Patio umbrellas provide UV protection & shelter from rain
Spending hours outside lounging at the beach, conversing 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 kick back in comfort and free from worry. A high-quality outdoor umbrella is an easy addition to improve the safety and relaxation of open yards, patios or any outside living space. Parasol canopies need to be big enough to block the glare from direct sunlight and reflections, and use heavy duty fabric that will protect against harmful UV rays when sunglasses and sunscreen aren’t enough. When clear skies turn to storms, weather-resistant canvas canopies can also keep you dry. Canopy options are almost limitless - they come in a wide array of colors, striped patterns and styles (e.g. valances, scalloped or fringe edges for a casual boho feel). The shade provides much-needed cooling in the heat of the day, while air vents allow ventilation and make it more wind resistant. While extra large cantilever umbrellas work well for spacious seating areas, they can be too big for smaller spaces, often lack portability and assembly can be challenging. Additionally, offset umbrellas and wall mount variations usually cost a lot more even before you budget for installation and maintenance.
Center post outdoor umbrellas for a variety of spaces
Market umbrellas are what most people picture when thinking about outdoor 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 diameter sizes and shapes to accommodate an urban backyard or other outdoor settings where there isn’t much room or the layout is oddly shaped. Table umbrellas have slender poles that pass through holes in dining tables to create welcome shade relief when you’re sharing food and cold drinks outdoors with friends. Some varieties have push button or crank tilt mechanisms that enable the canopy to be maneuvered as the sun moves.
Parasol umbrella bases & mounting options
Most center pole shades are stabilized by the weight of umbrella stands. Umbrella bases are generally round or square and made of steel, aluminum or concrete. Less expensive versions may be hollow plastic filled with water or sand, while larger ones may require stacking a number of stone or granite pavers. Heavy stands often have built-in wheels or locking casters on the sides or bottom - making them to be highly mobile, which is helpful if you want to move them to different areas of your lawn, deck or terrace. It also helps when the weather turns cold and you need to store the shade away. Like offset cantilever patio umbrellas, market umbrellas can also be permanently mounted on a number of surfaces: cement, a wood deck or in the ground surrounded by poured concrete. Some mounting projects may be as simple as drilling into a surface and using screws to attach a plate at the bottom of a pole. Others may be more complicated and involve running bolts between deck slats and fastening stabilizers underneath to ensure a shade is properly secured.
Garden umbrella canopies in all diameters & colors
While 9 ft, 10 ft and 11 ft canopies are among the most popular sizes, center pole patio umbrellas can range from 6 to 15 feet and larger. More spacious parasols stand taller and may require a lighter weight fabric (e.g. Sunbrella furniture-grade instead of canopy-grade). Darker colored fabrics like navy, forest green, burgundy and chocolate brown block UV light waves extremely well but absorb heat and are susceptible to fading (as are vibrant yellow, orange and red). Lighter tones such as pink, lilac, sky blue and lime reflect heat but tend to require more frequent cleaning. Beige, light grey and other hues close to white may increase glare depending on the surrounding architecture colors and the presence of water in a pool or natural body.
Go anywhere center pole shades - more than just sun protection
Set a garden umbrella next to a wooden bench or chairs along a stone path to create a tranquil get-away, or slide a center pole shade between a couple of sun loungers and you have a great pool umbrella. If your family spends a lot of time at the beach during the Summer, some smaller products have poles with a spear-like design that enables you to secure the shade in the sand. Beach umbrellas provide a much-needed private oasis for kids to run to after a long swim in the ocean waves under the hot sun. If you’re on a Caribbean vacation, you might even spot a few tiki-style umbrellas made of thatch. A few modern versions integrate LED lights into their ribs or you can find lighting or Bluetooth® speaker attachments that snap around the umbrella’s frame. These devices allows you to sit outdoors under the stars in the fresh night air - increasing the fun and value of your investment.
Seller of commercial quality center pole patio shades
Decor Outdoor is a boutique online store that only sells market umbrellas from top-of-the-line manufacturers who produce sun shades for luxury resorts, high-end restaurants and upscale residential locations. Our premium suppliers utilize strong aluminum, steel and hardwoods for center poles and canopy supports to ensure the patio umbrellas can stand up to the elements. Some have fiberglass ribs to improve performance in high winds. Most are Sunbrella umbrellas - the gold standard in high-performance outdoor textiles. Other brands of fabrics such as Outdura® and Spuncrylic® are also durable, although they may have a shorter warranty against fading and ordinary use damage. These solution-dyed acrylic, polyester or olefin canopies are colorfast, repel water and are UV and tear-resistant. This durability is critical to ensure that market-style outdoor umbrellas function and look great for many seasons. Marine-grade fabrics and finishes are suggested for yachts, beachfront property or homes where there is salt air. Our curated selection of premium brands and timeless collections allow interior designers, architects, commercial buyers and discriminating residential customers to shop for luxury outdoor home decor items that bring the elegance of indoor living outside.
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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 center pole umbrellas which are essentially round but they tend to be smaller. Square, rectangular and even half canopies are also available.