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6 Advices To Look Into In Purchasing Patio Umbrellas

In completion of my outdoor patio furniture set, I decided to purchase a patio umbrella for my garden.

The ideal time for planning a backyard BBQ cookout would be during lunchtime because I actually live in the part of the country that is relatively high in altitude so the evenings can get rather chilly so eating during this time isn’t usually plausible.

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.

I always like to go into deep research when I am buying something regardless of what product it is, so I decided to share my discoveries with you. These relevant points is took upon contemplation before buying it.

First on the list is the frame. The choices can just either be wood or aluminium mainly. Using the wood has its disadvantage which is it is heavy so it will be hard to move it, but if portability is not a factor for you then wood will do to fill the shoes.

Secondly, the lifting mechanism of the patio umbrella. Depending on the size of the patio umbrella the lifting mechanism can be very vital for you. When you have a heavy umbrella, there should be a level on the umbrella pole that you wind and it goes up, this is called the crank system.

There is also less intricate systems that makes use of a pulley where you pull on a rope to make the umbrella go up, and you pin it to make sure it is locked. Lastly there’s the tried and tested collar where you push it up until you hear a click indicating it to be locked.

Thirdly, is the tilt. About two option can be used in tilting your patio umbrella. a)In tilting the umbrella, an auto system uses the crank. b)Tilting the umbrella can be achieve by rotating one of the ribs.

The fourth thing to consider is the shade size. The size of the umbrella should be 5 feet more than the area of the table if you want to be sure to provide shade to the chairs as well, this is known as the general rule of thumb.

Fifth on the list is the fabric used. The fabric is one of the biggest driver of cost, if you decided to choose cheaper fabrics then the only thing I can be sure of is that the color will fade.

The last on the list is the maximum shade and an offset umbrellas that are flexible. The umbrellas should be free standing so no addition cost will go to buying umbrella stand and the pole is to one side, so you can freely position the umbrella where you wish to maximize the shade or to ensure the view isn’t disturbed, these are the key points.