Cantilever Patio Umbrellas

Cantilever Patio Umbrellas

Outdoor shades help block the sun and rain

When the sun’s rays are beating down, nothing adds comfort to the patio quite like ample shade. And while dappled light from backyard trees can make for pleasant ambiance, only an umbrella offers true, consistent and reliable shade.

Market umbrellas can be placed anywhere. From patios to your garden, they are amazingly nimble. They can even be wall mounted! But no matter where you place them, they offer reliable shade when mounted through umbrella tables.

But, these products are limited in the amount of coverage they provide. Moreover, their adaptability to changing conditions is less than ideal. This is where cantilever patio umbrella options come into play.

A cantilever patio umbrella can provide sun protection from ultraviolet light and rain over larger spaces. The canopies come in all shapes, sizes, colors and styles. They are typically made from water-repellent solution-dyed acrylic, polyester or olefin fabric.

Neutral tones like white, beige, grey and black complement virtually every furniture style on a deck or next to a swimming pool. Conversely, vibrant red, green, yellow or even a striped canopy makes a bold statement on a sunny lawn or backyard garden.

Wind vents at the top of most canopies allow air to safely flow and provide ventilation in all weather.

Offset umbrellas for outdoor lounge & dining settings

Large cantilever umbrellas are large patio umbrellas with their support pole on the side of the canopy. The overhanging configuration enables side post deck umbrellas to shade extra large areas. And all without poles or frames obstructing the view or traffic lanes.

This design makes them the ideal umbrella type for shade over dining tables and lounge seating. Thanks to a cantilever patio umbrella, you can freely interact with friends and family.

They can even protect an outdoor kitchen on a hardwood deck, as offset umbrellas offer unmatched levels of flexibility.

Offset umbrella canopies typically have tilt systems that let you make an adjustment in one or more directions. They can often be rotated up to 360° with ease.

This functionality enables you to tweak the shade position throughout the day. Simply adjust for your desired angle and the umbrella will remain in position.

The tilt system also allows you to cover different areas of your patio, pool or garden. As the sun moves, each area of your backyard can benefit from coverage. For dynamic areas with a lot of different sun angles, the choice is clear. An offset patio umbrella is your best bet for maximum coverage.

Tilt mechanisms on offset umbrellas range from cranks to handles that you maneuver up and down the frame. Some modern styles have integrated LED lights that allow you to enjoy your backyard in the evening.

Add-on items such as Bluetooth® speakers or heaters can also bring the comfort of indoor living to the outdoors year-round. There are also elaborate cantilever patio umbrellas with multiple canopies that operate independently. These options allow you to customize the shade by area.

Consider an offset patio umbrella if you want the best of the best for your outdoor space.

Hospitality-grade cantilever patio umbrellas

Due to their size, side pole umbrellas require more substantial design and structural quality than their center pole counterparts. Typically, these types of metal umbrellas have an aluminum pole or steel frame structure with heavy duty ribs and reinforced connection points. However, some models may be available with wood frames.

They also demand heavier umbrella bases or more industrial mounting options. This is critical, as weighted bases are what keep these high end cantilever patio umbrella models reliably in place.

Decor Outdoor sells durable cantilevered umbrellas that can be used in residential homes and commercial locations (e.g. resorts, hotels, restaurants, etc), and are designed to stand up to extended exposure in the elements. Enduring style and dependable design are hallmarks of luxury products valued by discerning buyers.

Most of our shades have fabric canopies from premium brands like Sunbrella®, Outdura® and Spuncylic®. These high-performance synthetic textiles repel water, resist fading and provide UV protection. Coastal locations may require marine-grade fabric that has a heavier weight, tighter weave and more durable coating. These factors help combat strong winds and salt air.

Cantilevered patio umbrellas - Worthwhile investments of time & money

Usually, cantilevers cost significantly more than market umbrellas and need more planning, setup preparation and room. They are not only typically larger in height and weight. They are also constructed with stronger designs and incorporate greater functionality. However, this type of shade requires substantial anchoring to ensure that it does not tip over.

In some instances, a heavily weighted stand or portable base with wheels (often filled with sand or concrete pavers) may work. However, permanent mounting may be necessary for patio umbrellas with a larger canopy size, windier environments or higher traffic settings.

Installation may be as simple as affixing surface mounts to concrete patios. It can also be as complex as digging a hole on a property, inserting an in-ground mount and pouring cement.

It may be a more involved DIY or contracted design project. But it provides greater stability and improves the durability of your investment. All this and more help a cantilever patio umbrellas perform and look great for years.

Similarly, the maintenance of side pole patio umbrellas is more involved than for center post shades. Manufacturers thankfully usually provide tutorials and tips that make it relatively easy for most people to handle.

Key features & factors to compare - Cantilevered patio umbrellas

  • Lift Mechanism - Large cantilever patio umbrellas have heavy canopies, so it makes a difference if there's a lever, crank lift, handle or dial
  • Rotation - Cantilevers that can rotate 360 degrees can cover multiple areas at different times of the day
  • Tilt Function - Most cantilever shades can tilt forward and back, side to side or both to adjust to the sun's position (be aware of the height at different angles to avoid clearance issues)
  • Canopy Shape - A rectangular canopy works well over a long dining area, while a round or square cantilever umbrella is ideal for a symmetrical seating area
  • Wind Resistance - Check the Beaufort rating to determine how much wind a large cantilever umbrella can handle safely
  • Collapsibility - Canopies close and fold in a variety of ways and some can be unsightly or hard to store even when closed
  • Mobility - Wheeled freestanding bases and permanent mounts with quick release umbrella features make it easier to relocate offset umbrellas

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Frequently Asked Questions – Outdoor Cantilever Umbrellas

How heavy should a cantilever outdoor umbrella base be?

Most cantilever patio umbrella manufacturers recommend 30-40 pounds per canopy foot (even more for windy settings). So, an offset umbrella with a 10-foot diameter canopy should have a base that is at least 300-400 pounds.

How much space do side pole umbrellas need?

Many cantilever outdoor umbrellas can rotate up to 360°. So, if you want to shade multiple areas, you need to double the horizontal clearance space. The canopy diameter and additional arm length to the side pole all but demand it.

Also, offset umbrellas may be able to tilt the canopy almost 90°. With this design, you need a lot more vertical space to accommodate all angles.

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