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Tips When Buying Large Outdoor Patio Umbrellas
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Tips When Buying Large Outdoor Patio Umbrellas

Here are some tips and suggestions that I hope will help you make up your mind when purchasing large outdoor patio umbrellas to give you shade on your patio in the summer and can be removed for storage in the winter.

1. First tip is to do with choosing the size. Most people will choose a size to do with price that they think will be adequate for their needs. It has been the experience of many that unfortunately they should have purchased the next size up which cost wise is usually minor.

2. If you are going to put your patio umbrella through a hole in your table then make sure that when the umbrella is closed that there is enough clearance between the table and umbrella before you buy it and take it home.

3. Make sure that your method of securing the umbrella at the table is safe as a gust of wind could quite easily upset your table and umbrella so a sturdy umbrella base is definitely a must.

4. If you are on a rooftop or balcony then you may find that the wind is totally different than if you are on the ground. The wind will be directed by walls and suck like and your umbrella could become like a parachute if the wind gets under it.

5. Depending on the size of your umbrella make sure that it is easy to open as some come with a winch while some use a pulley and rope system. Large umbrellas can be quite heavy to open so this needs to be checked out.

6. One disadvantage of a sun umbrella is that the sun is moving during the day and so to keep you in the shade your umbrella needs some form of adjustment to turn or tilt to allow for the suns movement.

7. The type of canopy that your umbrella is made of should be considered as well. If it is basically a sun umbrella it should have a UPF 50 rating. If it is to be water proof then it should be made of PVC which is usually fully waterproof and 100% UPF proof.

8. If you are looking for a light weight umbrella then a polyester fabric will do but be aware that it does not offer the same sun protection as the other materials.

Most patio umbrellas are constructed of light-weight aluminum and are free standing in design. It is possible to buy umbrella stands (usually cast iron) that will hold the patio umbrella down to prevent it moving around in light breezes.


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