different Types of Patio Umbrella?

by Jessica Thomson Expert Blogger

Have you ever imagined a relaxing summer weekend on your patio? A chaise lounge, a cold bevvy in your hand, the shining sun and the cool shade of your patio umbrella. Great, isn’t it? But can this perfect weekend getaway on a sunny day be complete without a patio umbrella? Absolutely not!

A patio umbrella is an integral part of your outdoor space. Apart from being a must-have shade product in your patio, an umbrella adds to the beauty of your outdoor décor. However, it is important to choose the right type of umbrella for your patio to make the most of your outdoor living space. This list of different types of patio umbrellas will make it easier for you to identify the best bet for your backyard.

Table Umbrella

The most commonly used outdoor umbrella in patios, decks, backyards and gardens is the traditional table umbrella. These umbrellas are usually made of aluminium or wooden pole, which is attached to a hole at the centre of the table. They have a canopy large enough to protect people sitting around the table. Generally, they have a strong base to stand firmly without placing undue stress on the table.  

Offset or Cantilever Umbrella

Unlike a table umbrella which is attached to a table, a cantilever umbrella has a separate strong support base. As the name suggests, it stands a little offset from the seating arrangement to ensure you have enough room for movement but is very effective in providing shade to a large area. The pole is designed at one side of the umbrella and has a large arm to suspend the canopy. The only drawback of an offset umbrella is that it is heavyweight and can be easily moved from one place to another.

Tilting Umbrella

A tilting umbrella is similar to a table umbrella sans table. But it has an important feature of tilting.  With the help of an additional joint at the pole, the umbrella can be rotated and adjusted at different angles around the pole to block the sun in the right spot. This flexible shade product can extend your outside time during the summer months as it's able to protect you from the scorching heat throughout the day according to the moving sun.

Tiki Umbrella

Do you want to give a beach-style Hawaiian look to your patio? If so, tiki umbrellas are your best bet. Made of polypropylene faux grass, this type of umbrella is designed to resemble a grass hut. This shade product is ideal to create an island-themed patio environment which is both practical and visually appealing. However, tiki umbrellas don’t come with a base because they’re designed to stick in the sand. To place them in your patio, you need a strong support base.

Commercial Umbrella

Often used at hotels, restaurants and coffee shops, commercial patio umbrellas are the go-to option for people who want a sturdy yet portable shade product. These umbrellas not only give a cooler space for customers to sit but also enhance the aesthetic appeal of the outdoors. When installed on a patio, these shade products prove to be more durable than their counterparts and work as a decorative element as well.

Sail Umbrella

If you want an unconventional shade product that gives an offbeat look to your patio, sail umbrellas are a perfect choice. These umbrellas don’t have a pole and are tied on the trees instead. They feature a tri-cornered canopy and offer complete shade right above the patio furniture set or table. The absence of a long pole or support base makes this patio umbrella convenient to pack and carry. So, even if you’re going on a picnic, you can have a handy outdoor umbrella with you.

These were some commonly used patio umbrellas that are both functional and attractive. Choose one that goes well with your outdoor living space and lifestyle needs. Each type of umbrella is unique in its own way and provides a comfortable shade to the people sitting underneath it. If you’re confused, it is advisable to consult a backyard specialist near you. 


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Created on Mar 19th 2019 01:23. Viewed 208 times.

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