Patio umbrellas provide UV protection
Spending hours outside lounging by the pool or enjoying an al fresco meal under the sun can get hot and put you at risk for sunburn. It's vital that you furnish your outdoor settings with adequate shade so you can relax in comfort and free from worry. While cantilever umbrellas work well for large dining and lounging areas, they can be too big for smaller spaces and often lack portability.
Center post outdoor umbrellas for a variety of spaces
Market umbrellas are what most people picture when thinking about patio umbrellas. These handy sun umbrellas are identified by a straight support pole which runs through the middle of their canopy. While typically not considered big umbrellas, they come in many sizes and shapes to accommodate settings where square footage is at a premium or the layout oddly shaped. Table umbrellas have slender poles that pass through holes in dining tables to create welcome shade relief for casual afternoon meals outside. While they can be permanently mounted, most center pole shades are stabilized by umbrella stands. This makes them highly mobile, which is helpful if you want to move them to different areas of your deck or terrace. Slide them between a couple of sun loungers and you have a great pool umbrella.
Commercial quality center pole patio shades
Decor Outdoor only sells market umbrellas from top-of-the-line manufacturers who produce sun shades for luxury resorts, high-end restaurants and upscale residential locations alike. They utilize strong aluminum, steel and hardwoods for center poles and canopy supports to ensure they can handle the elements. Some have fiberglass ribs to improve performance in high winds. Most are Sunbrella umbrellas - the gold standard in high-performance outdoor textiles. The solution-dyed acrylic canopies are colorfast, repel water and are UV and tear-resistant.
Key features to compare - Market umbrellas
- Lift Mechanism - Centerpost umbrella canopies may raised and lowered by manually lifting the lower hub, using a crank, pulley and pin, etc.
- Tilt Mechanism - Some market umbrellas can be tilted by pushing a button, turning a crank or twisting a collar
- Wind Resistance - Check the Beaufort rating to determine how much wind an umbrella can handle safely
- Pole Type - Most poles are a single piece, but others come in two pieces and screw together and some telescope
- Pole Width - The wider the pole, the sturdier the shade but some may not fit through an umbrella table hole
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Frequently Asked Questions
How heavy should a market umbrella base be?
Market umbrella bases should be 10 pounds for every canopy foot if the shade is free-standing and 5 pounds if it's through a table. So, a 10 foot standalone centerpost umbrella should ideally have a 100 pound base, but the same umbrella only needs a 50 pound base if it's through a table.
Are market umbrellas really round?
While many market umbrella canopies are advertised as "round," most are actually octagonal or even hexagonal. However, there are some outdoor centerpost umbrellas which are essentially round but they tend to be smaller. Square, rectangular and even half canopies are also available.