Umbrellas & Shades
Luxury patio shade umbrellas and canopies
When the sun is beating down, the heat and glare can be uncomfortable if you're outside. A little shade can make an afternoon of entertaining on your deck or lounging poolside much more enjoyable. Our premium outdoor umbrellas and patio shades come with a variety of helpful options, in multiple colors and styles. These high end outdoor shades are made by designer brands like Jardinico, Woodline, Umbrosa, Shadowspec, Shademaker, Bambrella and FiberBuilt, using the finest materials. Our selection ranges from small round parasols to large patio umbrellas to luxurious daybeds and pavilions with adjustable canopies.
Market umbrellas - great additions to any patio set
These familiar deck umbrellas have a single center pole and the canopy may be lifted using various mechanisms: manual lift, pulley and crank. Some also have a tilt feature, which enables you to angle the canopy to track the movement of the sun throughout the day. Freestanding parasols require a patio umbrella stand to remain upright. The poles may also pass through holes in the middle of specially designed outdoor umbrella tables. These convenient furnishings enable you to carry on long conversations at the dining table without fear of overexposure to harsh ultraviolet rays.
Cantilever umbrellas - greater coverage of your deck furniture
These offset umbrellas typically have hanging canopies and feature arms or frames which are positioned to the side. This configuration enables cantilever patio umbrellas to provide sun protection for a large area, without getting in the middle of things. They're perfect for hot tubs or lounge areas where a market umbrella can't be used or would obstruct activities. Many offset patio umbrellas can rotate 360° - providing sunshade for an even greater area without having to move.
Canopies - modern gazebos and cabanas
These large freestanding sun shades provide maximum protection for patio furniture sets or when you want a little more privacy. Their ceilings and curtains are made from UV-resistant textiles, which not only shield you from the sun above but the side as well. The wall blinds of these outdoor patio shades can often be adjusted to conceal or reveal as much of the area around as you wish. We carry a number of outdoor canopies and pavilions that house daybeds, allowing you to escape to your own private oasis, away from the noise of kids or bothersome glare. Some also have modern LED lighting options.
Accessories - patio umbrella bases and protective covers
Outdoor umbrella stands or bases, whether for center pole or offset styles, prevent parasols from tipping over in windy conditions. The weight required increases with the diameter of the canopy and the length of the cantilever arm. They come in various shapes and are usually constructed of metal and concrete. Heavier models sometimes incorporate wheels to make moving them easier. It's important to have patio umbrella covers to protect your investment. Not only should you close and secure the sun shade canopy when it's not in use, but you should wrap it in a weather-resistant cover.
Materials - Sunbrella fabrics, durable woods and corrosion-resistant metals
The canopies of our shades are covered in weather-resistant Sunbrella® fabric or similar textiles such as Outdura®, Spuncrylic® and Solidum®, which have high UPF ratings, provide relief from the sun's rays and keep their vibrant colors for many years. Our patio umbrella parts are made using eco-friendly teak, meranti, aluminum and fiberglass to ensure that they not only look great but can accommodate changing weather and wind conditions too. High-quality outdoor materials may cost a little more initially, but they save you more money in the long run since you don't have to keep replacing items. So, kick back in comfort this summer and enjoy the warm weather in style.
- Ultimate Patio Umbrella Buying Guide
- Outdoor Furniture Materials Guide
- Patio Furniture Cleaning & Care Guide
- Signs You Need to Replace Your Patio Umbrella Canopy Now
- What is UPF?
Frequently Asked Questions - Umbrellas & Shades
What are different types of outdoor shades?
There are a wide variety of mobile and fixed outdoor shades. Most fall under these categories:
- Market Umbrellas
- Cantilever Umbrellas
- Shade Sails
What's the best brand of patio umbrella or outdoor shade?
There are many manufacturers of high-end outdoor umbrellas and shade structures. Some specialize in sun protection, while others also product patio furniture. Top brands include:
What's the difference between a shade sail and a canopy?
Shade sails are pieces of UV-resistant fabric that are stretched between several anchored points (e.g. wall, roof or pole) to provide protection from the sun. The fixed points must be stable to handle the tension required to keep the fabric taut. Canopies are also made of fabric but they typically hang or are draped over a structure that may attached to a building (e.g. eave) or a standalone (e.g. four poster frame).