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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 evenings can get somewhat chilly in the part of the country I live in because it is an area which is high in altitude, so eating out at this time isn’t always possible so lunchtime may be the best time to plan a backyard BBQ cookout.

My guests and their families can get easily get burned because my patio area is fairly exposed so when the sun is out it directly affects them, this was the time that I knew that I should invest in a patio umbrella.

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. The list below are the relevant points I considered before purchasing the product.

First on the list is the frame. It is between wood or aluminium basically. One of the major disadvantage of choosing wood is that it is heavy and you can’t just move it easily, but if portability is not that important for you then wood is what you are looking for.

Second on the list is the lifting mechanism of the patio umbrella. The lifting mechanism is vital for you depending on the size of the patio umbrella. The crank system is especially made for heavy umbrellas, this means there is a level on the umbrella pole that you wind and it goes up.

There is also a system using pulley, where you pull on the rope and the umbrella goes up and you can secure its position with a pin, this is an example of the less extravagant systems. Finally there exists a tried and tested collar that you have to push upwards until a click can be heard showing that it has been locked.

Thirdly, is the tilt. There are two options in tilting your patio umbrella. a)The crank is used by the auto system to tilt the umbrella b)Rotating one of the ribs to tilt the umbrella.

Fourth is the shade size. Following the general rule of thumb, the size of the umbrella should be 5 feet greater than the area of the table you wish to as to give you extra room required for the chairs to be included.

The fifth thing to consider 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 key points are that they don’t need umbrella stand that can generate extra cost so they have to be free standing and since the pole is to one side, you are free to position the umbrella where you can maximize the shade and the view isn’t interrupted.

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